Kishu Ken Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Kishu Ken so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginJapan flagJapan
Other Names
What other names does the Kishu Ken have?
Kishu InuKishu
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Kishu Ken Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Kishu Ken puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$300-$500
If you choose to purchase the Kishu Ken, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Kishu Ken for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Kishu Ken gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Kishu Ken?
Rare: You may rarely see each other in everyday life, but you might catch a glimpse of each other at dog shows.

There are very few of them, and there have been times when they have almost drifted to the brink of extinction, so few are left.

Kishu Ken Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Kishu Ken weigh? Kishu Ken weight:
30-60 pounds (13-27 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Kishu Ken? Kishu Ken average weight:
45 pounds (20 kg)
Height
How tall is the Kishu Ken? Kishu Ken height:
17-22 inches (43-56 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Kishu Ken average height:
19.5 inches (49.5 cm)

Kishu Ken Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Kishu Ken have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
DenseSoftThickStraight
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Kishu Ken's coat?
BrindleWhiteTanRedBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Kishu Ken and how often?
Advanced: The Kishu Ken requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes.

Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog baths are important.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your Kishu Ken a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Kishu Ken, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Kishu Ken dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Kishu Inu?
Kishu Kens shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Kishu Ken need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Kishu Ken every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing. Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Kishu Ken Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Kishu Ken have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AlertDocileNobleDignifiedFaithful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Kishu Ken? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Kishu Ken dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Kishu Kens are hard to train. They don't really get the association between commands and actions. If you want them to obey, you should be very consistent and patient while teaching.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Average: Kishu Kens, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Kishu Ken sensitivity:
Kishu Kens have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Kishu Kens are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Kishu Inu need? Kishu Ken social needs:
Kishu Kens are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Kishu Ken dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Kishu Inu bark?
Low: The Kishu Ken barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Kishu Ken good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Kishu Kens are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Kishu Kens will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Kishu Ken dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Kishu Kens are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Kishu Ken can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Kishu Ken will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Kishu Ken bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Kishu Inu? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Kishu Ken? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Kishu Ken has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Kishu Ken has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Kishu Ken bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Kishu Ken, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Kishu Ken do?
Kishu Kens have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Kishu Kens need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Kishu Ken to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Kishu Ken roam?
Kishu Kens have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Kishu Ken have high prey drive?
Kishu Kens have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Kishu Ken good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Kishu Ken indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Kishu Kens adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Kishu Kens handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.

Kishu Ken Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Kishu Ken temperament with other people:
Kishu Kens are average friendly towards strangers.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Kishu Ken dogs get along with other pets? Are Kishu Ken dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Kishu Kens are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Kishu Ken dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Kishu Ken temperament with children:
Kishu Kens are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Kishu Ken dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Kishu Kens are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Kishu Ken good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Kishu Ken dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Kishu Kens are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Kishu Ken can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Kishu Ken breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Kishu Kens are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Kishu Kens good office dogs? Do Kishu Kens make good office friendly dogs? Can Kishu Kens be office dogs?
No
Kishu Ken is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Kishu Ken dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Kishu Inu temperament with senior people? Are Kishu Ken dogs good for elderly owners?
Kishu Kens are usually recommended for elderly people.

Kishu Ken Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Kishu Ken dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Kishu Kens tend to have a lot and frequent health issues. Regular vet check-ups are essential with this breed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Kishu Ken breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Kishu Ken see the vet?
Frequent
The Kishu Ken should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Kishu Ken dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Kishu Ken be? What is the age limit of the Kishu Ken? How many years can the oldest Kishu Ken live?
11-13 years
The average lifespan of Kishu Ken: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Kishu Ken breed hypoallergenic?
No
Kishu Kens don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Kishu Ken have? What is the activity level of the Kishu Ken?
Kishu Kens are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Kishu Ken dogs require per day?
Kishu Kens need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Kishu Kens don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Kishu Ken need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Kishu Ken risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Kishu Ken's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Kishu Ken's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Kishu Ken has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Kishu Ken drool?
The Kishu Ken is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Kishu Ken As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Kishu Ken be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Kishu Ken is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Kishu Ken be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Kishu Ken be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Kishu Ken is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Kishu Ken be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Kishu Ken is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Kishu Ken be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Kishu Ken is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Kishu Ken be a boat dog?

Not really

Kishu Ken breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Kishu Ken be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Kishu Ken is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Kishu Ken dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Kishu Ken Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Kishu Ken: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Kishu Ken have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies, average 3

Kishu Ken Recognition

AKC Group
Is Kishu Ken recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Kishu Ken recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Kishu Ken breed?
American Rare Breed AssociationDog Registry of America Inc.Foundation Stock ServiceNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.

Kishu Ken Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Watchdog Ability: Kishu Kens are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Kishu Kens adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Kishu Kens handle alone time quite well.
  • Child Friendly: Kishu Kens are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Kishu Kens are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Kishu Kens are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: Kishu Kens are hard to train.
  • Health Issues: Kishu Kens tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
  • Hypoallergenic: Kishu Kens don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Advanced: The Kishu Ken requires a lot of grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Kishu Ken's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Office Friendly: Kishu Ken is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Kishu Kens are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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