ORIGIN: Japan.
UTILIZATION: Companion dog
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I.: Group 5 - Spitz and primitive type
Section 5: Asian Spitz and related breeds

Without working trial

(Date of publication of the original vaild standard: 13.03.2001)

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Large-sized dog, sturdily built, well balanced and with much substance; secondary sex characteristics strongly marked, with high nobility and dignity in modesty; constitution tough.

The ratio of height at withers to length of body (from the point of the shoulders to the point of the buttock) is 10 : 11, but the body is slightly longer in bitches than in dogs.

The temperament is composed, faithful, docile and receptive.



Set on high, thick, carried vigorously curled over back ; the tip nearly reaching hocks when let down.




Resilient and powerful movement.

Outer coat harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense ; the withers and the rump are covered with slightly longer hair ; the hair on tail is longer than on the rest of the body.
Red fawn, sesame (red fawn hairs with black tips), brindle and white. All the above mentioned colours except white must have « urajiro ». (Urajiro = whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, on the underside of jaw, neck, chest, body and tail and on the inside of the legs).

Height at the withers:

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.


Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.