Other names : Kishu Inu, Kishu Ken

Photo: adult dog of Kishu breed
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Life expectancy

The Kishu has a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 18 and 20 in
Male Between 19 and 22 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 55 lb
Male Between 44 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red
Type of coat
Eye colour
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More details about the Kishu

Kishu: Origins and history

The Kishu Ken can trace his heritage to a 3,000-year line of spitz-type hunting dogs of Japan’s mountain regions. In later centuries, they were selectively bred for their skills and also their colour, so that by 1945 the spotty varieties had all disappeared. In 1934, this proud dog became a “Memorial of Nature” in his homeland.

FCI classification of the Kishu

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 5 : Asian Spitz and related breeds

Training a Kishu

He is a clever dog and a quick learner, who is receptive when a relationship of mutual trust has been established. The Kishu pup must learn the basics early to become the wonderful companion he deserves to be.

Kishu: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £70 to £110 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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