This particular breed of dog originated in Japan and was known as the Silent Hunter. They tend to be very quiet, but guarding small children and other small animals are not ideal surroundings for this breed of dog. Grooming of the coat is needed daily, along with exercise to keep the dog active. Size ranges from 24-28 inches and weigh between 75-120 pounds. While the large stature of the breed may not be suitable for small children, with proper training the dog can be great for any family.