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- 17" - 22"
- 30-40 lbs.
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Kai Ken, Kai Dog, Kai Inu, Tora Inu
The Kai dog is from Japan.
Date Of Origin
This is an ancient breed.
The Kai is an ancient Japanese breed that was developed as a hunting dog on the island of Honshu in the province of Kai. There, it was used as a hunter of deer and boar. It was not recognized in Japan until 1934, where it became a national monument, although it is still quite rare.
The Kai is a sturdy, medium size dog that is similar looking to other Japanese spitz dogs. It has a broad, wedge shaped head; black nose; and small triangular dark brown eyes. The large prick ears are triangular and the tail curls over the back. It is double coated with a thick, soft undercoat and a harsh, straight outer coat. It can be black brindle, red brindle, or dark brindle. It sometimes has white on the legs, chest, and belly.
The Kai is a courageous hunter with a strong prey drive but gentle and devoted with its family. It?s wary of strangers but not aggressive and gets along well with other dogs. It is known for its ability to climb trees.
This breed is used as a hunter and companion. Sometimes it is used as a guard dog.
The Kai requires an experienced active owner in the suburbs or country.
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The Howell Book Of Dogs
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007
Author: Liz Palika
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000
Author: Bruce Fogle