Marquesan Dog 

Unavailable Price Avg.




Breed Type

Small, Medium


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


Breed Information

Group Extinct
Popularity/Rank 205
Origin French Polynesia
Other Names Marquesas Islands Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) Unavailable
Size Small, Medium
Weight Unknown
Height Unknown
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 Smooth
Coat Colors Spotted, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Amber, Brown, Blue, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Pink, Blue, Red
Coat Color Possibilities Black, White, Brown, Tan, Red, Silver, Grey
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Short and coarse
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, pin brush, shedding blade, undercoat rake, mat comb, nail clippers.
Brushing Frequency Unknown

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Lazy
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 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 Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Low
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 2-3 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 1 to 2 cups
Daily Cost $10-$20
Monthly Cost The cost of owning a Marquesan Dog can vary depending on the size and age of the dog, as well as the cost of food and veterinary care in your area. Generally, the cost of owning a Marquesan Dog can range from $50 to $150 per month.


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Marquesan Dog  have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 1-14 puppies (Once a year.)


The Marquesan Dog is a rare breed of dog that originates from the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia. This breed is known for its unique appearance and friendly personality. The Marquesan Dog has a short, thick coat that comes in a variety of colors including black, white, brown, and red. They have long ears and a short muzzle with dark eyes. The Marquesan Dog is an average-sized dog with males reaching up to 18 inches tall and females reaching up to 16 inches tall. They typically weigh between 25-35 pounds when fully grown.

The Marquesan Dog has an outgoing personality and loves to be around people. They are very loyal and affectionate towards their owners and make great family pets. They are also very friendly with other dogs, cats, children, and other animals they come into contact with. The Marquesan Dog is an intelligent breed that can be easily trained if given the right amount of patience and consistency from their owners.

The temperament of the Marquesan Dog is generally calm but they can become excitable when playing or interacting with other animals or people they know well. They are not aggressive by nature but may bark at strangers or unfamiliar animals as a warning sign if they feel threatened or scared in any way.

The health of the Marquesan Dog is generally good but like all breeds there are some potential health issues that may arise such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin allergies, ear infections, heart disease, hypothyroidism, epilepsy etc.. It’s important to keep your pet up to date on all vaccinations as well as regular vet checkups in order to ensure their overall health remains optimal throughout their life span which averages between 10-14 years old depending on genetics and lifestyle factors such as diet & exercise habits etc..

The adaptability level of the Marquesan Dog is quite high due to its friendly nature which makes them suitable for most living environments including apartments & condos provided they get enough exercise each day either through walks or playtime activities indoors/outdoors etc.. Some benefits of having this breed as a pet include its low maintenance grooming needs (just occasional brushing), intelligence level (which makes them easy to train), loyalty & affection towards its owners & family members plus it’s overall good natured personality which makes it great for families who want an active yet loving companion!


The Marquesan Dog is a breed of dog that is native to the Marquesas Islands, which are located in French Polynesia. The Marquesan Dog is believed to be the oldest breed of dog in Polynesia, and it is thought to be the ancestor of all other Polynesian breeds. The Marquesan Dog was nearly extinct by the early 21st century, but a concerted effort by breeders has resulted in a resurgence in popularity.

The Marquesan Dog is a medium-sized breed that typically weighs between 20 and 30 pounds. The coat of the Marquesan Dog is short and dense, and it can be either black or brown in color. The ears of the Marquesan Dog are erect and pointy, and the tail is long and curved.

The ancestry of the Marquesan Dog is unknown, but it is thought to be related to the Hawaiian Poi Dog and the TahitianDog. The Marquesan Dog was first recognized as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club in 2006.