Why don’t Japanese dogs bark?

That’s an exaggeration of course, but it’s generally amazing how quiet and well behaved they are – so much so that I’m almost certain the owner of the two barky dogs next to Yokohama International School in Yamate must be foreign. According to a few websites the Shiba-ken (called “Shiba-inu” for some reason in English) is a breed that rarely barks anyway. However, not running and barking at all and sundry (not even foreigners!) like in the UK, Turkey, Thailand and virtually everywhere I’ve lived certainly doesn’t seem to be breed-specific in Japan. Do they have some dog training tricks which Google hasn’t managed to find for me?

1 Comment

  1. crella said,

    October 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

    ‘called “Shiba-inu” for some reason in English’

    That’s a pet peeve of mine, along with calling teppan-yaki ‘hibachi’ in the US. As far as the dogs go, every Japanese breed is designated that way in English, ‘Tosa-inu’, Akita-inu’ and it just sounds so weird….somebody got lazy with the kanji I bet.


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