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The Kishu Inu is a sturdy and compact, but well-proportioned, medium-sized dog. With good bone, it is recognizable by its erect ears and its curled or sickle tail. The Kishu Inu displays an expression of nobility and elegance.



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Hair type Short
Origin Japan
Template Average
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 25 kg From 43 cm to 49 cm
Male From 19 kg to 25 kg From 49 cm to 55 cm
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History of the breed

Kishu Pictures

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Physical features

His coat : rough, straight, almost level, associated with a soft and dense undercoat. More full on the cheeks and tail.
Its color: white, sesame (red-fawn hairs with black tips) or red.
His head: the forehead is broad, the stop rather marked with a slight frontal furrow, the black nose (flesh color tolerated in white-coated dogs), the thick muzzle, the tight lips, the strong jaws and articulated in scissors, the well developed cheeks.
His ears: small, triangular in shape, well erected, while being slightly tilted forward.
His eyes: small, almost triangular, dark brown in color.
His body: the neck is thick and muscular, the withers well extended, the back straight and short, the kidney broad and muscular, the chest well let down and the belly well pulled up.
Its tail: strong, set high, carried on the back in a sickle or rolled up. Lowered, its end approaches the hock.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Kishu Inu is a dog that is at the same time alert, energetic, docile and calm , even when hunting. Enduring and resistant , it is used to hunt wild boar and deer. But the Kishu Inu is also very popular as a companion dog. Attentive, faithful, loyal and very attached to his master, he is pleasant to live with and to be around.

The education of the Kishu Inu must be both strict and gentle , without balance of power . It should be started from an early age, just like its socialization.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Kishu Inu can adapt to living in an apartment if he benefits from his 3 to 4 outings per day. He will nevertheless prefer life in the open air , in a large fenced outdoor space where he can remain active.


Ease of gaining weight

Being a robust and resistant dog, the Kishu Inu does not fear much health side if it benefits from favorable living conditions. A few cases of occasional hypothyroidism have been observed, but this disease is not fatal and can be combated with daily treatment. The risk of entropion is also not to be ruled out in the Kishu Inu: it is an eye condition characterized by the turning of the eyelid towards the inside of the eye, causing the eyelashes to irritate the cornea. .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Kishu dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Kishu is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Kishu Inu moults twice a year and then experiences fairly significant hair loss . In terms of food, Kishu Inu is not a big foodie : its rations are quite small compared to its size.

He needs several daily outings to exercise. He must remain active and stimulated to remain balanced both physically and mentally.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly throughout the year , then daily during the moulting period. His nails are to be cut regularly. It can be washed if it is too dirty.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 2,500
3000 €

The purchase price of a Kishu is between € 2,500 and € 3,000.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Kishu is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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