Original Name : Taiwan Dog
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Formosan, Formosan Mountain Dog
Male size : 19-20½ inches
Male weight : 31-39½ lbs
Female size : 17-18½ inches
Female weight : 26½-35½ lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Taiwan
Taiwan Dogs are exceptionally loyal to their owner. Bold, fearless and lively, with very keen senses, these medium-sized dogs with triangular head, almond eyes, thin, prick ears and sickle-shaped tail are dry, sinewy and well proportioned.
Broad, roundish forehead lacking in wrinkles, skull slightly longer than the muzzle, well defined stop with light furrow.
Sinewy and muscular, almost square.
Black, brindle, fawn, white, white and black, white and fawn, white and brindle.
Pricked, set on each side of the skull at 45 degrees.
Sickle-shaped, set high, carried erect, active, with the tip curved forward.
Short and hard, close to the body.
Taiwan Dogs are natives of the island, descendants of Southeast Asian hunting canines classified as pariah or primitive dogs, which used to populate the mountainous central regions. These dogs were the faithful companions of primitive hunters in the forests. In 1980, a joint study was conducted among 29 indigenous tribes by the National Taiwan University, Gifu University in Japan and the students of Nagoya University on native Taiwanese dogs. It confirmed that the Taiwan Dog is descended from the hunting dogs of Southeast Asia. Nowadays the breed is a popular guard and companion dog.