Kishu Ken

Kishu Ken


Almost exclusive to Japan, the Kishu Ken is an ancient breed of dog that was used to hunt large animals, such as wild boar. Some are still used as hunting dogs, but for the most part, the modern Kishu Ken is a family dog in Japan, and have begun to grow in popularity in the United States as well, with some fans of the breed affectionately calling them Kishu or Kishu Inu. Although they are purebred dogs, it is possible to find them in shelters and rescues. Remember to adopt. Dogs of this breed may not be the best choice for novice parents, as this stubborn hunter needs a gentle but firm hand along with constant training. This ancient Japanese breed gets along well with both single individuals and families, although it tends to become attached to one person in the household. Although reserved in nature, they are quick to protect their humans. If you are looking for a calm companion that will also alert you to potential dangers, this may be the breed for you.


The Kishu Ken used to have a variety of coat colours, including brindle and red. As the breed became standardised, the white coat was in demand, and the Kishu Ken was selectively bred. Some rare red and brindle Kishu Ken still exist. Make sure your dog gets at least one good half-hour to hour-long walk a day, with some good active play sessions and shorter walks mixed in. When it comes to children, the Kishu Ken can be a great, quiet companion. However, the Kishu Ken is not a dog that will take to roughhousing, so you should teach your children to interact safely with dogs.Cats and other small mammals are not the best housemates for a Kishu Ken. Their hunting instincts are likely to be set in motion. Cats and other small mammals are the best housemates for the Kishu Ken. Because the Kishu Ken is such a loyal breed, he may become vigilant and protective if someone new enters the house. A good brushing once a week is sufficient. They are not a good choice for allergy sufferers.


Although the exact date of the breed’s origin is not certain, researchers believe that the Kishu Ken breed is at least 3,000 years old. According to some legends, the Kishu Ken is a descendant of wolves given to a man after he helped a wounded wolf. Humans worked with their Kishu Ken dogs to hunt large animals such as wild boar and even bears. The dogs were trained to locate live prey and wait for the humans to catch up with them. Although these loyal and intelligent dogs stood by their humans, it was not until 1934 that Kishu Ken enthusiasts in Japan honoured them as a national treasure, designating the breed as a “Memorial of Nature”. The breed is found mainly in Japan, although it is also considered rare there. Foundation breeders in both Japan and the United States are actively working to maintain Kishu Ken numbers.

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Dog Breed Group: Working Dogs
Height: 17 to 22 inches
Weight: 30 to 60 pounds
Life Span: 9 to 13 years

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