Working Group – AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS)

Photo courtesy of  Kishu Kennel of Mogki©

The Kishu is historically a large game hunting dog and is designated a National Treasure in Japan.  Today, now that large game hunting is disappearing, the Kishu is becoming more and more a family dog.  It gets along well with children who will not tease it.  However, its hunting instincts are still strong and it retains a “high prey” drive.  It should be raised as a puppy with other family pets to help guarentee a peaceful household.  It is a clean dog, calm and quite.  It is usually wary of strangers and makes a good guard dog.  The Kishu is a headstrong breed that requires training and socialization from an early age.  They are better suited for a rural life rather than urban, and its best if they had a large, fenced yard to run and “hunt”.  Regular daily walks on a leash are required if the dog cannot exercise in the yard.  Don’t be surprised to find them in a tree.

Average Height(“‘s)
Average Weight (#’s)
Notes for owners
The height and weight are given from the lowest for a female to the highest for a male.
Harsh and straight Weekly brushing Needs a stong, experienced Alpha companion.

Relevant Web Sites


AKC Breed Profile

American Kishu Registry, P. O. Box 778, Rockport, TX 78381, (361) 758-2223

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