Other names

Ainu Inu

Life expectancy

14 years

Age adult

20 months

Height (Shoulder height)

47 cm


25 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / dense / straight

Coat color

sesame, red, black, brindle, white, black&loh

Common illnesses

susceptible to inbreeding

Food expenses per month in €

about € 57

Suitable for children

Rather not

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Medium grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


active / bold / calm / intelligent / loyal / tenacious / agile / stubborn / calm, composed / mistrustful of strangers

Bred for

fishing / game hunting / bear hunt

Common illnesses

susceptible to inbreeding

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The Hokkaido has a distinct hunting instinct which is why you should not let him run free. In his case a house with a garden is ideal, where he can roam around. Furthermore, he needs a lot of exercise. His training can be quite tricky, as he is only attached to one person and only accepts commands from this person. If you are too strict and he feels unfairly treated he reacts very stubborn. He accepts other family members and children, but is most loyal to his attachment figure. He tends to pick up fights with conspecifics and distances himself from strangers.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.