Helping cats and dogs live their healthiest lives.
Sacred Birman kitten and Yorkshire Terrier adult standing in black and white on a white background
Breed Library


The aim in creating the breed was to produce a Japanese dog with recognised hunting qualities that was clean and easy to train.

About the Kishu

Kishus are medium-sized, well proportioned, very muscular dogs of remarkable stamina. These noble, dignified, natural dogs are loyal, docile and very alert. They carry their ears pricked and their tail rolled or sickle-shaped. Compact, robust and well-boned.

Currently, white coats may be found in this breed and has been seen to be the most popular colour. These dogs are used for hunting, now mainly wild boar, but at one time also deer. The breed took on the name of the region where it was bred.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 5, AKC Foundation Stock Service
Size category
Avg life expectancy
11–13 years

Alert / Loyal / Calm

Key facts

  • Requires moderate grooming
  • Needs a lot of exercise
  • Training should start early

Like & share this page

The healthiest start to life

Learn how to take care of your puppy's health during those first weeks and months of life.

Learn more
Labrador puppy standing in black and white on a white background

Lifetime of health

Get advice and information on how to provide the best care for your dog at every stage of life.

Learn more
Content Block With Text And Image 2