Japanese Terrier Pictures and Information

The Japanese Terrier, or Nippon Terrier, is a small breed, similar to the fox terrier that is a native of Japan.  They are believed to have been bred from fox terriers, indigenous Japanese dogs, and a small version of the pointer. 


Japanese Terrier Description

It is believed that the Japanese Terrier was bred from terriers that were native to the Netherlands and that these dogs were brought to Japan by English traders sometime in the 17th Century.  While the breed had become very popular throughout Japan, today it is a very rare breed and hard to find full-blood pups.  A true Japanese Terrier has short, slick fur that is very fine and silky.  They are usually tri-colored, black, tan, white, or brown, with the main color being white.  Their ears look like any normal terrier’s ears, high on the head and always folding forward.

Nihon Teria Japanese Terrier

Also Known As

  • Nihon Teria
  • Nippon Terrier
  • Nihon Teria Nihon Terrier  Nicknames Kobe Terrier... Mikado Terrier Oyuki (snowy) Terrier


They are Very happy dogs. The Japanese Terrier is energetic, loving, and loyal.  They enjoy company and are constantly the center of attention.  They are great lap dogs because they love attention.  The dog will become attached to a single person for the most part and will sometimes become aggressive if that person feels threatened.  Avoid loud talking or shouting in front of the dog as this can be viewed as a sign of aggression and may cause unwanted behavior.  Spend time with the dog each day to establish trust.  This is especially important when feeding, as they will learn to associate feeding with trusting.

Health Issues

There is no known health issues associated with this breed other than possible respiratory issues normally found in small breeds.  The dog should be kept away from smokers as this can cause severe breathing disorders.


While they are a small dog, they do enjoy plenty of exercise.  But, the fact that they are small makes them perfect for any type of home or outdoor exercise.  It is recommended that a medium to large exercise area is established.  Daily exercise, like running, is a great way to keep the dog fit and trim.

Special Grooming Needs

This breed does not shed much, but does require brushing and regular baths to keep its coat shiny and healthy.  Once a month beat an egg white to a frothy texture and use it on the dog’s coat at bath time.  This will provide some great nutrition for the coat and help keep the shedding to a minimum.