Near canine perfection
Original Name : Kishu
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Kishu, ken
Male size : 20½ inches
Female size : 18 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Japan
Kishus are medium-sized, well proportioned, very muscular dogs of remarkable stamina. These noble, dignified, natural dogs are loyal, docile and very alert. They carry their ears pricked and their tail rolled or sickle-shaped. Compact, robust and well-boned.
Broad forehead and abrupt stop, with slight furrow.
Well defined withers, straight, short back, broad, muscular loins.
White, red and sesame (red fawn with block tips).
Small, triangular, inclining forward slightly and firmly pricked.
Set high, thick, vigorously rolled or carried over the back like a sickle.
Coarse, straight topcoat, soft, dense undercoat.
Kishus are descended from medium-sized dogs that used to be found in Japan. They were established in the mountainous regions of Kishu, straddling the Wakayama and Mie prefectures. Originally, their coats were often marked with conspicuous red, sesame or brindle markings, but since 1934 only solid colors have been acceptable in new generations.