Dog breeds: Taiwan Dog

Dog breeds: Taiwan Dog

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Taiwan.
F.C.I classification: Group 5 - spitz and primitive type dogs.

The Taiwan Dog is a fairly ancient breed. This breed in 1980 was the subject of a collective study between the University of Taiwan, the Japanese Gifu University and the University of Nagoya, who studied the theme of Oriental Taiwanese dogs, through censuses and statistics carried out in indigenous tribes . The result of these studies led to think that the current Taiwan dog is an autochthonous breed. The breed probably descends from hunting dogs from Southeast Asia. Currently this breed is very popular all over the island, and is used for the guard and also for the company. The provisional recognition of the International Cynological Federation is from November 2004. This breed is the result of a very hard selection, based on the survival of the fittest. Now the breed enjoys the patronage of Japan.

General aspect

Medium sized dog. Very well proportioned breed, muscular and dry. It has a triangular shaped head, a typical characteristic of the breed. Its construction is of right proportions and right relationships between head, trunk and limbs. The structural solidity of the breed and its incredible resistance and muscle tone are remarkable.


It is an eclectic race with remarkably developed senses. It is used for hunting, but also for the guard and lately also for the company. It lends itself very well to being with the family and to satisfy the demands of its owner. He is able to hunt very well, he manages to find the game and to face and attack it. He is a dog of indomitable courage, without any sign of fear, aware of his means. He is extremely devoted to his master. Very loyal, never spiteful or annoying. Excellent dog for the family.

Taiwan Dog (photo Yugan Dali)

Taiwan Dog (photo


- males from 48 to 52 cm at the withers
- females from 43 to 47 cm at the withers.
- males from 14 kg to 18 kg
- females from 12 kg to 16 kg.

Trunk: well proportioned, with good musculature. Ribs well circled, chest large and deep enough. Solid back.
Head and muzzle: triangular head. Skull slightly longer than the muzzle.
Truffle: black in color and quite broad. Nostrils well open.
Teeth: complete in number and development. Powerful jaws.
Neck: strong, muscular and well inserted.
Eyes: almond-shaped, they are dark brown in color.
Ears: medium in size, carried erect and form a 45 degree angle with the skull: the internal contour is straight, while the external contour is slightly rounded.
Limbs: perfectly perpendicular to the horizontal plane. Good bone and musculature. Feet not too large. Dark nails.
Pace: loose and easy.
Musculature: good development.
Tail: attached high, sickle-shaped, carried with the end curved forward.
Hair: short, hard, well circled, 1,5 to 3 cm long.
Allowed colors: black, brindle, fawn, white, black and white, white and fawn, white and brindle.
Most common defects: monorchidism, cryptorchidism, prognathism, enognatism, badly worn ears, incorrect gait, defective rear end, measures out of standard, excessive weight, depigmented truffle, tail curved downwards, insufficient musculature, large feet, colors not allowed by the standard, aggressiveness, shyness.

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