- Other names:
- Kishu Inu
The Kishu Ken is one of 6 Japanese Spitz-type dogs and was bred by hunters of present day Wakayama to hunt large game such as deer and wild boar. They are considered national treasures in Japan and are prized for being clean, dignified, intelligent, loyal and alert. Rarely found outside Japan, they are now mostly companion dogs and are suitable for most owners as long as they have the ability to give them varied daily outdoor exercise. Although they are bright, they are independent thinkers and will not only need variation in exercise, but also training; toys, food, and hunting games are great motivators. They are playful, loyal friends to kids they are raised with. With strangers they are aloof, however, they rarely bark and do not make appropriate guard dogs. Kishus retain hunting instincts, especially towards smaller pets, even if raised with them. Members of this breed are low maintenance in regards to grooming, but do shed (and heavily twice per year). Overall, they are a healthy breed with few serious health issues documented; with good fortune they should live 11-13 years.