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  • Temperament: Loyal, Versatile, Intelligent
  • Height: 17-20 inches
  • Weight: 26-40 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 9-13 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

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Taiwan Dog standing in grass in three-quarter view

About the Taiwan Dog

The Taiwan Dog’s intuitive nature and connection to its master were most likely honed from generations of collaboratively hunting small game in the mountains. This also means that they are extremely responsive to commands and easily trained. This breed can be reserved towards strangers and are fearless in protecting their family. Therefore, socialization for the Taiwan dog is necessary to mediate its strong instinct to protect its master and family. They should be an integral part of the family household and not an outside dog as they excel with daily interaction and socialization.

 

Club Contact Details

Club: Taiwan Dog Club of America
Address: PO Box 640, Chino Hills, CA 91709
Email: info@taiwandog.org 

 

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Care

NUTRITION

Taiwan Dogs require regular feedings of a well-balanced diet. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and extra-large breeds. The Taiwan Dog is a medium-sized breed.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

GROOMING

The Taiwan Dog’s short, two-layer coat requires minimal grooming. A weekly brushing and the occasional bath will suffice. Dental care is recommended, as like other breeds, to prevent tartar build-up. Their nails should be trimmed as needed with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Weekly Brushing

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Seasonal

EXERCISE

This breed should be exercised regularly and entertained with new games. Options for exercise could include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or taken for walks several times a day. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or teaching them new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, or retrieving balls or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy. If you live in an apartment, even short walks in the hallways can give your dog some exercise, especially during inclement weather. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Needs Lots of Activity

TRAINING

To curb his intense protective instincts, it is strongly recommended to socialize and train your Taiwan Dog. He will be happiest when he is an integral part of the family household.

Trainability

May be Stubborn
Eager to Please
Easy Training

Temperament/Demeanor

Aloof/Wary
Outgoing
Reserved with Strangers

HEALTH

Other than age-related degenerative conditions, the Taiwan Dog is a healthy breed with no known health issues. Working with a responsible breeder, prospective owners can gain the education they need to learn about specific health concerns within the breed.

Taiwan Dog
Taiwan Dog
Taiwan Dog

History

Taiwan Dogs have been genetically traced back between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago, making them one of the oldest and most primitive dog breeds in the world. They are the descendants of the South Asian hunting dogs indigenous to the central mountainous regions of Taiwan and was the loyal companion of the ancient hunter in the wild forest.

Scholars from the National Taiwan University, Japan Gifu University and Nagoya University carried out a cooperative study in 1980 on the subject of the native Taiwan Dog. They visited twenty-nine tribes of local inhabitants and as a result, it was confirmed that the present Taiwan Dog is indeed a descendant of the South Asian hunting dogs.

This ancient breed has been an integral part of Taiwan’s historical and cultural landscape for thousands of years. Now, they are popular all across the island as a watch and companion dog.

Also known as Formosan Mountain Dogs, they have gained popularity in America due to the rescue efforts that have transplanted abandoned Taiwan Dog mixes to the U.S. However, purebred Taiwan Dogs are extremely rare and mostly kept for conservation efforts in Taiwan.

Did You Know?

The Taiwan Dog has been assigned the Non-Sporting Group designation.
The Taiwan Dog has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since May 2017.
Taiwan Dogs have spotted tongues.
Taiwan Dogs were used by Taiwanese aboriginal people to hunt wild boar and other small game.
Taiwan Dogs are extremely versatile and have been used as guard dogs, stunt dogs, and search and rescue dogs, despite its origins as a self-sufficient hunter.
Taiwan Dog females in their native surroundings often dig dens in the ground for birthing.
Taiwan Dogs are closely related to the Dingo and New Guinea Singing Dog.

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