Monday, December 16, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Kai Ken

Image from akc.org
The Kai Ken is a Japanese breed, rare even in its own country. According to the AKC, they developed as a wild breed in the mountains in the province of Kai, on the island of Honshu. The dogs were isolated by mountains and water, and are believed to be the purest of all Japanese breeds. The Kai Ken was designated a "Natural Treasure" in Japan in 1934, and is protected by law. 

The Kai is a natural hunter. They're intelligent and quick learners, and considered trustworthy and devoted guardians. However, their strong prey drive gives them a tendency to take off in search of game. They're excellent swimmers and climbers, and have even been known to climb trees to get to whatever they're chasing.

Kai Ken is a healthy, athletic, and sturdy breed. Their average life span is anywhere from twelve to over fifteen years. Many Kais are reserved with strangers, but they are also loyal to their families and love children.

~ Maria Sadowski ~

4 comments:

  1. Another dog that I've never heard of before!

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    1. Me too. Until I researched the article, I thought Kai Ken was a kind of knife. Hmm, wonder if the concepts are related... =)

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  2. It seems like the Japanese dogs all kind of have the same stance and form, rare or not.

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    1. I bet they all have the same ancestry way back when. I think it's fascinating how dogs that look the same can have such different temperaments. Like the American Eskimo, Samoyed, and Japanese Spitz. =D

      When we adopted our Eskie I did not realize that they were bred to be guard dogs and wouldn't be all happy joy joy like the Samoyeds. My bad. That was six years ago. I know much more now. LOL!

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