Hokkaido Dog FCI Standard
The English zoologist Thomas W. Blankiston called this breed the Hokkaido in 1869, after he used these enduring dogs during his searching expedition in the Hakkoda Mountains. In 1937 the Hokkaido Dog was proclaimed a Living Natural Monument that is liable to state protection.
The breed was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Nowadays the Hokkaido Dog is generally used as a companion or a perfect guard dog. It is a rare dog that is found not often outside its motherland where most breed members inhabit on the Hokkaido Island.
The Hokkaido Dog can be a true friend for children provided that they are raised together. As the dog has perfect guarding abilities, it is alerted and mistrustful towards stranger people. Your pet make a great guard and watch dog that is always ready to protect its family.
If it is properly socialized, this dog can treat other pets friendly. However, it is a hunting dog with strong instincts, so it should be supervised. With other canine animals your Hokkaido Dog will be rather aggressive.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• gastric torsion.
You must display absolute leadership and confidence otherwise your dog becomes obstinate, uncontrolled and even aggressive. During training sessions use repetitive tasks based on positive reinforcement.