Ryukyu Inu Dog

Ryukyu Inu

Brave, Athletic, Quiet

The Ryukyu Inu looks similar to a wolf. They have long slender bodies with dark brown eyes and erected triangular ears.

Ryukyu Inu Dog

Health

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 18 – 22 inches

Weight

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  • 40 – 80 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 12 – 13 years

Health Risk

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Glaucoma

What is it?:

Glaucoma is a condition where the pressure in the eye called intraocular pressure increases.

% of dogs affected

20%

Clinical signs

The clinical symptoms may occur all of a sudden in the case of acute Glaucoma, they are –

  • The breed may experience some pain in the eye which can cause rubbing of the eye and irritation
  • Swelling in the eye causes redness in the white area of the eye.
  • The dog may experience lethargy and loss of their appetite
  • Blindness may be experienced if the pressure is reduced
  • Cloudiness or bluish color may appear on the cornea.
  • Discharge in the eye

Treatment

For the treatment of Glaucoma, the first action to be taken is to reduce the intraocular pressure. The pressure needs to be reduced so as to avoid the risk of complete blindness or damage. Analgesics may be given to reduce swelling and pain. In cases of severe or advanced illness, medical treatment often requires surgery. In rare cases when the pressure does not reduce and there is blindness then removal of the eye may be recommended to reduce the pain.

Average Vet Bill

$5000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $4500

80% = $4000

70% = $3500

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Hip Dysplasia

What is it?:

As a result of poor joint development, hip joints become lax, eventually leading to arthritis

% of dogs affected

12%

Clinical signs

The symptoms of the condition are as follows:

  • Pooping sounds from joints
  • Lack of activity
  • A reduction in range of motion
  • Loss of thigh muscle
  • Discomfort in standing
  • The trouble with climbing furniture
  • Hopping while walking

Treatment

Medium to large-breed dogs are often prone to Hip Dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia can also be developed due to genetics. A few treatment options are:

  • Joint supplements
  • Physical therapy
  • Double or triple pelvic osteotomy
  • Acupuncture can improve muscle strength
  • Femoral head ostectomy

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Agile

The Ryukyu Inu is capable of climbing trees due to their working declaw

Loyal

The Ryukyu Inu are intelligent and like to be respected. They are not scared of danger and will protect their family as they are loyal-natured.

Playful

Even though the Ryukyu Inu is a wild breed, it doesn’t mean they are not playful and friendly. They love to socialize and like to be included in everything.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

The Ryukyu Inu sometimes has two varieties, a double coat and a single coat. Both of them are short.

Colors

The Ryukyu Inu normally has a coat that is brindle, red, white, liver, or black. The coat can also have tiger-like stripes on it.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The Ryukyu Inu requires brushing their coat twice a week. Their coat does not require much grooming unless it’s shedding season.

Training

The Ryukyu Inu is one of the easiest to train among other Japanese dog breeds. They are very intelligent and respond well to their owner’s voices. They can be trained through treats.

Ryukyu Inu: Introduction to the Breed

The Ryukyu Inu has its roots in Okinawa, Japan. They are a pure breed and are considered to be rare as they are decreasing in number because of their unpopularity. They usually cost around $400- $600. They are not as sensitive as other breeds which makes them courageous and great hunting dogs. They have lived in the rainforest for years and are believed to be able to climb trees, but currently, a very small percentage of Ryukyu Inu has a working declaw. They may look similar to the Kai Ken but their behavior is more similar to a Hokkaido.

The Ryukyu Inu is a quiet breed who loves to socialize and spend time with their family.

Ryukyu Inu Physical Characteristics:

  • Medium-sized
  • Short coat
  • Erect ears
  • Wild looking

Ryukyu Inu is Best suited for pet owners:

  • Who have active lives
  • Who have children
  • Who may have cats
  • Who like to socialize
  • Who has time to train dogs

Things to watch out for before deciding to own a Ryukyu Inu

  • The Ryukyu is a hunting dog which is why they are not trusted with other pets. They may be okay with a cat if they are introduced early on.
  • They are an active dog breed and may need their owner to take them for long walks or hikes.
  • They can be good with kids for a short period.
  • They can climb vertical trees and may have a strong prey instinct.
  • You may not be able to leave the dog alone for a long time as they require time from their owners.

What should a Ryukyu Inu eat?

The Ryukyu Inu can be given homemade food that can be mixed with kibble. Foods like boiled chicken, spinach, brown rice, and sweet potatoes are very nutritious for them. They should have access to water at all times as they are active breeds. The Ryukyu Inu should be given top-quality food to maintain their health.

Conclusion

The Ryukyu Inu is the perfect partner to have If you are looking for someone who is not only athletic and playful but also very affectionate. They also don’t bark too much and are quiet. They are a friendly breed that loves their family. The more you get to know this breed the more you fall in love with their amicable spirit and pleasing nature. They are very loyal to their masters and would never leave their side in any difficult situation. If you are looking for a brave partner they are the one!

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