Dog Breeds Beginning With J

Some of the most beautiful breeds begin with the letter J. Exotic breeds such as the Japanese Chip and the Korean Jindo grace this list.

The dogs listed below are breeds that have been recognized by the American Kennel Club.



The Jagdterrier is a calm medium-sized dog whose origin is from Germany. This breed is known in other names as Deutscher Jagdterrier, German Jagdterrier, German Hunting Terrier, or German Hunt Terrier.

Being a hunter, this dog has excellent strength, speed, and agility despite being a relatively short dog when compared to most hunting dogs. Just like many hunting dogs, this dog will completely shun laziness and will make sure they achieve their goals.

They are serious personalities who are smart, hardworking, and social. These attributes make them a great family dog. Their coat is thick, growing lots of hair. The dog’s coat assumes a smooth, hairy, or even a shaggily spaced appearance.

A notable feature of this dog is that they fall at the sides of the dog’s head. The Jagdterrier is a playful dog that can weigh 22 pounds and may reach 16 inches in height. 

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

This dog is also known as the Japanese spaniel. It is believed that this variety of spaniel originated from China. These dogs are full of energy and are considered to be working dogs. The Japanese chin can stand at 11 inches tall and can weigh up to 9 pounds.

Their coat is usually long and has an overcoat. The coat is filled with lots of long hairs that flow gently over the body. Weekly combing for the Japanese chin is a must to ensure a tidy dog. Extra medical care must also be taken as this dog is prone to common medical complications.

Extreme heat conditions are dangerous to the Japanese chin and must, therefore, be avoided as much as possible. One of the varieties that I love of the Japanese chin is covered in a black and white patched coat.

The Japanese spaniel could be your ideal dog with its many lovable characteristics. 

Japanese Spitz

Japanese Spitz

The Japanese Spitz is a small dog whose goal is to make its owners smile. The dog is small, loyal, and very likable. They can add a touch of elegance to your home as well as fill your evenings with fun and laughter.

Being a small dog, this breed can accompany you everywhere you go. However, if you decide to take it to the kitchen, you will need to safeguard meat and cheese since it’s the Japanese Spitz’s favorite.

Its thick coat is one that can uniquely identify the breed from afar. Their white coat is also dirt repellant. The thick coat preserves lots of heat within it and does well in cold climates. The Japanese Spitz can weigh 25 pounds while standing at heights of up to 15 inches.



This list couldn’t exist without mentioning this curious dog, the Korean Jindo. Some people refer to this dog as Chindo or Jindo Gae. They are a dog that comes from Korea.

The dog is a hunting dog with unmatched skills and capabilities. They have double coats, which can withstand harsh conditions. This alert dog features erect ears and a gorgeous tail.

If you cement your relationship with this dog, then rest assured that you have not only an affectionate friend but also a faithful one. Their loyalty makes these beautiful animals one of the best options for family pets. Jindos can weigh 50 pounds and can stand 22 inches tall.

Bryan Harding

Bryan has spent his whole life around animals. While loving all animals, Bryan is especially fond of mammals and has studied and worked with them around the world. Not only does Bryan share his knowledge and experience with our readers, but he also serves as owner, editor, and publisher of North American Mammals.

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