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Kai Ken

Kai Kens share the characteristics of other dogs living in the mountainous regions of Japan: strong legs and especially well-developed hocks.

About the Kai Ken

Kai Kens are keen, highly alert dogs. Traditionally used as hunting dogs, Kai Kens are quick learners who form strong bonds with their human families and make excellent companions to all.

They have a strong inclination to form a pack, which is felt to be one of the reasons the breed has remained pure. Their brindle coat is one of their distinctive features. Kai Kens were declared a Natural Monument in 1934.

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
14–16 years

Alert / Confident / Friendly / Intelligent / Loyal / Even-tempered

Key facts

  • Requires outdoor space
  • Needs little training
  • Makes a great family dog

A Kai Ken's life story

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