Kai Ken

With a history dating back several millennia, the Kai Ken is an ancient breed of Spitz-type dog originating in Japan. It’s one of six native breeds still existing today and is named after its birthplace: ‘Ken’ being from the province in central Honshu west of Tokyo. Its courageous attitude combined with brindle coloring has earned it another name – Tiger Dog!

For centuries, the Kai Ken was kept in a state of genetic purity due to their isolated residence among lofty mountains. This geographic seclusion enabled them not only to develop remarkable climbing abilities but also an impressive aptitude for swimming – both talents required while navigating hilly terrain. As such, they have become renowned throughout the region and beyond as adept mountaineers and swimmers. This solid breed has historically been used for hunting purposes, aiding hunters in capturing boar, pheasants and deer. Additionally, it is also excellent at tracking other types of prey.

The Kai Ken, sometimes referred to as Tiger Dog due to its distinctive brindle coat, is available in three variations of black (Kuro-Tora), brown (Chu-Tora) and red (Aka-Tora). The latter being the rarest. Additionally their fur is double layered which they will naturally shed seasonally – making them an unsuitable choice for those with allergies. Even though your Kai Ken will require a bit more vacuuming due to its shedding, it doesn’t demand any extra grooming beyond brushing out their coat. This breed of “Tiger Dog” is known for being exceptionally clean and tidy since they’re so dedicated to self-care!

Intellectually sharp and lively, the Kai Ken has remarkable character traits that make it a perfect companion for any situation. This breed is both brave when working and affectionate in its home environment – truly an all-around ideal pet. Due to their constant alertness, they excel as watchdogs or guard dogs since they don’t automatically trust strangers. Above all else, this dog’s top priority is its family; from puppyhood onward it will remain devotedly loyal to them while safeguarding those around it with great care.

With intelligence comes a bit of stubbornness – as is common with dogs. While teaching may be difficult at times, an experienced trainer will appreciate working with the Kai Ken’s cleverness. This breed is quite smart and can easily master complicated tasks quicker than many other breeds, relishing any opportunity to show off their skills!

Adaptable and athletic, the Kai Ken can thrive in small dwellings given that they are allowed to have ample outdoor exercise. This breed is inactive indoors so even an apartment will be a suitable place for them. Nevertheless, caution should still be observed when out in public areas as their prey instinct may activate if they come across smaller animals like cats or squirrels. As such, off-leash activities should only take place within a secure fenced area.

  • Furlyfe Rank
  • Group AKC Miscellaneous
  • Origin Japan
  • Size Medium
  • Weight 25 to 45 pounds
  • Coat Length Medium
  • Coat Type Double
  • Colors Black Brindle, Brindle, Red Brindle
  • Temperament Loyal, Intelligent, Agile

Breed Characteristics

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