The breed’s earliest origins can be found in Smooth Fox Terriers that were brought by the Dutch to Japan in the 17th century, and bred with small pointers and local dogs. In time, a type emerged and was fairly set by 1930. The breed soon became popular as companions and lapdogs in the cities of Nagasaki, Kobe and Yokohama, but the dogs are still considered uncommon even in Japan. The Nihon Teria was recognized by the Japanese Kennel Club in 1930, the FCI in 1998, and the United Kennel Club in America in 2006, but you may recognize the breed by it’s “anglo name:” The Japanese Terrier.
Japanese Terrier image by Bernie Lindsey via WikiCommons