Kai Ken breed standard allows for four colors-black brindle, red brindle, brindle and solid white.
There are three coat colors in Kai Ken: Black Brindle (Kuro-Tora), Brindle (Chu-Tora), and Red Brindle (Aka-Tora) White is NOT a standard Kai Ken color.
Although a relatively health breed, seizures have been noted in quite a few Kai Ken.
Seizures have been noted in quite a few Kai Ken. Unfortunately the cause(s) are largely unknown in some cases. A couple were known to have liver shunts and a few others were diagnosed as the result of ‘auto immune mediated encephalitis’ (diagnosed via MRI and spinal tap). Some symptoms of seizures are: drooling, stiffening, jerking or twitching of muscles, collapsing, becoming un-reactive or unaware of their situation/environment, and foaming. Some Kai Ken that have been diagnosed with seizures have been medicated successfully, others have experienced relapse. - Kai Ken Club of America
The Kai Ken are one of the few dog breeds that can/will climb trees.
The Kai Ken is considered the purest and most ancient of all dog breeds in Japan.
Experts believe that this is the purest and most ancient of all dog breeds in Japan. Tora Inu is the descendant of ancient Japanese dogs that were brought to Kai by the Jōmon or Yayoi peoples around 12.000 BC. source: primitivedogs.com/kai-ken-dog-info-characteristics/?cn-reloaded=1
Kai Ken are known as poor swimmers.
Kai Ken are generally known as excellent swimmers and would often swim after their prey.
Kai Ken are a larger breed with females weighing up to 80 pounds and males often over 100 pounds.
The male Kai Ken tends to be larger than the female, standing around 20 to 22 inches and weighing in between 35 and 45 pounds, while the female hovers around 17 to 19 inches and weighs between 25 and 35 pounds. - dogtime
The Kai Ken got it's name from the province in Japan where the breed originated.
Kai refers to Kai province, which was a rather mountainous place that is situated in what is now Yamanashi Prefecture.
The Kai Ken is sometimes called the Tora Inu-which means tiger dog.
The Kai Ken was bred as a herding dog.
The Kai Ken was bred for hunting. Primarily, Kai Kens were famous for hunting Japanese ungulates, but their toughness can be seen in how they were sometimes expected to take on boars and bears-puppytoob.com/kai-ken/
Allergies are one of the most common health issues in Kai Ken.
Allergies is one of the most common health issues in Kai Ken. Most allergy concerns in Kai Ken are food related and quite easy to get under control. Protein sensitivity towards chicken and turkey seems to be more common than grain allergies. Common signs of allergies are: itchy, red, or flakey skin, excessive scratching or biting their paws, legs, and tail, hot spots, and fur loss. - Kai Ken Club of America
There are two different lines of the Kai Ken. The stocky, muscular Shishi-Inu-Gata and the taller, fox-like Shika-Inu-Gata.
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