Hokkaido is a breed of dog. Other names for the breed
include Ainu-ken, Seta, and Shita. In Japan, its name
is sometimes shortened to Do-ken. The Hokkaido is native
to the prefecture of the same name in Japan.
The breed is medium in size, and has small, triangular,
upright ears. The small eyes have a rising triangular
outline. The Hokkaido has a coat of long, stiff fur,
and a second, shorter coat of soft fur. Colors include
red, white, black, tiger, sesame, and wolf-gray. Males
are typically 50 cm tall, and females a few centimeters
shorter, with body masses in the 20 kg range. Lifetimes
of about 15 years are common.
The breed is known for faithfulness to its
keeper, bravery, and the ability to withstand the cold,
among other traits.
A lifespan of about 15 years is common.