Japanese Terrier

USD $1000-$1300 Price Avg.

Hunting Dogs



Breed Type



12-15 years


Breed Information

Group Hunting Dogs
Popularity/Rank 359
Origin Japan
Other Names Kobe Terrier, Mikado Terrier, Nihon Teria, Nihon Terrier, Nippon Terrier, Oyuki (Snowy) Terrier
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1000-$1300
How much does it cost to buy a Japanese Terrier?
Japanese Terrier are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $1000 to $1300 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 Japanese Terriers can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Small
Weight 5-9 pounds
Height 8-13 inches
Lifespan 12-15 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Purpose Companion
Date of Origin 1600s
Ancestry German Pinscher, Kobe Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Dense, Fine, Glossy, Slick, Smooth
Coat Colors Black, Tricolor, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Pied, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Affectionate, Caring, Cheerful, Lively, Swift, 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
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Cups Per Day 1 cups
Daily Cost $0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost $20.00 - $30.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Japanese Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-7 puppies (Once a year.)


The Japanese Terrier is a small, lively breed of dog that originated in Japan. It is a member of the Toy Group and is known for its friendly and outgoing personality. The Japanese Terrier has a unique appearance with its long, silky coat and distinctive facial features. It has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years and comes in several colors including black, white, tan, red, blue-gray, and brindle.

The Japanese Terrier is a small breed with an average size of 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 4 to 7 pounds. Its coat is long and silky with no undercoat which makes it easy to groom. The most common colors are black, white, tan, red, blue-gray, and brindle but there are also some rarer colors such as cream or sable.

The Japanese Terrier has an outgoing personality that makes it great for families or those looking for a companion dog. They are very friendly towards people as well as other dogs and animals making them great playmates for children or other pets in the home. They are also very intelligent which makes them easy to train but they can be stubborn at times so patience is key when training them!

The temperament of the Japanese Terrier can vary depending on their environment but generally they are active dogs that love attention from their owners. They do not require much exercise but do need regular walks or playtime in order to stay healthy both physically and mentally.

When it comes to health issues the Japanese Terrier does not have any major health concerns however they may be prone to minor issues such as eye problems or skin allergies due to their long coats so regular grooming is important for this breed’s overall health care needs.

The adaptability level of the Japanese Terrier is high making them suitable for both city living as well as rural areas since they do not require much exercise or space in order to stay happy and healthy! The benefits of having this breed as a pet include its friendly nature towards people as well as other animals making it great for families with children or those looking for companionship from their pet!


The Japanese Terrier is a small, alert and active toy dog breed with a long head, erect ears and a docked tail. The Japanese Terrier's coat is black and tan, and the breed is also known as the Black and Tan Terrier. The Japanese Terrier was once one of the most popular breeds in Japan, but the breed almost became extinct after World War II.

The Japanese Terrier's ancestors are thought to be the English White Terrier, the Manchester Terrier and the Toy Manchester Terrier. The first recorded mention of the Japanese Terrier dates back to 1853, when a dog of this type was exhibited at a dog show in England. In 1887, two Japanese Terriers were brought to England from Japan by Lady Londesborough. These two dogs were the foundation stock of the breed in England.

The Japanese Terrier was first recognized as a distinct breed in Japan in 1924. The breed became popular in Japan during the 1920s and 1930s, but declined in popularity after World War II. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in popularity for the Japanese Terrier both in Japan and abroad.