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Kai Facts

  • Group
  • Other Breed Classes
  • Affiliations
  • UKC
  • Height
  • 17" - 22"
  • Weight
  • 30-40 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black / Brindle
    • Brindle
    • Red-Brindle
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Hunting heritage
    • Ok outdoors
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

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.

Health Concerns

none known

Additional Information

The Kai requires an experienced active owner in the suburbs or country.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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