The Hokkaido is a breed originating in Japan and bred for hunting. It is characterized by its strong, broad head and sesame-colored coat. They are brave and protective dogs, with a strong hunting instinct.

General details

The breed is of medium size, weighing between 20 and 30 kilograms. The height in males is between 48.5 and 51.5 cm and in females between 45.5 and 48.5 cm. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 years. The Hokkaido belongs to Group 5 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes Spitz and primitive type dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Hokkaido is an ancient breed of dog that originated in Japan, specifically on the island of Hokkaido. These dogs are believed to have existed in the region for centuries and played an important role in the lives of the indigenous Ainu hunters. Originally, they were used for hunting large animals, such as bears and wild boars, demonstrating their bravery and skills as hunters. Over the years, the Hokkaido has maintained its role as a hunting dog in Japan and has also gained popularity as a companion and working dog in other parts of the world. Thanks to conservation efforts, the breed has been preserved and has gained international recognition for its unique heritage and importance in Japanese culture.

Breed characteristics

The Hokkaido is a breed of dog of Japanese origin, recognized for its robust and hardy appearance. They have a strong, broad head with small, triangular eyes and erect, triangular-shaped ears. The tail is set high and carried curled over the back. As for their coat, they have a double coat, with a dense undercoat and a rough, straight outer coat. The most common color is sesame, which is a mixture of red and black hairs, although they can also be pure white or solid red. The Hokkaido is a courageous, loyal and protective dog. They are intelligent and obedient dogs, but can also be independent and stubborn. They are energetic and need regular exercise, and have a strong hunting instinct. They are loyal to their family and can be reserved with strangers.

Common health problems

The Hokkaido breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as retinal detachment, cataract, persistent pupillary membrane and progressive retinal atrophy.

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