Hokkaido Inu Purebreds and their Features

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The Hokkaido Inu is one of four purebreds that hail from Japan’s southern region known as Hokkaido. It was actually believed to have been developed by mixing the Pale wolf and the Alaskan wolf during prehistoric times. This small dog is lovely and is bred to be an excellent watchdog. This breed also has a cute and sweet personality that makes it one of the best pets for children, although it is not recommended for homes with little children since the Hokkaido Inu may end up as a destructive dog.

Characteristics Of Hokkaido Inu

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Hokkaido Inu dogs are referred to as “brush dogs’ ‘ because they usually shed their coats regularly. They also love to clean themselves by “baiting” (the scientific term for that). Other characteristics include a straight, dense muzzle, round eyes, short and stocky, and a sweet disposition. These qualities make the Hokkaido inu a prevalent breed that is often found in many animal shelters. Some breeds of this dog breed are also referred to as “brush terriers” and are very popular watch dogs around children.

Many of the dogs of this family have had their origins in Hokkaido and can be found there as specimens in the Japanese museum or zoo. According to the World Organization for Animals (WOA), the Inu had been first recorded as a specimen in the 1820s by an American zoologist named Capt. W. Tappen.

Popular As A Watchdog

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In addition to being famous as a watchdog and breed, Hokkaido has also become a source of great profit for veterinarians worldwide. The most outstanding characteristic of this dog breed is its temperament, which is noted for its strength, intelligence, and resilience. However, this strength and intelligence can often lead the dogs to become aggressive when they become overly territorial. Because of this, it is very essential that owners of this dog breed always exercise caution and never assume that Hokkaido is not aggressive or beyond control.

Because of the nature of Hokkaido’s thick, woolly coat, it is necessary to bathe this dog regularly. Owners should clean their Hokkaido at least once every two weeks, but even more often if possible; this will ensure that the coat does not become matted and greasy. If you have any questions about proper bathing procedures, consult with your veterinarian.

The last trait this dog has that sets it apart from other dogs is its ability to digest food. As a breed, it has a very high tolerance for carbohydrates, which makes it a good choice for those who need to maintain a low-carb diet. Those interested in adopting a Hokkaido dog breed should also keep in mind that many of these dogs suffer from allergies to certain types of foods, such as corn, wheat, soy, and even garlic.


If you are actually considering getting one of these dogs, it is essential to talk to your veterinarian and find out exactly what foods are safe for them to eat. Even if you plan to include rice in your daily diet, make sure that it is cooked correctly or consider another breed of dog that will not react negatively to the rice you are planning to feed to your Hokkaido dog breed.

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