The Japanese Terrier is a balanced, square dog, tri-colored, with white
predominating. The Japanese Terrier has ears that are high set and fold forward.
Their coat is short, slick and fine. Its tail is docked.
According to the Japanese Kennel Club, planned breeding of these Terriers did not begin until around 1920, when fanciers began selective breeding from the progenitor, the Kobe Terrier. This dog was recognized by the JKC in 1930. The Japanese Terrier is recognized by the Japanese Kennel Club and the FCI. The Japanese Terrier is little known outside of Japan, but is gaining recognition in Europe.