Taiwan Dog


The Taiwan dog, an ancient dog breed, has been a faithful companion to humans for centuries. Although today these versatile dogs are mostly found in their native country, enthusiasm for this rare breed is growing. This increasingly popular canine goes by other names, such as Taiwan native dog, Takasago dog and Formosan mountain dog. Although these are rare, purebred dogs, you can still find them in shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. Taiwan dogs can thrive in almost any environment, as long as humans are firm and consistent with training. This intelligent breed can be stubborn and pick up unwanted guarding habits, so it may not be the best choice for a novice parent. Still, if you are looking for a loyal and loving companion that is willing to go where you are, this may be the breed for you.


The coat of the Taiwan Dog is available in a wide range of colours, including black, white, fawn and brindle. The Taiwan Dog has a seasonal shedding, which may make it not the best choice for allergy sufferers. The Taiwan Dog may not be suitable for small children, but will make a great companion for older children who know how to approach and play with dogs properly. As for cats, the Taiwan Dog may be more tempted by its hunting DNA to chase them, and the breed can become bored if left alone too long or without the right amount of mental and physical stimulation. To avoid unwanted destructive boredom habits, provide consistent and firm training.Taiwan Dogs have high energy levels. Make sure your dog gets at least two good walks of half an hour to an hour’s duration a day, with some good active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in.


The ancient ancestors of the Taiwan dog are believed to have been semi-wild dogs that traveled with the Taiwanese aborigines as they crossed the strait from mainland Asia to the island of Taiwan. Some researchers even postulate that dogs existed on the island before humans, perhaps even 10,000 or 20,000 years ago. These dogs were not completely domesticated by humans, but they lived among them and worked with them when it came to hunting. Throughout history, settlers brought their own dogs to Taiwan, some of which were interbred with the Taiwanese dog ancestor. This is why it is so difficult to find a purebred Taiwanese dog; many were crossed with German Shepherds, Akitas, and Pit Bulls, and the number of purebred Taiwanese dogs declined. In the 1970s, Dr. Sung Yung-yi worked hard to bring the breed back. He and others worked together to search for dogs in the central mountainous region. They found 160 dogs from Taiwan, of which only 46 believed they were purebred. Dr. Sung Yung-yi’s family started a Taiwanese dog breeding program to rebuild the breed. The Taiwan Dog is recognized by various clubs, including the FCI and AKC, as a breed of cattle to continue the conservation of the breed. Many Taiwan Dog hybrids have been rescued from the streets and brought to the United States and are mistakenly known as purebred. In reality, the only purebred Taiwanese dogs are found in Taiwan, where they are kept for conservation purposes.

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Dog Breed Group: Hound Dogs
Height: 16 to 21 inches
Weight: 25 to 40 pounds
Life Span: 10 to 13 years

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