Dog Breed Group: Guard Dog
Life Span: 10-13 years
Weight: Male: 14-18, Female: 12-16
Height: Male: 18-20, Female: 17-19
Origin of Name: These dogs are also known as the Formosan Mountain Dog.
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Taiwanese dogs have been genetically discovered 10,000 to 20,000 years ago, making them one of the oldest and most primitive dog breeds in the world. They are descendants of South Asian Hunting Dogs living in the central mountainous regions of Taiwan and were loyal companions of ancient hunters in the wild jungle.
Scholars from the National Taiwan University, Japan Gifu University and Nagoya University conducted a cooperative study in 1980 on the subject of native Taiwanese dogs. They visited twenty-nine communities of local residents and, as a result, it was confirmed that the current Taiwanese dog is actually a descendant of South Asian Hunting Dogs.
This ancient breed has been an integral part of Taiwan's historical and cultural landscape for thousands of years. Now, they are popular throughout the island as a watch and Companion Dog.
Also known as Formosan Mountain Dogs, they have gained popularity in the US due to rescue efforts that have transplanted abandoned Taiwanese dog mixes into the US, however, purebred Taiwanese dogs are extremely rare and mostly conserved in Taiwan Are kept for the efforts of.