HOKKAIDO BREED STANDARD
At this point in time, the Hokkaido does not have an official American Kennel Club approved breed standard which will be used to judge Hokkaido in AKC sanctioned events. However, HANA recommends breeders breed in accordance to the standard set forth by the Hokkaido Ken Hozonkai (DOKENHO). The DOKENHO standard was made into effect in Japan on April 11, 1945.
1. GENERAL APPEARANCE
The Hokkaido has a rustic appearance. Secondary sex characteristics are clearly defined. He is balanced, clean cut, and well muscled. He is highly intelligent, keen, active, and agile. His movement is light, easy, and strong.
The Hokkaido has a strong, compact appearance, and he has a sense of dignity.
The forehead is wide with strongly developed cheeks. The stop is shallow but defined.
The neck is strong, powerful, and clean cut. The skin should be tight and not loose.
5. CHEST AND TORSO
The chest is deep, the ribs are well sprung, and the forechest is well developed. The back is straight and strong.
6. GIRTH, WAIST, AND COUP
The girth is proportional to the chest, the loin is strong with moderate width, and the coup is slightly inclined.
The shoulder is slightly sloping, the forearm is moderately angled, and the front limbs are straight.
The rear is strong, moderately angled, clean cut, and resilient.
Paws grip well, toes are thick, and nails are black or darkly colored
Outercoat is rigid, straight, and moderately angled. Undercoat is soft and dense.
Tail is thick and strong. When let down, the length almost reaches the hock.
12. COAT COLOR
Red, white, black & tan, brindle, wolf grey, and sesame