|United Kennel Club|
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: In the 17th Century, smooth-haired Fox Terriers were imported to Japan from the Netherlands. These dogs were bred with small pointers and native type dogs, and the Japanese Terrier eventually emerged, with type being set in the breed around 1930. The breed is kept mainly as a lap dog. The Japanese Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Japanese Terrier is a short coated, small sized, clean cut dog, with a smart appearance and a compact outline.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Lively and cheerful.
Skull: Flat and moderately narrow, with a moderate stop.
Muzzle: The same length as the skull, with a straight nasal bridge and thin, tight lips. The cheeks are lean and free from fullness.
Jaws/Teeth: The Japanese Terrier has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Eyes: Moderately sized, oval in shape, and dark in color.
Ears: Set on high, fairly small and thin, V-shaped, and folding forward. Rose ears are also permitted.
NECK: Moderately long, strong and tapering, with a clean throat.
BODY: The body is square in proportion. The chest is deep, but not too broad, with well sprung ribs. The withers are high and the back is short and firm. The loin is slightly arched and powerful. The belly is well tucked up.
TAIL: Moderately thin, and generally docked at the third or fourth joint.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulders slope gently.
FORELEGS: Straight, with moderate bone.
FEET: Tight, with elastic pads, and hard nails that are preferably dark in color.
HINDQUARTERS: The thighs are long. There is moderate angulation at the stifle and the hock. The rear pasterns are vertical.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Light and agile.
HAIR: Short, smooth, dense and glossy.
COLOUR: Tricolor; white with black spots; white with black or tan markings on the body.
Height at withers: Height at the withers is 12-13 inches.
FAULTS: Teeth: Slightly overshot or undershot bite.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Severely overshot or undershot bite. Long hair.
Teeth: Severely overshot or undershot bite.
Coat: Long hair.