13 Dog Breeds That Start With J [Complete List]

Jack Russell Terriers, Japanese  Akita are some of the dog breeds with names starting with J alphabet. But how many breed names begin with J? In this post, we have compiled a list of dog breeds that start with J.

13 Dog Breeds That Start With J at a glance

There are only a handful of dog breed names with J letter at the start of their names. In total, there are 13 of them. Here are the dog breeds that begin with j:

  • Japanese Akita (AKA Akita)
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • Jämthund
  • Jindo Dog (AKA Korean Jindo)
  • Japanese Terrier
  • Japanese Chin
  • Jagdterrier
  • Japanese Mastiff (AKA Tosa)
  • Japanese Spitz
  • Jangi Spai (AKA Kuchi Dog)
  • Jeju Dog
  • Jura Laufhund St. Hubert (AKA St. Hubert Jura Hound)
  • Jonangi

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Japanese Akita (AKA Akita)

Japanese Akita has its origin in North Japan in the mountain regions. This dog breed is large in size. Japanese Akita is one of the 2 varieties of the Akita dog breed. The other version is the American stain known as the American Akita. These 2 varieties are classified as 2 separate breeds in all countries with the exception of US.

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier originated from England where they were used for hunting fox. This breed belong to the terrier family and is small in size. It has a white body and its coat can be smooth or rough. The coat color can be of any color. Unlike other breeds, Jack Russells are highly active and require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation.


The Jämthund is also known as Swedish Elkhound. It belongs to the spitz family and can be found in North Europe.

Jindo Dog (AKA Korean Jindo)

The Jindo dog originated from South Korea and is its national treasure. This breed is know for its loyalty. A Jindo is a double-coated spitz-type dog with forward-facing ears and a long coat. In 1998, this breed was recognized as a breed, and in 2005 it was recognized by the FCI.

Japanese Terrier

Japanese Terriers are small terriers native to Japan. Smooth Fox Terriers and small breeds of Japanese native dogs were crossed in 17th century to create this breed.

Japanese Chin

Known for strabismus of its eyes, the Japanese Chin is also called the Japanese Spaniel. The breed’s behavior is compared to that of a cat more than any other dog breed. There is a dot on the forehead of the dogs, which legend saids that this is Buddha’s touch. The Japanese Chin is loyal to its owners and is a typically friendly breed.


The Jagdterrier has its origin in Germany. This belong to the terrier family and is bred to hunt in quarry.

Japanese Mastiff (AKA Tosa)

Tosa is a Japanese breed of dogs. It is considered an endangered breed. In Shikoku, Tosa, they were originally bred as fighting dogs. This breed is still used in dog fights in Japan to this day. As a dangerous breed, Tosas are prohibited in some countries.

Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz belongs to the Spitz type and is small to medium  in size. The breed was developed in Japan in 1920s and 1930s by cross breeding a few Spitz breeds. They are similar to white Pomeranians, Samoyeds and American Eskimo Dogs. Their coats do not retain dirt, making them low maintenance.

Jangi Spai (AKA Kuchi Dog)

There are typically brindle-gray and dark black stripes on the Jangi Spai It is a kind of working dog that follows nomads and protects caravans and livestock. There is controversy over whether it is a distinct breed and may be just a variant of Central Asian Shepherd Dog.

Jeju Dog

The Jeju Dog originates from South Korea. In 1986, there were only 3 of them on the Jeju Island and almost went into extinction. Their numbers have reached 300 after a campaign was carried out to breed them.

Jura Laufhund St. Hubert (AKA St. Hubert Jura Hound)

St. Hubert Jura Hound are from the Jura Mountains on the border of France and Switzerland. This breed belongs to the scenthound family. They are known for a strong smell ability and are very fast and agile.


The Jonangi is a dog breed from India. Major kennel clubs in India do not recognize this breed, however, it is shown on Andhra beaches at local festivals. It has developed unique techniques for hunting fish for survival, so local aqua farmers consider it a pest.