The Hokkaido dog is medium sized, and has small, triangular, upright ears.
Its eyes are small and have a rising triangular outline. This dog has a coat of
long, stiff fur, and a second, shorter coat of soft fur. The Hokkaido dog's coat
colors include red, white, black, sesame, tiger, and wolf-gray.
Males Hokkaido dogs are typically 50 cm tall, and females a few centimeters shorter, with body masses in the 20 kg range. They have a lifespan of about 15 years.