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History The Kai Dog is a descendant of extinct Japanese breeds. This breed was named after the place where it was developed, which is the Kai district. Due to the mountains surrounding this breed's homeland, dogs of this breed became geographically isolated. These dogs have been bred to be hunters of deer and boar. In 1934, the Kai Dog was granted recognition in Japan as a "Natural Monument".
Due to the legendary courage of these dogs, they were thought of as being too primitive to be family pets. This myth has long been proven wrong, though, and in the United States, the Kai makes a very loyal and gentle family companion. In 1996, this breed was granted recognition by the United Kennel Club.
Appearance Kai Dogs are medium-sized, Spitz-type dogs that have a sturdy build. Their head is wedge-shaped, and they have a slightly broad skull that is almost flat. The muzzle of these dogs is moderately thick, and their nasal bridge is straight. The lips of these dogs are tightly closed and black in colour, while their complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meet in either a level or a scissors bite. These dogs have a black nose and their eyes are small and dark brown in colour. They have strongly erect ears that are triangular in shape and have slightly rounded tips. The neck of these dogs is muscular, thick and is of moderate length. They have forelegs that are muscular and straight, and slightly sloping, moderately short pasterns. The feet of these dogs are medium-sized, round in shape and have strong, thick pads. The dewclaws of these dogs can be removed.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include red brindle, black brindle or brindle. These dogs, however, are born with a solid colour.
Temperament Kai Dogs are courageous hunters, but they are loyal and gentle with their family. These dogs are wary of strangers, although they are not aggressive. Because Kai Dogs are not friendly to everyone, inexperienced dog owners may find it challenging to train these dogs. Kai Dogs often form a strong bond with a certain family member. They can also get along well with other pets that they are raised with.
Weight Male dogs of this breed have a height of around 18 to 22 inches while females have a height of 17 to 20 inches. Their weight ranges from 25 to 55 pounds.
Problems No specific health problems are tied to this breed. Kai Dogs can be afflicted with ailments, but these ailments are also common to other dog breeds.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. They should be provided with enough space to run around and play. It's best for these dogs to live in rural areas.
Requirements Like other dog breeds, Kai Dogs need to be taken out for walks daily to satisfy their primal instinct for walking. It's also important for these dogs to be given the chance to run around and play in a large, secure area. When taken outside, they should be leashed because of their strong prey drive.
Training Requirements Owners of these dogs should make sure that these dogs are socialized properly at a young age. It's also important for owners to know how to display strong leadership skills and to teach these dogs that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. Otherwise, these dogs may develop behavior problems.
Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 12 to 15 years.
Grooming The coat of these dogs should be brushed once a week. Bathing and dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary.
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