Kai Ken At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (FSS: Working); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); UKC (Northern)
Medium. Weight: 25–55 lbs Height: Males 18.5–22 inches; Females 17.5–20 inches
All Brindle colors equally acceptable; Only Black Brindle, Red Brindle, Brindle
12 to 15 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
The Kai Ken is considered the purest Japanese dog breed.
Kai Ken Overview
The Kai Ken is native to the province of Kai on Honshu island. The relatively isolation caused by the mountains has helped keep the breed protected and close to its originating roots throughout the centuries. Due to this, the breed is considered the purest Japanese dog. The breed is now considered a national treasure of Japan.
Kai Ken Characteristics
They are hunting dogs, bred to track deer and wild boar. The dog breed also serves as a guardian of family and other pets. The breed has the wild look characteristic of other breeds such as the Jindo, with a plush coat and curled over the back tail. They also resemble the smaller, less furry Akita.
Kai Ken Temperament
They are considered intelligent, loyal and trustworthy. There are many stories of this breed giving his own life in order to protect that of his owner and family. While slightly reserved around strangers, they will warm up quickly to anyone friendly and considered friendly toward their human companions. He also makes an excellent watchdog and protector, especially if protecting children.
Kai Ken Care
Like other ancient style breeds, this breeddoes not have any notable health concerns related to its breed. Average life span is 12 to 15 years slightly above average for other dogs its size. Good veterinary care and preventive medicine are key to a long and happy life.
Kai Ken Coat
The thick, double coat of the breed requires frequent brushing, much like other similar Spitz-type dogs. It can shed some if not properly groomed, however with good care it remains weather resistant and shiny.
Kai Ken Training
This breed is more receptive to training than other Spitz type dogs, and motivating him is key to learning new tricks. Firm, but patient and kind trainers will easily get this intelligent dog to learn new things, and keep both owner and dog happy.
Kai Ken Activity
Secure fencing or a leash is important when exercising them, as his hunting instinct may lead him to wander off. They require a higher level of activity, so long outdoor hikes, walks or other fun outdoor activities will help prevent boredom.