Breed Organization American Kishu Registry Website:http://www.akc.org Native Country Japan Other Names Kishu Ken, Kishu Inu Life Expectancy Approximately 11-13 Years Litter Size Average 3 Puppies Breed Group AKC-FSS
Breed Appearance The coat color is generally white but the Kishu has a wide variety of coat colors. Today's standards only permit solid colored dogs to be shown. Acceptable
show colors are generally white, red, or sesame. There is no officially preferred color in Japan. The nose color is primarily black, but with the white coat the nose can be
brownish or pink in color. The bite is either scissor or a level bite. The tail is either carried in a sickle or curled over the back like that of an Akita or Shiba Inu. The
coat is short, straight, and coarse with a thick undercoat. There is fringe on the cheeks and tail. The ears incline forward and are smaller rather than larger.
Breed Description Head: Broad forehead. Rather abrupt stop. Straight nose bridge. Thick, wedge-shaped muzzle. Black nose (flesh color in
whites). Tight lips. Ears: Small, triangular, slightly inclining forward and firmly pricked. Eyes: Small, slightly triangular, wide set. Dark brown color. Body: Compact. Thick, muscular neck. Pronounced withers. Deep chest. Belly well tucked up. Broad, muscular loin. Straight,
short back. Tail: Set high. Thick. Carried tightly curled or curved over the back in the shape of a sickle. Hair: Short, harsh, straight. Slightly longer on the cheeks and tail. Soft, compact undercoat. Coat: White, red, or brindle Size: 17 to 22 inches Weight: 35 lbs to 55 lbs (females usually being the lighter, but not always).
History Kishu were originally established for hunting wild boar and deer in mountainous Wakayama prefecture. The original breed comprised mostly colored
individuals. Approximately 70% of the breed was said to be non-white before the popularity of a primarily white line of Kishu spiked creating the primarily white
breed of today.[
Behavior The Kishu has remarkable endurance. This alert dog is docile, calm, affectionate, and gentle.
Health The only known health problems with the Kishu are occasional Hypothyroidism (low thyroid), which is not uncommon among the Japanese breeds,
and affects perhaps one in ten dogs. It is not life-threatening and treatment is a thyroid pill daily for the optimum health of the dog, as with humans.
Advice The Kishu requires considerable space and exercise. Regular brushing is necessary.