Hokkaido - Pawsource



The Hokkaido breed originates from the northern part of Japan, specifically the island of Hokkaido. The breed is also referred to as the "Ainu-ken", which refers to the island's indigenous Ainu people. The breed was originally bred as a hunting dog and was used to hunt large game such as bear and deer. The variety is very robust and hardy and has adapted to the harsh conditions of Hokkaido.


The Hokkaido breed is known for its loyalty and devotion to its owner. They are independent dogs that are alert by nature and have a strong territorial instinct. They are generally quiet and calm, but can also be lively and playful, especially when outside. Hokkaidos have a high level of intelligence and are very eager to learn, making them respond well to training. Being hunting dogs by nature, they have high energy levels and require a lot of exercise.


In general, Hokkaidos are healthy dogs and do not have any specific health issues that are common only to this breed. However, it is always important to ensure that your dog is regularly checked by a vet and that they receive the correct vaccinations. As with all dog breeds, it's important to keep an eye on your Hokkaido's physical and mental health.


It's important to brush a Hokkaido's coat regularly to prevent tangles and knots. The breed has a thick, double coat that protects them from the cold temperatures of Hokkaido, so it's important to help them regulate their body temperature during warmer seasons. It is also important to keep their ears clean to prevent infections. Hokkaidos have high energy levels and need regular exercise such as walking, running and playing. They also need to be mentally stimulated so giving them playtime and training sessions can be very helpful.

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