Happy International Dog Day

The iconic bronze statue of Hachikō at Shibuya station in Tokyo

As we approach International Dog Day on 26 August, the true-life story of the Akita dog Hachikō's incredible loyalty to his owner is a particularly heartwarming tale.  Along with the Akita Inu, with inu (犬) meaning dog, there are six ancient breeds native to Japan; Hokkaidō, Kai Ken, Kishu, Shikoku, Shiba Inu.

The most well-known Japanese breeds, like the Akita and Shiba Inu, fall under the spitz type of dog.  Characteristics include large, bear-like faces, thick fur, pointed ears and small, dark, deepset eyes.  The cutest part?  Their curled tails.

Browse our collection of dog-themed gifts, stationery and homeware; perfect for canine-lovers.
Images (top to bottom): KCP International, Tofugu
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