Kishu Ken

Temperament: Faithful, Noble, Docile

  • Height: 17-22 inches
  • Weight: 30-60 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Group: Foundation Stock Service 

The Kishu Ken is a dog of noteworthy endurance, showing nobility, dignity, and naive feeling. His temperament is faithful, docile, and very alert.

About the Kishu Ken

The Kishu Ken is a great dog for an active person and has the ability to be an easy-going house dog when they are not out and about. They are medium-sized, well balanced, and their muscles are well developed. They have pricked ears and a curled or sickle tail. Kishus are very loving and affectionate with their families and need to be included in activities. They are great with kids if raised with them, but they are often aloof with strangers. Kishu Ken have high prey drives and might like to give chase to small animals. If he is raised with a small animal such as a cat, he could do well with them, but most Kishus can’t help but give in to their instincts.

NUTRITION The Kishu Ken are prone to allergies and do well on a high-quality dog food, whether commercially  manufactured or home-prepared with your veterinarian’s supervision and approval. Allergic Kishu Ken may require a grain-free or potato-free kibble. Many Kishu do best on nutrient-dense foods to help maintain their weight and fitness. A protein source based in fish or lamb may treat your Kishu Ken the best when available. Hypothyroidism, occasionally seen in the breed, may cause weight gain. It is best to check with your vet if you have concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.

GROOMING Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep your Kishu clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your dog. The strong, fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting, and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris, which can result in infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

EXERCISE Kishus require daily exercise and stimulation, but as a dog that is built to run and hunt, the quality of the activity is more important than the physical exercise. Having a large yard where the dogs can run around is good for daily use, but without the stimulation, daily walks may become boring and yards will just end up a place of contention where your Kishu may become a master escape artist or a brilliant excavator. Giving your Kishu Ken a nice, daily walk in addition to alternating “adventures” or enriching activities (hiking in a new place, taking them to a new neighbourhood to walk around, introducing a novel toy or item or just something high-value they can take time with) will satisfy their needs.

TRAINING Kishu Ken are intelligent problem solvers. They like to try to resolve their issues and do things independently until they are taught otherwise. They are as trainable as their owner is willing to discover what motivates them. This can be something as easy and simple as finding a favourite food or it can be a little more obscure, like a particular sock or a toy that can be rewarding enough to work for. Kishu Ken have worked with people, historically, as boar-hunting dogs, and that intelligence and cooperation can be put toward contemporary sports such as agility, herding, obedience, lure coursing, and much more, depending on individual preferences and ability.

HEALTH Current data suggestions environmental and food allergies are the largest health concern to Kishu Ken. These allergies can cause dermatitis, pyoderma, and ear infections when not properly maintained, but are relatively harmless when kept under control with the help of high-quality nutrition and veterinary assistance.
Kishu Ken are an otherwise healthy breed. Rare cases of autoimmune skin conditions, Addison’s disease, and hypothyroidism are sometimes observed.

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