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Taiwan Dog

Taiwan’s native dog

BREED ORIGINS

Taiwan Dogs have been genetically traced back between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago, making them one of the oldest and most primitive dog breeds in the world. Taiwan Dogs are originally native Taiwanese dogs, descendants of the South Asian hunting dogs which ancient local inhabitants used to live with in the central mountainous districts. This breed was the loyal companion of the ancient hunter in the wild forest. Scholars from the National Taiwan University, Japan Gifu University and Nagoya University carried out a cooperative study in 1980 on the subject of the native Taiwan Dog. They visited twenty-nine tribes of local inhabitants and as a result, it was confirmed that the present Taiwan Dog is a descendant of the South Asian hunting dogs. This breed is now popular all across the island as a watch and companion dog.

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Taiwanese Dogs, Formosan Mountain Dog, Taiwanese Canis, Taiwanese Native Dog, Takasago Dog


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The Taiwan Dog’s intuitive nature and connection to its master were most likely honed from generations of collaboratively hunting small game in the mountains. This also means that they are extremely responsive to commands and easily trained. This breed can be reserved towards strangers and are fearless in protecting their family. Therefore, socialisation for the Taiwan Dog is necessary to mediate its strong instinct to protect its master and family. They should be an integral part of the family household and not an outside dog as they excel with daily interaction and socialisation. Taiwan Dogs should be exercised regularly and entertained with new games. Options for exercise could include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or being taken for walks several times a day.


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.

COUNTRY OF ORIGINTaiwan
PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Guarding, Companion
OVERALL SIZEMedium
TEMPERAMENTFaithful, Alert, Bold
EXERCISE NEEDEDOver 2 hours per day
IDEAL SIZE OF HOMEMedium
HEIGHT – MALE48-53 cm / 18-20 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE43-48 cm / 16-18 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEShort
GROOMING NEEDSOnce a week
RARE BREEDYes
LIFE EXPECTANCY9-13 years

MORE INFORMATION

  • Other than age-related degenerative conditions, the Taiwan Dog is a healthy breed with no known health issues.
  • Taiwan Dogs have spotted tongues!
  • Extremely versatile, these dogs have been used as guard dogs, stunt dogs, as well as search and rescue dogs.
  • Purebred Taiwan Dogs are extremely rare and mostly kept for conservation efforts in Taiwan, although they are increasingly popular in the USA due to rescue efforts of abandoned dogs.
  • Females in their native surroundings often dig dens in the ground for birthing.
  • They are closely related to the Dingo and New Guinea Singing Dog.

LINKS TO KENNEL CLUB BREED STANDARDS AROUND THE WORLD

Breed standards vary throughout the world, click the buttons below for more information about this breed.


PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

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WEBSITES ABOUT TAIWAN DOGS

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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