Ainu Dog Names

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Introduction

The Ainu breed of dog is one of the oldest breeds in the world and was first bred by the indigenous Ainu group of Hokkaido. They were typically used in hunting bears, deer, and even salmon. However, not only did these fur buddies make good hunters, but they were also pawesome furever friends. The Ainu people kept dogs as companion pets as well as hunting partners. The Ainu dog is also known as the Hokkaido, which looks a lot like a Shiba Inu and is the same size and shape. With a double thick coat and protective outer guard hairs, the Ainu is protected from the cold and shed their undercoat to be prepared for the heat as well.

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Ainu Dog Name Considerations

The Ainu was descended from medium-sized dogs that came to the island of Hokkaido, Japan about three thousand years ago with immigrants from the main island. They were officially named the Hoddaido-Ken dog breed in 1937 by the American Kennel Club and come in several colors such as gray, brown, brindle, black, red, and white. They are very intelligent, strong, loyal, and lovable while still being excellent hunters and guard dogs. Whether you are lucky enough to have one of these rare breeds or are fascinated with the Ainu people and their history, you can find many perfect pooch names among their Japanese language. 

For example, Takeo is Japanese for a warrior and ideal for a guard dog, Dai means large in Japanese and great for a huge doggo, and Kurumi, which means walnut in Japanese is cute for a brown pupster. You could also name your new canine kid a fun Japanese name such as Sushi, which is a catchy name for a water dog. Tofu suits a white canine, Teriyaki is neat for a brown pup, and Chopsticks is an adorable name for any pooch. Whichever name you choose, make sure you like it because you will be using it a lot in the next few years or so. 

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