Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 11-13 years
Weight: Male: 15-25, Female: 13.5-27
Height: Male: 18-22, Female: 17-20
Origin of Name: Kishu Ken is a Japanese breed of dog.
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Japanese dog breeds are ancient and developed from a common source. In Japan, Spitz-type Hunting Dogs (Canis familiaris palustris) lived 3000 years ago. Kishu ken (meaning "dog" in Japanese) evolved from tough, medium-sized dogs that roamed the mountains of Japan centuries ago. They were the dogs of Matgi, who hunted pigs and deer. The area known as Wakayama in Japan is known for breeding and development of Kishu. Hunters preferred white color due to easy visibility. Working Dogs were reared for efficiency and utility. Prior to 1934, there were kishu in white, red, halter and some that were spotted. But solid colors became the only accepted color and the spotted coat kishu had disappeared by 1945. In 1934, Kishu was named the "Memorial of Nature" in his country of origin. Japanese people are proud of their dogs and give them respect and admiration. This pride and commitment to their national treasury, and kishu is one of them, which is why kishore is rarely exported.