Japanese terrier

Description Japanese terrier

Inquisitive, affectionate, cuddly
The Japanese Terrier, also known as the Nippon Terrier, is a bright and funny fellow. In character, it is very similar to the Jack Russel Terrier. Despite the external resemblance, he is descended from completely different breeds. As a playful and intelligent dog, he is not only suitable for singles. He also makes a loyal companion as a family dog. Sporty seniors will also have a lot of fun with it.FCI Group: Terriers

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 2.3-4.1kg
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Coat type: short hair
  • Colors: Black, Tan, White

Character Japanese terrier

It was recognized as a breed in 1964 and assigned to Group 3 by the FCI. Coloration is fairly strictly black, tan, and white. The head is color-coded with black or black and tan. The body is often all white or white with black and/or tan markings.
The Japanese Terrier is very keen to please you.

He is inquisitive, eager to learn and wants one thing above all – your attention! On the other hand, he is also very cuddly and the perfect lap dog! He is often fixated on one person in the household, but is only too happy to enjoy everyone’s attention.
He learns commands very quickly. He always wants to be challenged and is happy about new tasks. A dog school would be recommended, but not an absolute must. He is ideal as a retriever.

Hours of exercise is not necessary, but it does require employment. He quickly becomes enthusiastic about learning games, agility exercises or treadmill training.
He gets along with other dogs and other small animals like cats. Because he was bred to be a lap dog, his hunting instincts are minimal. Cuddles with his owner are all the more important to him.

His affection makes him a popular companion. However, his curiosity and openness also allow him to cross borders. If you let him, he will sleep under your covers and lovingly claim his space.

Diet Japanese terrier

The right feed is extremely important to avoid diet-related diseases. A balanced diet that is adapted to your pet is important. Due to its active nature, the Japanese terrier has its own nutritional requirements. He is very agile, so care should be taken to ensure a sufficient supply of energy.
High-quality complete feeds are precisely tailored to the nutritional needs of your dog.

These ensure a supply of all the necessary nutrients. Ready-to-eat food of high quality has the advantage that no feed additives are required.
Terriers are often prone to allergies based on grains containing gluten. In this case, you should make sure that the diet contains other carbohydrate sources. Rice or potatoes are a good alternative here.

Food intolerance can lead to skin rashes, inflammation and digestive problems.
It is advisable to feed your terrier several times a day, in small portions. After each feeding, a digestion break should be guaranteed. Before planned sporting activities, you should refrain from feeding.


The fur of your Japanese terrier is extremely easy to care for, as it is only about 2 cm long. Although he sheds little, you will enjoy removing loose hair with a silicone glove. Dandruff can also be removed in this way and blood circulation in the skin is stimulated.
Your terrier’s hair doesn’t grow very thick. It is therefore advisable to put a coat on him in the cold months.

If you stay outdoors for a long time, your stomach and nose must be protected with sunscreen.
When cleaning your teeth, you should make sure not to feed them any sugary foods. These damage the teeth, which in turn can lead to serious digestive problems.


The Japanese terrier is rarely represented in Europe. Nevertheless, he enjoys increasing popularity due to his cheerful nature. Its stock was severely decimated during World War II, but is now considered secure.
It is believed that Shorthaired Fox Terriers came to Japan on merchant ships from Holland in the 17th century. There they were crossed with local pointers.

The Japanese terrier was bred specifically as a lap dog, but was also used to catch mice.
A small, black dog named “Kuro” from the district of Noda is believed to be the father of today’s Japanese terrier. He in turn resulted from a mating of English Toy Terrier and Toy Bull Terrier. A very short haired female Kobe Terrier was mated to “Kuro” and the puppies became known as “Japan Terriers”.

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Your fur nose especially likes to play with balls and ropes, because he likes to fetch. He also likes dummies and toys that can be filled with food. Since the Japanese terrier can also be kept well in small apartments, mental games for dogs are a good idea.
The Japanese terrier has very well developed musculature, but its bone structure is rather fine. It is therefore advisable to use a dog harness instead of a collar.

Should he have to stay at home alone for a certain period of time, chewing bones of an appropriate size are ideal toys.

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