Original Name : Kai Ken
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Kai Tora, Ken
Male size : 21 inches
Female size : 19 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Japan
Kai Kens are keen, highly alert hunting and companion dogs. Medium-sized, well proportioned, robustly built and very muscular, Kai Kens share the characteristics of other dogs living in the mountainous regions of Japan: strong legs and especially well developed hocks.
Broad forehead and abrupt stop, with slight furrow.
Well defined withers, straight, short back, broad, muscular loins.
Black brindle, red brindle or brindle.
A little larger than those of other Japanese breeds.
Set high, thick, vigorously rolled or carried over the back like a sickle.
Coarse, straight topcoat, soft, dense undercoat.
Kai Kens are descended from medium-sized dogs that used to be found in Japan. They were established around the city of Kai in the Yamanashi prefecture, a mountainous region. They were used to hunt wild boar and deer. 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.