An Akita dog and her puppies at a breeding centre in Takasaki, Gunma prefecture. Photo: AFP

Japan’s home-grown dogs may be national treasures but they face extinction in favour of ‘cuter’ imported breeds

  • These larger dogs are being supplanted in Japanese homes by daschunds, miniature poodles and chihuahuas
  • The problem has been exacerbated by a shrinking total population and a gradual shift of young people to live in cities
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An Akita dog and her puppies at a breeding centre in Takasaki, Gunma prefecture. Photo: AFP
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