There are numerous dog breed around the world with only a select few actually recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Ainu dog, which is also referred to as the Hokkaido dog, is a dog originating from Japan. It is a rare breed in Japan and even more rare in the United States. Looking for one of these dogs to add to your household may be next to impossible. But if you’re up for the challenge, it’s a pretty unique pup. The Ainu is on the expensive side. He is said to be an ‘old world’ dog which means closely related to the original or first dog discovered. The dog is known for its many unique characteristics including its fearless leader attitude. He is an excellent watchdog and defender. They are not usually thought of as house pets. Extensive training is needed to make this warrior into a loving companion. Talk to your Leesburg, VA vet to learn more.