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Kai Ken Puppies
Description: The Kai Ken, also known as the Tora (Tiger) Dog, is a courageous, trustworthy breed with a close resemblance to the Shiba Inu. The Kai, a medium sized sturdy dog, was once used for hunting deer and wild boar. They have the potential to be powerful, and has often been praised as a "scarred glory". Kai Kens have a broad head with large prick ears, uncropped. They have a thick double coat that is very useful in the winter, soft underneath and harsh on the outside. They come in a variety of brindles, including black brindle, red brindle, or dark brindle. This is possibly why they are called the Tiger Dog. Kai Kens are spirited, brave and strong. Due to their strong prey drive, they are not suited well around other, smaller pets. They do, however, do very well with other dogs, as they are pack hunters. They are clean, calm and quiet. They are gentle and devoted to family, but wary with strangers. Headstrong and a leader, the Kai Ken is best suited for one person. Known for their ability to climb trees, the Kai Ken is a great choice for an owner in need of a warrior.
Other Names: Tora Inu (Tiger Dog), Kai tora-ken, Kai-ken
Type: Hunting Dog
- 23 inches. Males: 18.5 to 23 inches; Females: 17.5 - 20
brindle, red brindle and dark brindle, or red.
Kai Kens are a more one-person dog. They are courageous and brave as hunters,
and will be loyal to their owners. They have a strong prey drive, and will
hunt small animals. They do well with other dogs, however, due to their
pack instincts. They are quite headstrong and willful. They are devoted
and loyal to family, getting along well with children. Kai Kens like to
keep an eye on whatever is going on, and sometimes find a high place to
lookout from. They can be timid of strangers, and due to their wild background
need to be socialized early on. They are easily housebroken, intelligent,
and have a strong will. Training is necessary, as they are quite headstrong.
Watch-dog: High. They
love to perch in high places to see what's going on.
Care and Training:
Kai Kens need regular exercise on a leash, taking walks or runs. They can
also be given a job to do such as herding to satisfy their exercise. They
should be brushed weekly to keep their fur mat free and clean. Bathe them
as necessary, depending on how dirty they are. Their ears should be checked
routinely for wax build up, infection or dirt. Their nails should also be
trimmed regularly. Kai Kens shed once or twice a year, making grooming at
these times needed. Kai Kens should be trained from puppyhood, as they are
very willful. They are the least responsive of the Japanese breeds, and
the most wild. They should be socialized from puppyhood, getting them used
to new sights and sounds.
Health Issues: There are none known. Due to isolation during the breed's development, the breed has kept pure and healthy.
Life Span: 11 -13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the
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