The Hokkaido dog was designated a natural monument in 1937.
She has assisted Hokkaido's Ainu people in hunting since ancient times. She is quite brave and highly adept at hunting. High ability has always been demanded of the Hokkaido dog, because the Ainu had to hunt ferocious brown bears and fleet-footed deer with the bow-and-arrow or the spear until firearms became available. The thorax of the Hokkaido dog is well developed, the muscle is very strong and quick in action, and the fur is excellent for protecting against the cold. Those characteristics make this dog quite suitable for life in the mountains. The dog's height is between 48.5 cm ~ 51.5 cm for the male and 45.3 cm ~ 48.5 cm for the female. Its fur colors include red, white, brown-black, tiger, wolfish-gray, and sesame. There is a long history between man and dog. A dog's companionship heals the human heart. There is a lot of inhumane news in our expansive and materialistic society today, but watching the pretty Hokkaido dog in the snow makes us imagine a warmer, more natural society. (Photo by Mr. Mitsuhiro Iwago)