Japanese terrier is a small-sized dog of smart appearance with a clear-cut and compact outline.
FCI-Standard N° 259 / 20. 01. 1998 / GB
ORIGIN : Japan.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 05.06.1995.
UTILIZATION : Toy dog.
FCI CLASSIFICATION : Group 3 Terriers
Section 2 Small 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.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Flat and moderately narrow.
Stop : Not too defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black with a straight nasal bridge.
Lips : Thin and tight.
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
NECK : Moderately long, strong, gradually thicker towards the
shoulders and free from throatiness.
Withers : High.
Back : Short and firm.
Loins and croup : Slightly arched and powerful.
Chest : Deep, but forechest no too broad. Ribs well sprung.
Belly : Well tucked up.
TAIL : Moderately thin; docked at the third or fourth joint.
Shoulders : Sloping gently.
Forearms : Straight, bones not too heavy.
Thighs : Long.
Stifle joint : Moderately angulated.
Hock joint : Moderately angulated.
Hock : Vertical.
FEET : Tightly closed, pads elastic; nails hard and preferably dark in
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Light and agile.
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 for both dogs and bitches : approximately 30 - 33 cm.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered as a
fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Slightly overshot or undershot bite.
DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
Aggresive or overly shy.
Extremely overshot or undershot bite.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.