Tahitian Dog 

Unavailable Price Avg.




Breed Type

Small, Medium


10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Extinct
Popularity/Rank 249
Origin Tahiti
Other Names Otaheite Dog, Poe Dog, Society Islands Dog, South Sea Dog, Tahitian Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) Unavailable
Size Small, Medium
Weight Male: 12-22 pounds (5-10 kg),
Female: 10-20 pounds (4-8 kg)
Height Male: 10-12 inches (25-30 cm),
Female: 9-11 inches (23-28 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companionship
Date of Origin Unknown
Ancestry Polynesian Dog

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Smooth
Coat Colors Brown, Rust-Yellow, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Hazel, Amber, Brown, Blue, Green
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Pink, Red, Grey
Coat Color Possibilities White, Cream, Fawn, Red, Sable, Black, Brindle, Silver, Blue
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Soft and silky.
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Nail clippers, Grooming scissors, Furminator, Mat comb.
Brushing Frequency No specific brushing frequency is recommended for the Tahitian Dog breed.

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Lazy, Shy
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 Low
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 3 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 1/2 cup
Daily Cost $20-$30
Monthly Cost The cost of a Tahitian Dog can vary depending on the breed, age, and other factors. Generally, the monthly cost for a Tahitian Dog can range from $50 to $150.


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Tahitian Dog  have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Tahitian Dog is a small, friendly breed of dog that originated in the South Pacific islands of Tahiti. This breed is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and affectionate nature. The Tahitian Dog has a unique appearance with its short legs and long body. It has a thick coat that can be either black or white in color. The eyes are usually dark brown or black and the ears are pointed and erect.

The lifespan of the Tahitian Dog is typically between 10-15 years when properly cared for. They have an average size of 12-14 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 8-12 pounds when fully grown. The colors of this breed can range from white to black with some having markings on their coats as well.

The personality of the Tahitian Dog is one that loves to please its owners and will do anything to make them happy. They are very loyal companions who enjoy spending time with their families and playing games such as fetch or tug-of-war. They also love going on walks or hikes with their owners as they have plenty of energy to keep up with them!

Tahitian Dogs are very friendly towards other dogs, children, and other animals if they are properly socialized from an early age. They get along well with other pets in the household but may be wary around strangers until they get used to them over time.

The temperament of this breed is generally calm but alert which makes them great watchdogs for their families if needed! They do not bark excessively unless there is something wrong so it’s important to pay attention to any changes in behavior that could indicate something isn’t right in their environment or health wise.

The health of the Tahitian Dog is generally good but like all breeds they can suffer from certain conditions such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin allergies, epilepsy, heart disease, etc., so it’s important to keep up regular vet checkups for your pet just like you would any other animal companion!

When it comes to adaptability level these dogs do quite well living indoors or outdoors depending on what suits your lifestyle best! They love being around people so having someone home most days would be ideal for them but if you need to leave them alone during certain times then providing plenty of toys and activities will help keep them entertained while you’re away!

Overall these dogs make great family pets due to their loving personalities and loyalty towards their owners! If you’re looking for a small companion who loves cuddles then look no further than the Tahitian Dog – they won’t disappoint!


The Tahitian Dog, also known as the Tahitian Poi Dog or the Polynesian Dog, is a breed of dog that is native to Tahiti and other Polynesian islands. The Tahitian Dog is believed to be the descendant of the dogs brought to Tahiti by the early Polynesians. The Tahitian Dog was once a common sight on the streets of Tahiti, but the breed almost became extinct in the 20th century. The Tahitian Dog was saved from extinction by a few dedicated breeders who worked to revive the breed. Today, the Tahitian Dog is once again a popular breed in Tahiti and other parts of Polynesia.

The Tahitian Dog is a medium-sized breed with a short coat that can be either black or brown in color. The Tahitian Dog has a square-shaped head and erect ears. The breed is known for its friendly and outgoing personality. The Tahitian Dog is an intelligent breed that is easy to train.

The ancestry of the Tahitian Dog is unknown, but the breed is thought to be descended from the dogs brought to Tahiti by early Polynesians. The first written record of the Tahitian Dog dates back to 1767, when French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville described seeing "dogs of a small size" on the island of Moorea. It is believed that these early dogs were brought to Polynesia by way of Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Tahitian Dog almost became extinct in the 20th century due to interbreeding with other breeds of dogs, as well as due to disease and poverty on the island of Tahiti. In an effort to save the breed, a few dedicated breeders began working to revive it in the 1970s. Thanks to their efforts, today there are an estimated 200-300 purebred Tahitian Dogs living on various Polynesian islands.