Get to know the Kishu
All you need to know about the breed
Hailing from the mountainous region of Kishu in Japan, the Kishu dog breed, or Kishu Ken, is a medium-sized hardy animal with lots of endurance. Resembling nothing so much as a canine polar bear with their usually all-white double coats, the breed can also be found in rare red and sesame, or brindle-coated versions. While they were initially bred for the hunt, today they also make for super companions.
Kishus have an affable and docile temperament but they do have some limits. Like cohabiting with cats and other small mammals - their strong prey instincts make this a no-no unless they were raised with them. Smaller kids could also prove challenging. Kishus prefer calm living arrangements so children need to be taught how to respectfully interact with dogs (though in all fairness, this is a universal truism). Of course, your Kishu needs training and socialisation classes to learn how to get along with kids, too.
Kishus need a moderate amount of exercise each day but it needs to be kept interesting. Think mental stimulation, so change it up to keep them on their toes. Affectionate and loyal, Kishu dogs are quite protective of their human family, especially if someone new comes through. And while not overly barky, they will definitely sound the alarm. But that’s just your Kishu looking out for you. This is a dog that really takes their place as part of their human family.
2 facts about Kishus
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Kishu