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Top 10 Japanese Dog Breeds Everyone Adores

Shiba Inu

Probably the most popular and recognizable of the Japanese dog breeds, Shiba Inus are known for their bushy coats

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Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz are a small dog breed that are known for having fluffy coats, tiny little bodies, and a whole lot of personality.

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Japanese Chin

With a chin like that, how could you not love the Japanese Chin? This silky-coated breed may have a small chin (and body), but its heart is anything but.

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Akita

At first glance you might mistake an Akita for a Shiba Inu (the two breeds are related, after all), but Akitas have some key differences in personality

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Tosa

Often described as gentle giants, Tosas are a big breed with an even bigger heart.

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Shikoku

Shikoku (otherwise known as Kochi Ken or Mikawa Inu) were originally bred to hunt big game, but don’t worry

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Japanese Terrier

Japanese Terriers are considered to be one of the country’s more modern breeds. Japanese Terriers are highly intelligent

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Hokkaido

Another breed that has a similar look to the Shiba Inu, Hokkaidos are an athletic breed with a thick, fluffy coat and lots of love to give.

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Kishu

Though a rather affectionate breed, you probably shouldn’t adopt a Kishu unless you’re okay with letting him roam freely in your yard. Kishus

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Kai Ken

As a devoted guardian and loyal companion to their masters, Kai Kens make a great addition to the family.

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Ryukyu Inu

Originating from Okinawa, the Ryukyu Ken is a medium-sized dog whose numbers are quickly declining.

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Sakhalin Husky

Meet Japan’s rarest living dog, the Sakhalin Husky who is unfortunately near extinction after the last known breeder of these majestic dogs died in 2012.

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The Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is a small dog that looks like a mix between the white Pomeranian and American Eskimo dog

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