Kai Ken

Kai Ken


The Kai Ken was discovered in the Kai Mountains, right next to Mount Fuji. It is believed to be one of Japan’s purest and oldest dog breeds, and this rare dog is believed to be a skilled hunter and highly intelligent. Today, breed advocates work tirelessly to increase the small population of dogs, especially in the United States and Japan, and in their homeland, Kai Ken are sometimes known as Kai Uni or Tora Inu. They have also earned the nickname tiger dog, thanks to their distinctive brindle coat. Although they are quite rare pure breeds, you can still find them in local shelters and rescue groups. Remember to adopt. Dogs of this breed are incredibly loyal and affectionate, making them a great choice for families and individuals alike. However, this ancient breed has a high energy level and may adopt a dull and destructive behaviour if forced into a more sedentary lifestyle. They can also be a bit stubborn, which does not make them an ideal choice for novice pet parents. If you want a companion for your active life and have experience in dog ownership, then this could be the right breed for you.


The Kai Ken is sometimes referred to as a tiger dog because of its distinctive brindle coat, which usually comes in three variations: black brindle (Kuro-Tora), brindle (Chu-Tora) and red brindle (Aka-Tora), the red being the rarest of all. Kai Ken dogs have a high energy level. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half to one hour walk a day, with some active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in.The Kai Ken is an incredibly calm companion for children. The Kai Ken is an incredibly calm companion for children. He is not a rough play dog, but is not usually aggressive with unruly children.


The Kai Ken is one of the six native Japanese spitz type dogs and also possibly the one with the purest bloodline. The breed originated in Kai (hence the name), a mountainous region in present-day Yamanashi. Surrounded by mountains, the breed remained isolated and wild.Kai Ken dogs are known for their hunting prowess and will swim or even climb trees to catch their prey.In 1934, the Japanese government classified the Kai Ken as a Living Natural Monument. Around the 1950s, it is believed that the US military brought some tiger dogs from Japan to the United States, although it is not known what happened to them. Most Kai Ken reside in their native Japan, where there are an estimated 12,000 to 14,000 tiger dogs. Many of them are modern-day companion dogs, while some are still used to help hunt larger animals such as wild boar and deer.

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Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Height: 17 to 22 inches
Weight: 25 to 45 pounds
Life Span: 12 to 16 years

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