Size : v4.5-6 kg (10-13lb ) , 33cm (13in)
Grooming : minimal
Training : time consuming
Colour : black and white
The Japanese terrier is a streamlined , elegant dog with distinctive colour scheme . it is probably descended from smooth fox terriers taken to japan by the dutch in the early 18th century . the body is white and flecked with black , while the head is solid back
Although they make very competent retrievers on land and in water , historically these dogs have been most popular as companions . also called the Nippon or nihon terrier , the breed is virtually unknown outside its native land , and rare even there . inbreeding is an everpresent problem , and is not helped by tendency to breed for miniaturization .