Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 10-18, Female: 9-16
Height: Male: 15.5-19.5, Female: 15-19
Origin of Name: The Kai Ken is a breed of dog from Japan where it is a national monument.
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Kai ken is one of the six native Japanese breeds. The breed was discovered in 1929 in the mountainous regions of Kai Province near Mount Fuji. In 1931, Kai Kane Aigokai was formed and is the oldest and largest Kai Kane Registry. Due to the breed's hunting severity and agility, it was traditionally used to hunt a wide range of game ranging from pheasant to bear.
Kai was recognized by the Japanese Kennel Club in 1934. Due to the language barrier, there is very limited information on the breed, but it is believed that Kai Kens was first brought to the United States by US soldiers in the military in the 1950s. A pair were also sent to Salt Lake City. It is not known what happened to these dogs or if there are any living offspring. The next known arrival of the breed was in 1990 when a four-year-old male was brought in and, shortly thereafter, three female puppies. In 1991, six more puppies were brought in and in the following year, another male puppy was imported. These dogs created a genetic pool for the all-American breed Kai Kane; They are the foundation of the moss we have today.
Originally there were two types of moss cans from two great foundation studs. KAIKURO will be of the ""vial-inu-gata"" type which is a plump, stockier dog with a more bear-type face. DARRO, famous for its deer hunting, is credited for its long body with a thin face, known as the ""Shika-inu-gata"" type. Each dog today gave strength, speed, agility and quick thinking to its descendants as a breed. Currently in Japan, mosses are considered very high by the Japanese, they no longer differentiate the two types, and neither type is preferred over the other. The Japanese describe Kai as a trusted guardian who is extremely devoted to his master, and they say that a Kai will devote his life to protecting his master. They are much loved and preserved in their country of origin and are considered a natural treasure in Japan.