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History The Kishu is a dog breed that originated from medium-sized dogs in Japan that were already existing during the ancient times. These were Spitz-type dogs that have been living in Japan more than 3,000 years ago. The Kishu is believed to have been developed from the "matagi" dogs that were prevalent in the mountains of Japan thousands of centuries ago. The breed was established in the mountainous areas of Kishu, which is how it had gotten its name.
Originally, the Kishu had a coat that came in a wide variety of colours such as sesame, red, and brindle. The white-coated dogs of this breed, though, seemed to possess superior qualities, and that's why this type was the one often used for breeding. Hunters also preferred using these white dogs because they were easier to spot. The white-coated dogs then became more and more common. By 1934, only solid colours were accepted for the breed, and by 1945, coats with spots were no longer allowed. Nowadays, the white-coated Kishu is common, although Kishus with other colours can still be found in Japan. Dogs of this breed are mostly used for hunting. This breed has been granted recognition by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.
Appearance Kishus are Spitz-type, medium-sized dogs that are muscular and well-developed. They have a broad forehead with a stop that is rather abrupt and has a slight furrow. The muzzle of these dogs is wedge-shaped, tapering, and fairly thick. They have a black or flesh-coloured nose. Their relatively small eyes are triangular in shape and are firmly pricked. These dogs have lips that are tight, and their strong teeth meet in a scissors bite. They have a straight and short back, and their chest is deep with moderately sprung ribs. They have straight forequarters that have well-developed muscles, and their hindquarters are strong and tough. Their tails is set high and are curled or curved similarly to a sickle over their back. These dogs have a straight and harsh outer coat and a dense and soft undercoat.
Colours The coat colour of these dogs is usually white. Some dogs of this breed are red or brindle, but the white-coated Kishus are more popular and they're the only ones allowed on the show ring.
Temperament Kishus are docile, faithful, and gentle. They are affectionate dogs that enjoy the companionship of their family. They can get along well with other dogs when raised with them from puppyhood. They also get along well with children that they've been raised with.
Weight Considered a medium-sized dog, the Kishu has a height that ranges from 17 to 22 inches, and a weight that falls between 30 and 60 pounds.
Problems Dogs of this breed have no known health problems. The ailments affecting Kishus are those common to other types of dogs as well.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. They should be provided with at least a large yard where they can run around and get some exercise.
Requirements These dogs will benefit much from exercise. Owners should take their Kishus out for long walks daily to satisfy their primal need for walking.
Training Requirements Dogs of this breed should undergo consistent and sensitive training. It's important for them to be socialized at an early age. Being highly intelligent dogs, Kishus are relatively easy to train.
Life Expectancy These dogs can live for around 11 to 13 years.
Grooming The coat of these dogs is fairly easy to groom and maintain. Owners just need to brush their dogs regularly to get rid of loose and dead hair.
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