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They were usually eaten before they died of a natural death.


Breed Information

Group Extinct
Popularity/Rank 395
Origin New Zealand
Other Names Maori Dog, New Zealand Indigenous Dog, New Zealand Native Dog, Peropero, Polynesian Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) Unavailable
Size Medium
Weight 10-25 pounds (6-11kg)
Height 8-15 inches (20-38 cm)
Lifespan They were usually eaten before they died of a natural death.
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companionship
Date of Origin Unknown
Ancestry Unknown

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Weather-resistant
Coat Colors Black, Light Cream, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Amber, Brown, Blue, Green, Black
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Pink, Red, Tan, Grey
Coat Color Possibilities White, Cream, Red, Brown, Black, Silver, Gray, Fawn, Sable, Blue
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Soft and Fluffy
Recommended Brushes Slicker Brush, Pin Brush, Undercoat Rake, Shedding Blade, Nail Clippers, Grooming Scissors.
Brushing Frequency 2-3 times per week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Hunting, Lazy
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Moderate
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 Yes
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 Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 30 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 0.5 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 1.5 cups
Daily Cost $20-$30
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Kuri have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-8 puppies (Once a year.)


The Kuri dog is a medium-sized breed of dog that originated in Japan. It is a loyal and affectionate companion, and its appearance is unique and distinctive. The Kuri dog has a thick double coat that comes in various colors, including black, white, red, cream, sesame, and brindle. Its eyes are almond-shaped and its ears are triangular in shape. The Kuri dog has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

When it comes to size and weight, the Kuri dog stands between 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 25 to 35 pounds. This breed is considered to be a medium-sized breed of dog.

The personality of the Kuri dog is friendly and gentle with people they know well but can be wary around strangers or unfamiliar situations. They are intelligent dogs that can learn quickly if given proper training and socialization from an early age. They are also very loyal companions who will bond closely with their owners over time.

Kuri dogs are generally friendly with other dogs as well as children when properly socialized from an early age; however they may not do well with cats or other small animals due to their hunting instincts. They may also be territorial towards other animals if not properly trained or socialized from an early age so it’s important for owners to monitor interactions between their pet Kuri Dog and other animals closely when introducing them for the first time.

The temperament of the Kuri Dog is generally calm but alert; they make excellent watchdogs due to their alertness but do not bark excessively unless provoked or startled by something unfamiliar or unexpected in their environment which makes them great family pets as long as they receive proper training from an early age on how to behave around people outside of their family unit as well as other animals in the home environment such as cats or small pets like hamsters or gerbils etc..

The health of the Kuri Dog is generally good; however there have been reports of some genetic health issues such as hip dysplasia which can affect this breed so it’s important for potential owners to research any potential health issues before purchasing one of these dogs so that they can make sure they get one from a reputable breeder who screens for any genetic health issues prior to selling puppies out into new homes where possible..

When it comes to adaptability level, the Kuri Dog does quite well in most environments provided that they receive enough exercise on a daily basis; however this breed does best when living indoors with access outdoors during certain times throughout each day so that they can get enough physical activity while still being able enjoy being part of family life indoors too! The benefits of having a pet Kuri Dog include having a loyal companion who loves spending time with you no matter what you’re doing together whether it’s going for walks together outdoors or just cuddling up on your lap while watching TV indoors!


The Kuri dog is a breed of dog that is native to New Zealand. The breed is also known as the Maori dog, and is one of the oldest breeds of dogs in the world. The Kuri dog was used by the Maori people of New Zealand for hunting and as a guard dog. The breed was nearly extinct in the early 1900s, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. Today, the Kuri dog is once again a popular breed in New Zealand and around the world.

The Kuri dog is thought to be descended from the Polynesian dogs that were brought to New Zealand by the Polynesian settlers. These dogs were likely crossed with other breeds of dogs, such as mastiffs and terriers, to create the Kuri dog. The first recorded mention of the Kuri dog was in 1814, when Captain James Cook described them as being "like a small mastiff".

The Kuri dog was used by the Maori people for hunting and as a guard dog. The breed was also used in bull-baiting and bear-baiting events, which were popular entertainment in New Zealand in the 1800s. The Kuri dog was nearly extinct by the early 1900s due to cross-breeding with other breeds of dogs and because many Maori people had died during the 1860s war between Britain and Maori tribes.

A few dedicated breeders saved the Kuri dog from extinction, and today the breed is once again popular in New Zealand and around the world. The Kuri dog is recognized as a breed by several kennel clubs, including the Kennel Club of England and the American Kennel Club.

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