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Kishu

The aim in creating the breed was to produce a Japanese dog with recognized 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 have been seen to be the most popular color. 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

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

Alert / Loyal / Calm

Key facts

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

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