But many Japanese love the dog. There are many facilities for dog like dog run & dog cafe in Japan. Dog runs are in many high-way rest areas, so we can enjoy driving with dog.
Japan is a rabies free country. And Japan & New Zealand is only two countries in the world of no rabies risk according to WHO(2013). All registered dogs are required to have vaccination against rabies between April and June in Japan.
At present, six species of Japanese dog have been designated as national natural monuments in Japan. They are Shiba-inu[柴犬（しばいぬ）], Hokkaidō-inu(ken)[北海道犬（ほっかいどういぬ or けん）] , Akita-inu(ken)[秋田犬（あきたいぬ or けん）], Kai-ken[甲斐犬（かいけん）] from Yamanashi, Kishū-inu(ken)[紀州犬（きしゅういぬ or けん）] from Wakayama, Shikoku-ken[四国犬（しこくけん）].
Stuffed specimen of a Kai-ken, "Kuro"
at National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo
And also in Japanese species, there are Kawakami-ken[川上犬（かわかみけん）] from Kawakami Vil. Nagano, Satsuma-ken[薩摩犬（さつまけん）] from Kagoshima, RyūKyū-ken[琉球犬（りゅうきゅうけん）] form Okinawa and so on.
Japanese species are middle or small size dogs except for Akita-inu.
Calendar of Japanese dog 2016 by Japanese famous photographer Mitsuaki Iwago
The photo book of Famous Hokkaidō-inu actor, "Kai-kun"