By Veronica Hill
Daily Press

Thousands of years ago,
the Japanese decided to
create the perfect dog.
He would be pure white.
He would be born virtually housebroken.
He would be an excellent hunter.
He would be faithful,
intelligent and extremely clean.
He would be named Kishu Ken. ("ken" means "dog" in Japanese}.
Kishu Ken champion Dairyu Go Toyohashi Fujiwara Kensha
                                           Photo by Mitchell Photography
Kishu Ken Breeder Carleen Newman accepts the award as Champion Dairyu Go Toyohashi Fujiwara Kensha is named the first Kishu Ken Champion in the United States by the American Rare Breed Association.
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The Kishu Ken is an ancient Japanese breed dating back before recorded history, and it predates both the Akita and the Shiba. It is a mid-sized dog of classic Japanese type. It is said the Japanese wished to create the perfect dog and the Kishu Ken was the result... pure white in color and extremely clean, highly intelligent, loyal, faithful, and an excellent hunter.

The Kishu Ken is a hunting dog, originally bred to hunt boar and deer. They have become home companions now that hunting for food is no longer necessary, but the hunting instinct is still very strong in the breed. They have a high prey drive and should be raised from puppies with any other animals in the home, such as cats or smaller dogs.
Kishus need a yard to "hunt" in. They do not do well in a kennel environment.
The breed has it's origins in the mountainous Wakayama region of Japan. The Kishu is a very athletic, muscular dog that has become highly popular as a family pet. Like the Japanese philosophers of old, the Kishu is pensive and silent.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT:
In 1934, the Kishu Ken was designated a protected Japanese national monument.

Kishus are very playful - Granddad (9 yrs) plays with grandson (4 months)

Kishus are very loving and affectionate with their
families and need to be included in activities. They are
great with kids if raised with them. They are often aloof with strangers.


CLUBS:
American Kishu Registry
PO Box 778
Rockport, TX 78381
(361) 226-4014

Litters of one are not unusual. Puppies resemble baby polar bears.



THE KISHU KEN IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED RARE BREED LISTED IN THE FOUNDATION STOCK REGISTRY OF THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB.