Kishu Ken

The Kishu Ken is also known as Kishu or Kishu Inu. It is a medium size sturdy Japanese dog that is believed to have been in existence since thousands of years. Thought to be older than Akita Inu and Shiba Inu, the dog predates the recorded history. It has been used as an efficient hunter of wild boar and deer for centuries.

This medium size dog stands between 17-22 inches and weighs about 30-60 lbs. It has a compact body with well developed muscles. It comes with a broad forehead, thick, wedge shaped and tapering muzzle that leads to a black nose. Set well apart, small and triangular shaped eyes are dark brown in colour. Firmly pricked and triangular shape small ears are forwardly inclined. The dog comes with a short and straight back, broad and muscular loin, deep chest with moderately sprung ribs and well tucked up belly. Thick and set on high tail is carried in curved or vigorously curled like sickle over the back. Moderately sloping shoulders with well developed muscles, strong and long legs and tough hocks give the dog agility and speed that it needs to hunt large game. The Kishu Ken has a double coat. The outer coat is harsh and straight while the undercoat is soft and dense. It comes in white, red and sesame colouring.

This breed is NOT recognized by AKC however it is recognized by FCI and AKC (FSS).

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