Breed origin: Japan
Original purpose: Natural hunter and have been known to swim and climb trees in pursuit of game.
AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service
Weight: 30 to 40 lbs
Size: Height: 17 to 20 inches
Color: Black or brindle.
General characteristics/temperament: The Kai Ken is highly intelligent, sturdy, athletic, alert, courageous, and dignified. They are extremely devoted to their family and will lay down their own lives to protect them. They do best as inside dogs and require a lot of love and attention from their family. They are fast learners and respond best to positive training methods. They are reserved with strangers and like to perch on high places in order to keep an eye on things. They generally love kids and do very well with them. They are natural hunters and must be kept on a leash or in a securely fenced area when outside.
Good with children? Yes
Good watchdog? Yes
OK in apartments? Yes, if taken on walks and to the park regularly.
Easy to train? Yes
Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility
Grooming requirement: They are naturally clean dogs, and only need light brushing and an occasional bath. Their double coat sheds once or twice a year.
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
North American Kai Association
Wikipedia breed information page
Page Last Updated: February 1, 2018