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Hokkaido Dog Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Hokkaido Dog so you can get to know the breed more.

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Hokkaido Dog
OriginJapan
Other Names
What other names does the Hokkaido Dog have? The dog breed also known as...
Ainu dog, Dō-ken, Ainu-ken, Seta
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Hokkaido Dog recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Hokkaido Dog recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Hokkaido Dog breed?
America's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Hokkaido Dog puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Hokkaido Dog price:
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Hokkaido Dog, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Hokkaido Dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Hokkaido Dog gets to a happy place.

Hokkaido Dog General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Hokkaido Dog size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Hokkaido Dog weigh? Hokkaido Dog weight:
45-65 pounds (20-30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Hokkaido Dog? Hokkaido Dog average weight:
55 pounds (25 kg)
Height
How tall is the Hokkaido Dog? Hokkaido Dog height:
18-22 inches (46-56 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Hokkaido Dog average height:
20 inches (49 cm)

Hokkaido Dog Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Hokkaido Dog have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Thick
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Hokkaido Dog's coat?
BlackBlack & TanBrindleWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Hokkaido Dog and how often?
Advanced: The Hokkaido Dog requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Hokkaido Dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Hokkaido Dog, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Hokkaido Dog dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Ainu dog? Hokkaido Dog shedding level:
Hokkaido Dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Hokkaido Dog Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Hokkaido Dog have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertDocileBraveCourageousFaithful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Hokkaido Dog? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú Hokkaido Dog. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are Hokkaido Dog dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Hokkaido Dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Hokkaido Dogs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Hokkaido Dog sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Hokkaido Dogs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Hokkaido Dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Ainu dog need? Hokkaido Dog social needs:
Hokkaido Dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Hokkaido Dog dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Dō-ken bark?
Average: The Hokkaido Dog barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Hokkaido Dog good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Hokkaido Dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Hokkaido Dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Hokkaido Dog dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Hokkaido Dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Hokkaido Dog can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Hokkaido Dog will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Hokkaido Dog bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Ainu dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Hokkaido Dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Hokkaido Dog has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Hokkaido Dog do?
Hokkaido Dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Hokkaido Dogs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Hokkaido Dog to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Hokkaido Dog roam?
Hokkaido Dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Hokkaido Dog have high prey drive?
Hokkaido Dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Hokkaido Dog good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem lakásbarát kutya Hokkaido Dog. Ha nincs kerted, akkor jól gondold át a döntésedet, sok gondot okozhat Hokkaido Dog tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Hokkaido Dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Hokkaido Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Hokkaido Dog dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Hokkaido Dog Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Hokkaido Dog temperament with other people:
Hokkaido Dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Hokkaido Dog dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Hokkaido Dog temperament with children:
Hokkaido Dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Hokkaido Dog dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Hokkaido Dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Hokkaido Dog good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Hokkaido Dog dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Hokkaido Dogs are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Hokkaido Dog can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Hokkaido Dogs good office dogs? Do Hokkaido Dogs make good office friendly dogs? Can Hokkaido Dogs be office dogs?
No
Hokkaido Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Hokkaido Dog dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Ainu dog temperament with senior people? Are Hokkaido Dog dogs good for elderly owners?
Hokkaido Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Hokkaido Dog dogs get along with other pets? Are Hokkaido Dog dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Hokkaido Dogs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Hokkaido Dog breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Hokkaido Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Hokkaido Dog be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Hokkaido Dog is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Hokkaido Dog be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Hokkaido Dog be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Hokkaido Dog is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Hokkaido Dog be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Hokkaido Dog is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Hokkaido Dog be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Hokkaido Dog is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Hokkaido Dog be a boat dog?
Not really
Hokkaido Dog breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Hokkaido Dog be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Hokkaido Dog is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Hokkaido Dog Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Hokkaido Dog dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Hokkaido Dog is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Hokkaido Dog breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Hokkaido Dog breed? Most common health risks of Hokkaido Dog:
AllergiesBlocked Tear DuctsCollie Eye AnomalyCryptorchidismHeart MurmursHypodontia
Life Expectancy
How long do Hokkaido Dog dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Hokkaido Dog be?
12-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Hokkaido Dog breed hypoallergenic?
No
Hokkaido Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Hokkaido Dog have? What is the activity level of the Hokkaido Dog?
Hokkaido Dogs have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Hokkaido Dog dogs require per day?
Hokkaido Dogs have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Hokkaido Dogs sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Hokkaido Dog need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Hokkaido Dog risk for obesity:
Average. The Hokkaido Dog has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Hokkaido Dog's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers cold weather
The Hokkaido Dog can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Hokkaido Dog has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Hokkaido Dog drool?
The Hokkaido Dog is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Hokkaido Dog Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Hokkaido Dog: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Hokkaido Dog have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Hokkaido Dog have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-7 puppies

Hokkaido Dog Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Watchdog Ability: Hokkaido Dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Hokkaido Dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Hokkaido Dogs are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Hokkaido Dogs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Hokkaido Dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem lakásbarát kutya Hokkaido Dog.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Hokkaido Dog requires a lot of grooming.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Hokkaido Dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Hokkaido Dog is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Hokkaido Dogs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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