Japanese terrier

Other names: Nihon Teria, Japanese Terrier

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The Japanese Terrier is a small dog, with harmonious lines and proportions, and built with elegance. The gaits of the Japanese Terrier are characterized by light, supple and free movements.



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Hair type Short
Origin Japan
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 3 kg to 6 kg From 30 cm to 35 cm
Male From 3 kg to 6 kg From 30 cm to 35 cm
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History of the breed

the   Japanese terrier   is, as the name suggests, originated in Japan, but it is from Fox Terriers haired Dutch smooth as the breed was developed from the 17th century. To do this, she benefited from contributions from local dogs, in particular pointers from Nagasaki. Highly prized by the ladies he kept company, the Japanese Terrier began to be well-organized in breeding from the 1920s and his standard was set over the following decade. He was not spared by World War II, which, like most dogs, saw his numbers literally collapse.

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Physical features

His hair: very short, measuring only 2 millimeters, smooth, dense and shiny.
Its color: tricolor (black, tan and white head) or bicolor (white with black or fawn spots / patches).
His head: well proportioned to the whole. The skull is flat and slightly narrow, the stop moderately marked, the nose black, the muzzle straight, the lips not thick and tight, the teeth strong and articulated in scissors and the cheeks dry.
Its ears: relatively small, thin, V-shaped, set high and falling forward.
His eyes: dark, medium in size and oval in shape.
Its body: light, harmonious, distinguished and writable in a square, the height at the withers being equal to the length. The neck is of moderate length and strong, going thickening towards the shoulders. The withers are well out, the back short and firm, the loins and the croup slightly arched, the chest well let down without being broad, the ribs well sprung and the belly raised.
Its tail: quite fine, slightly curved towards the tip and carried at a moderate height when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Japanese Terrier is a companion dog with a pleasant and outgoing character . Active, affectionate and always ready to play , he gets along quite well with children and his peers. The Japanese Terrier is also appreciated for its liveliness and intelligence . Being a terrier to the core, it should be cautious if you have small pets in the home, especially rodents.

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The intelligence and the playful character of the Japanese Terrier constitute real assets in its education. By encouraging and rewarding him , we manage to teach him the basics of behavior in a relatively short time. Of course, a minimum of firmness is necessary to remain the master in his eyes, but that excludes any form of brutality against him.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Japanese Terrier adapts to all lifestyles , simply asking to be sheltered from harsh climatic conditions.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Japanese terrier   is to be protected from cold and bad weather due to its very short coat. There is no predisposition to any particular disease or abnormality in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Japanese Terrier is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Japanese terrier   loses very little hair and its maintenance is not very restrictive . He only claims basic care.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week and to wash it only occasionally so as not to damage its protective layer of sebum. Its hair, ears, eyes and pads should be examined after each outing in the wild to detect and remove any debris or external parasites.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
€ 1,100

The purchase price of a Japanese Terrier is between 900 € and 1100 €.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
€ 450

The annual maintenance cost of a Japanese Terrier is between $ 250 and $ 450.

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The Japanese Terrier needs a quality diet , adapted to his level of physical activity, his age and his size. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

Without being hyperactive, the Japanese Terrier needs long enough daily outings to allow him to be stimulated on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, sense. He appreciates the moments shared outside with his master, whether it be a simple walk or games that call on his remarkable skills (intelligence and skill).


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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– Active: the owner must be energetic and dynamic to live in harmony with his dog.
– Hyperactive: the owner must be stimulating and very restless to suit the temperament of his dog.”>

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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1964


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