Kishu Ken

Breed Group: Foundation Stock Service
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.

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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.

Does your Kishu Ken bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Kishu Ken puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
30-60 lbs
17-22 inches



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Kishu Ken Questions

Why is it the Kishu Ken is not considered good as a watch or a guard dog?

Kishu is absolutely an off the charts watch-dog. More so than a German Shepherd and the like.

What is the Kishu's expected life span? How long do they live?

I have bred Kishu Kens for over fifteen years and have found that they usually live to the age of fourteen or fifteen if they are
properly cared for.

Our kishu lived to age 11 years . She had a cancer which took her so quickly we are still in shock. She was the most intelligent dog I have ever had and in my advanced age I have had many dogs. My dog misses her and still looks for her. They were bonded !!

We just lost our Kishu Ken July 21st do to health problems brought on by Addisons Disease. Jack was almost 11 years old in a few weeks. We bought him from a breeder in Gilroy, Ca. I don't think is is breeding anymore. Best dog breed I have ever owned. I miss him so much :(

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