Hokkaido Dog

USD $300-$500 Price Avg.

Working Dogs



Breed Type



12-13 years


Breed Information

Group Working Dogs
Popularity/Rank 414
Origin Japan
Other Names Ainu dog, Ainu-ken, Dō-ken, Seta
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $300-$500
How much does it cost to buy a Hokkaido Dog?
Hokkaido Dog are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $300 to $500 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Hokkaido Dogs can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large
Weight 45-65 pounds (20-30 kg)
Height 18-22 inches (46-56 cm)
Lifespan 12-13 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companionship
Date of Origin 1869
Ancestry Spitz

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Thick
Coat Colors Black, Black & Tan, Brindle, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Brown, Blue, Amber, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Red, Grey, White
Coat Color Possibilities White, Cream, Red, Sable, Black, Silver, Fawn, Blue, Tan
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Soft and Fluffy
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, shedding blade, dematting comb, nail clippers, grooming scissors.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Alert, Brave, Brave, Courageous, Daring, Docile, Faithful, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Blocked Tear Ducts, Collie Eye Anomaly, Cryptorchidism, Heart Murmurs, Hypodontia
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers cold weather
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 20 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3/4 cup
Daily Cost $25-$50
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Hokkaido Dog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 3-7 puppies (Once a year.)


The Hokkaido Dog is a medium-sized breed of dog that originated in Japan. It is also known as the Ainu Dog, Ainu-ken, or Hokkaido Ken. This breed has a strong and muscular body with a thick double coat that comes in various colors such as black, white, red, sesame, and brindle. The Hokkaido Dog has an alert and intelligent expression with erect ears and a curled tail.

The Lifespan of the Hokkaido Dog is between 10 to 12 years. The Size of the breed ranges from 17 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder and they weigh between 35 to 50 pounds. The Colors of this breed can be black, white, red sesame or brindle with white markings on their chest and feet.

The Personality of the Hokkaido Dog is loyal and devoted to its family but can be wary around strangers. They are very active dogs who need plenty of exercise to stay healthy both physically and mentally. They are also very intelligent dogs who learn quickly but may become bored easily if not given enough stimulation or activities to do throughout the day.

The Hokkaido Dog is friendly with other dogs as well as children when properly socialized from an early age but may be wary around other animals due to their hunting instincts which can make them aggressive towards smaller animals such as cats or rabbits if not trained properly from an early age.

The Temperament of this breed is alert yet gentle making them great companions for families looking for an active yet loving pet that will fit into their lifestyle easily without too much effort on their part in terms of training or exercise needs.

The Health of this breed is generally good although they may suffer from hip dysplasia like many other breeds so it’s important for owners to keep up with regular vet checkups in order to catch any potential health issues before they become serious problems down the line.

The Adaptability level of this breed is high making them great pets for those living in apartments or small homes since they don’t require too much space for exercise needs due to their moderate size compared to larger breeds such as German Shepherds or Labrador Retrievers which require more room for running around outdoors on a daily basis in order stay healthy both physically and mentally . The benefits of having a Hokkaido Dog as a pet include its loyalty towards its family members along with its intelligence which makes it easy trainable when given proper guidance by its owner throughout its life time .


The Hokkaido Dog is a large, powerful dog that was originally bred in Japan for hunting. The breed is also known as the Ainu Dog, after the indigenous people of Japan's Hokkaido Island, where the breed was developed. The Hokkaido Dog is a descendant of the ancient Japanese Spitz-type dogs, and shares many characteristics with other Spitz breeds such as the Akita Inu and Shiba Inu.

The Hokkaido Dog is a versatile hunting dog that was used for both small game and large game such as bear and boar. The breed was also used as a guard dog and sled dog. The Hokkaido Dog is an intelligent breed that is easy to train.

The Hokkaido Dog nearly became extinct in the early twentieth century due to a combination of factors including cross-breeding with other breeds, disease, and a decline in the popularity of hunting. A few dedicated breeders worked to preserve the remaining purebred dogs and eventually succeeded in re-establishing the breed.

Today, the Hokkaido Dog is still relatively rare outside of Japan but is gaining in popularity due to its unique appearance and loyal, loving nature. The breed is recognized by several major kennel clubs including the American Kennel Club and United Kennel Club.