Japanese Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Japanese Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.
Compare the Japanese Terrier With Other Dogs |
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Other Names |
What other names does the Japanese Terrier have?
|Kobe TerrierMikado TerrierNihon TeriaNihon TerrierOyuki Snowy TerrierNippon Terrier|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Japanese Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Japanese Terrier?
If you choose to purchase the Japanese Terrier, 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 Japanese Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Japanese Terrier gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Japanese Terrier? How many Japanese Terrier are there in the world?
Average: The Japanese Terrier is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.
Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.
Is a Japanese Terrier small, medium or large dog?
How big do Japanese Terrier get?
How much does the Japanese Terrier weigh? How much should the Japanese Terrier breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Japanese Terrier?
Average Weight |
What is the average weight of a Japanese Terrier?
How tall is the Japanese Terrier? Japanese Terrier height:
Average Height |
What is the average height of a Japanese Terrier?
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Japanese Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Japanese Terrier's coat?
How to groom the Japanese Terrier and how often?
Effortless: The Japanese Terrier requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.
Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Japanese Terrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level |
How much do Japanese Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Kobe Terrier?
Japanese Terriers 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.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Japanese Terrier need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Japanese Terrier every day?
| 3-4 weeks |
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.
Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.
What kind of personality does the Japanese Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Japanese Terrier? Is the Japanese Terrier breed dumb or smart?
Very smart: Japanese Terrier is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
The Japanese Terrier is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.
Are Japanese Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Japanese Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The Japanese Terrier is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Japanese Terrier sensitivity:
Sensitive: Japanese Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Is a Japanese Terrier a good family dog?
High: Japanese Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered 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 Kobe Terrier need? Japanese Terrier social needs:
Japanese Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do Japanese Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Kobe Terrier bark?
Average to High: The Japanese Terrier is a vocal breed. Not the best choice if you prefer a quiet breed. They often bark loudly and howl sometimes. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.
Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Japanese Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Japanese Terriers are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Japanese Terriers will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Japanese Terrier dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Japanese Terriers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential |
Do Japanese Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Kobe Terrier? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Japanese Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
The Japanese Terrier 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.)
Bite Force |
Does the Japanese Terrier has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Japanese Terrier? How much bite force does a Japanese Terrier have?
Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽
Japanese Terrier bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.
However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.
They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Japanese Terrier do?
Japanese Terriers have a higher than 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 Japanese Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Japanese Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Japanese Terrier roam?
Japanese Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Japanese Terrier have high prey drive?
Japanese Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Japanese Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Japanese Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Japanese Terrier breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Japanese Terrier indoors by introducing daily routines.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Japanese Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
How long can a Japanese Terrier be left alone?
Japanese Terriers 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.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Japanese Terrier temperament with other people:
Japanese Terriers are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Japanese Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Japanese Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Japanese Terriers are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly |
Are Japanese Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Japanese Terrier temperament with children:
Japanese Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Japanese Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Japanese Terrier breed live with a cat?
Japanese Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Japanese Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Japanese Terrier dogs get along with other dogs?
Japanese Terriers are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Japanese Terrier can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Japanese Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Japanese Terrier breed suitable for first-time owners?
Japanese Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly |
Are Japanese Terriers good office dogs? Do Japanese Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Japanese Terriers be office dogs?
Japanese Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Japanese Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Kobe Terrier temperament with senior people? Are Japanese Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Japanese Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Japanese Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Japanese Terriers are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits |
How often does the Japanese Terrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Japanese Terrier see the vet?
The Japanese Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Japanese Terrier dogs live? How old can a Japanese Terrier be? What is the age limit of the Japanese Terrier? How many years can the oldest Japanese Terrier live?
What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Japanese Terrier?
The average lifespan of Japanese Terrier: 13 years
Is the Japanese Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
| No |
Japanese Terriers 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 Japanese Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Japanese Terrier?
Japanese Terriers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much exercise does a Japanese Terrier need? How much exercise do Japanese Terrier dogs require per day?
Japanese Terriers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does the Japanese Terrier breed need?
Japanese Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption |
How much food does a Japanese Terrier need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Japanese Terrier breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Japanese Terrier? How much food should I feed my Japanese Terrier?
|1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Japanese Terrier risk for obesity:
Low: The Japanese Terrier has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. 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 change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Japanese Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
| Prefers average to warm weather conditions |
Different dogs have different preferences when it comes to weather conditions. However, in general, most dogs prefer average to warm weather conditions, as they typically find hot weather conditions to be uncomfortable and taxing.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Japanese Terrier 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 Japanese Terrier drool?
The Japanese Terrier is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Japanese Terrier could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Japanese Terrier.
If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Japanese Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
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).
Japanese Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Japanese Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Japanese Terrier be an emotional support animal?
This breed is 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 people with anxiety disorders or autism.
Japanese Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Japanese Terrier be a sniffer dog?
They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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.
Japanese Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Japanese Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.
The Japanese Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Japanese Terrier be a boat dog?
Japanese Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Japanese Terrier be a drafting dog?
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.
Japanese Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog |
Where Japanese Terrier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Gestation Length |
How long is a Japanese Terrier pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Japanese Terrier breed is pregnant?
Reproductive cycle of the female Japanese Terrier: 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.
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 Japanese Terrier have in a litter? How many puppies can the Japanese Terrier breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Japanese Terrier have? How many puppies can a Japanese Terrier give birth to?
AKC Group |
Is Japanese Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Japanese Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.|
Japanese Terrier Pros and Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Japanese Terrier is an excellent dog breed.
- Trainability: Japanese Terriers are easy to train.
- Health Issues: Japanese Terriers are commonly healthy dogs.
- Grooming: Effortless: The Japanese Terrier requires minimal grooming.
- Drooling Tendency: The Japanese Terrier is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
- Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low: The Japanese Terrier has good luck with genetics.
- Watchdog Ability: Japanese Terriers are good watchdogs.
- Adaptability: Japanese Terriers adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
- Child Friendly: Japanese Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
- Dog Friendly: Japanese Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Japanese Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
- Good For First Time Owners: Japanese Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Hypoallergenic: Japanese Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Japanese Terrier breed in the home.
- Mouthiness: Japanese Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Japanese Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Japanese Terriers 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: Japanese Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.