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. 

Male Ainu Dog Names

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Yoshi
In Japanese this means lucky
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Kane
Japanese for golden and great for a gold dog
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Fujin
The Japanese god of the wind
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Akio
The Japanese name meaning bright man
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Dai
Means large in Japanese and perfect for a huge dog
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Hachiman
The Japanese god of war
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Megumi
The Japanese word for blessing
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Ichiro
Means first son in Japanese
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Raiden
The Japanese god of thunder and lightning
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Jiro
Means second son in Japanese
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Kichiro
Means lucky son in Japanese
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Yukio
The Japanese name meaning blessed hero
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Suijin
The Japanese god of water
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Inugami
A Japanese dog spirit
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Osaka
Means dragon god in Japanese
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Takeo
The Japanese word for warrior hero
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Keubiko
The Japanese god of knowledge
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Izanagi
The forefather of the Japanese gods
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Aizen
A wisdom king of Japan
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Hayashi
A popular samurai during the Sengoku period
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Daruma
The Buddhist founder of Zen
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Mizuchi
A Japanese water dragon
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Kotaro
Japanese for small boy and great for a petite pup
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Jizo
The Japanese protector of the children
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Hotei
Better known as the laughing Buddha
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Marun
Means chestnut in Japanese and great name for a brown or tan doggo
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Abumi
A mythical furry Japanese creature
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Okami
A powerful Japanese wolf spirit
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Tanuki
A shapeshifting Japanese raccoon dog
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Shishi
The lion dogs in front of Japanese temples

Female Ainu Dog Names

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Sushi
A fun name for a water dog
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Chopsticks
A cute name for any pooch
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Teriyaki
An adorable name for a brown pup
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Hana
The Japanese word meaning flower
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Kimi
Means noble in Japanese
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Inari
The Japanese goddess of fertility
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Momo
Japanese for peach and great for an orange dog
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Haru
Means spring in Japanese language
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Ren
The Japanese name for love
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Saki
A fun name for any pooch
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Kurumi
Means walnut in Japanese, great for a brown dog
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Tofu
A cute name for a small white dog
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Yasu
Japanese for peace and awesome for that calm dog
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Miyu
Means beautiful and gentle in Japanese
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Akira
The Japanese name for bright and clear
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Keiko
Means blessed child in Japanese
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Suseri
A Japanese princess who is Susanoo’s daughter
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Mai
Japanese for dance, for the dog who loves to boogie
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Dumpling
A very popular Japanese cuisine
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Yuki
Means snow in Japanese and great name for a white dog
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Izanami
The goddess of creation and wife of Izanagi
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Kannon
The Japanese goddess of mercy
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Sakura
Means cherry blossom in Japanese
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Yobuku
A spirit that lives in the mountains of Japan
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Kodama
A Japanese spirit that lives in the trees
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Tennin
A heavenly being of Japan
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Misaki
A high ranking divine spirit
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Wani
A Japanese water spirit and great name for a water dog
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Sashimi
A favorite Japanese cuisine of raw fish
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Yosei
The Japanese name for fairy and cute for a petite pup

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