The words Dog Breed Info with the letter D inside of a black paw print

Taiwan Dog

Information and Pictures

A tan shepherd-looking dog with a black muzzle laying down in the green grass with a couple of sticks in front of and beside her

Mauka the Taiwan Dog at 6 months old—"Mauka is a great dog. She loves to chew on sticks in the backyard."

Other Names
  • Formosan Mountain Dog





The Taiwan Dog is very intelligent protective and loyal. She loves to be part of the family and is a good watch and companion dog. The breed learns very quickly and is friendly to family members, but aloof to strangers. Early socialization is recommended.

Height, Weight

Height: 17-20 inches (43-51 cm)
Weight: 26-40 pounds (12-18 kg)

Health Problems

The Taiwan Dog is a very healthy and hardy breed, with little health problems.

Living Conditions

Can live in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised.

Life Expectancy

About 9 to 13 years

Litter Size



The short coat of the Taiwan Dog is easy to groom. This breed is an average shedder.


The Taiwan Dog is a descendant of the South Asian hunting dogs. The breed originates in the central mountainous regions of Taiwan serving as a hunter and companion to the locals. Although rare, the original lines can still be found there today. The breed is one of the oldest and most primitive dog breeds in the world.



  • AKC = American Kennel Club
  • FCI = Federation Cynologique Internationale