Thinking about purchasing an Kishu Ken? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Kishu Ken breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Kishu Ken owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Kishu Ken and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Kishu Ken Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Kishu Ken and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Kishu Ken Profile
The Kishu Ken is a medium sized dog of almost always white color. They are a courageous, trustworthy breed with a close resemblance to the Shiba Inu and Ainu Dog. The Kishu, a medium sized sturdy dog, was once used for hunting deer and wild boar. They have the potential to be powerful, and have often been praised by the Japanese. Kishu 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 few colors, mostly white, but also in red, sesame or brindle. Kishu 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 Kishu Ken is best suited for one person. Almost of the same lineage, they are closely related to the Kai Ken and Shikoku, all being named by the Japanese their "scarred glory".
Height: 17 - 22
white, but may come in red or brindle.
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. Kishu 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. 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.
Kishu Ken Care and Training:
Kishu 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.
Kishu Kens shed once or twice a year, making grooming at these times needed.
Kishu Kens should be trained from puppyhood, as they are very willful. They
are more responsive than the Ainu or Kai Ken, however. They should be socialized
from puppyhood, getting them used to new sights and sounds.
Kishu Ken 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 AKC)
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