Kishu Ken Puppies & Breed Information

Kishu Ken

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Breed Information

Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service

Weight: 30-60 lbs

Height: 17-22 inches

Color(s): White


Designated as a National Treasure by their native country of Japan, the Kishu Ken were highly prized for their hunting abilities of deer and wild boar. Today this breed is used as a companion or for herding. They are rarely exported out of Japan and are quite difficult to acquire.


The Kishu Ken is medium-sized, sturdy, muscular, and well-built. They possess strength, courage, and endurance. The Kishu Ken breed is spirited, dignified, noble, and alert.


The Kishu Ken breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. The Kishu Ken is loyal, intelligent, and faithful. They have a tendency to bond closely with one member of a family. Kishu Ken's will do well with children and dogs they have been raised with. However, due to their high prey drive they are not recommended for homes with cats or other small household pets. They are aloof and wary of strangers but are not aggressive. They are a thoughtful, gentle, and silent breed.


Kishu Ken's require weekly brushing with a firm bristle brush to keep the coat free of matting. Special attention should be given during the seasonal heavy shedding. Bathing should be done when necessary. It is important to regularly trim the nails and check the ears often for debris. Due to the rarity of this breed there are no known health issues.


The Kishu Ken is a double coat breed. The outer coat is straight, harsh, and short in length. The hair is slightly longer on the tail and cheeks. The under coat is dense and soft. This Kishu Ken breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.


Early socialization and obedience training is recommended for the Kishu Ken. This breed requires a dominant handler as they have a tendency to be obstinate and willful. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with respect, firmness, fairness, and consistency.


The Kishu Ken is not recommended for apartment living. They require regular exercise and do best with a large securely fenced yard or rural setting. They enjoy and thrive on family interaction, jogging, hiking, walking, and herding.


Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.

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Updated: 11/26/2014

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