Fédération Cynologique Internationale



FCI-Standard N° 259

Japanese Terrier

(Nihon Teria)



These illustrations do not necessarily show the ideal example of the breed.

The sequence might differ slightly from the original breed standard.

ORIGIN

: Japan.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: 04.04.2016.

UTILISATION

: Toy dog.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION

:
Group 3Terriers
Section 2Small-sized Terriers
Without working trial


BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

: This breed was created by mating smooth-haired Fox Terriers, exported to Nagasaki from the Netherlands in the 17th century, to small-sized pointers or small-sized native dogs. Japanese Terriers were kept mainly as lap-dogs in ports such as Kobe and Yokohama.
The Japanese Terrier has a lively and cheerful character. Its planned breeding started around 1920, and it was not until about 1930 that its type became fixed.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: Small-sized dog of smart appearance with a clear-cut and compact outline. The coat is very short, being about 2 mm in length.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

: The ratio of height at withers to length of body is 1 1. The nasal bridge and the skull are equal in length.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: The Japanese Terrier is swift and lively in temperament.

HEAD

:

CRANIAL REGION

:

Skull

: Flat and moderately narrow.

Stop

: Not too defined.

FACIAL REGION

:

Nose

: Black with a straight nasal bridge.

Lips

: Thin and tight.

Jaws/Teeth

: Strong and white, with a scissor bite.

Cheeks

: Lean and free from fullness.

Eyes

: Moderately sized, oval in shape and dark in colour.

Ears

: Set on high, moderately small, thin, V-shaped and dropping forward. But carried folded and standing out from sides of the skull permitted.

NECK

: Moderately long, strong, gradually thicker towards the shoulders and free from throatiness.

BODY

:

Withers

: High.

Back

: Short and firm.

Loin

: Loins and croup: Slightly arched and powerful.

Chest

: Deep, but forechest no too broad. Ribs well sprung.

Underline and belly

: Well tucked up.

TAIL

: Moderately thin; docked at the third or fourth joint.

LIMBS

:

FOREQUARTERS

:

Shoulder

: Sloping gently.

Forearm

: Straight, bones not too heavy.

FEET

:

Forefeet

: Tightly closed, pads elastic; nails hard and preferably dark in colour .

Hind feet

: See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

:

Thigh

: Long.

Stifle

: Moderately angulated.

Hock joint

: Moderately angulated.

Hock

: Vertical.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: Light and agile.

COAT

:

HAIR

: Short, smooth, dense and glossy.

COLOUR

: Tricolour with black, tan and white head; white with black spots, black markings or tan markings on body.

SIZE

:

Height at withers

: Height for both dogs and bitches approximately 30 - 33 cm.

FAULTS

:
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Slightly overshot or undershot bite.
Bicolour.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

:
Aggressive or overly shy.
Long hair.
Extremely overshot or undershot bite.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.