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Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: Japan
Group: Guard dog, Companion
Height: small, 16-18 in., large, 20-22 in.
Weight: 44-55 lbs.
Life span: n/a
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: n/a
Good with other pets: n/a

What is the origin of the Sanshu?

The Sanshu was developed in 1912 in Japan. It is believed to be a cross between the Japanese Aichi (an ancient dog) and the Chinese Chow Chow. The Sanshu is very popular in its native Japan.

What does the Sanshu look like?

This hardy dog looks like a small Akita, large variety 20-22 inches tall, smaller 16-18 inches tall and weighing between 45-55 lbs. There is a smaller variety that is 16-18 inches tall. The head is wedge-shaped with the muzzle tapering to a point. The cheeks are prominent. Eyes are almond-shaped and dark. Ears are small, triangular and erect. The coat is short and coarse. Colors are red, gray, tan, white, pied, black and tan or salt and pepper. Regular brushing will rid the coat of dead and loose hairs.

What is the temperament of the Sanshu?

The Sanshu is a sensitive dog, eager to please. Obedience training should be done with a positive, kind hand. They are very affectionate and bond closely with the family. The Sanshu is an extremely clean dog. They are very loyal to their humans.

What is the Sanshu used for?

The Sanshu is an excellent guard dog. But it is mainly prized as a companion dog.

Possible Health Issues

Hip/elbow dysplasia, cancer, skin allergies and sensitivities, digestive issues, hypothyroidism, distichiasis (ingrown eyelashes), cherry eye, bloat/gastric torsion, obesity

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