Basics of Dog Breed: Kishu

Posted on April 18 2019

Basics of Dog Breed: Kishu-WOPET

Race history

Kishu Inu originates from the mountainous areas of Kishu , straddling the current prefectures of Wakayama and Mie. By the mid-1930s, single-colored dresses were favored over those with red or sesame dresses, so that they became much rarer. Specialized, in the past, in the deer hunt , he is especially used nowadays to hunt wild boar and as a pet dog. The breed was declared "Natural Monument" in 1934. It was definitively recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale on February 1st, 1982.

Physical characteristics

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

Its hair : rough, straight, almost flush, associated with a soft and dense undercoat. More provided on the cheeks and tail.
Its color: white, sesame (red-tawny hairs with black tips) or red.
Its head: the forehead is wide, the stop rather marked with a slight frontal furrow, the black truffle (flesh color tolerated in dogs with white dress), the thick muzzle, the tight lips, the jaws strong and articulated in scissors, the cheeks well developed.
Its ears: small, triangular in shape, well erect, while being slightly inclined forward.
Its eyes: small, almost triangular, dark brown in color.
Its body:  the neck is thick and muscular, the withers well out, the back straight and short, the kidney broad and muscular, the chest well down and the belly well back.
Its tail: strong, tied high, carried on his back in sickle or rolled up. Lowered, its end is close to the hock.

Behavior with others

The Kishu Inu is a dog at once awake, energetic, docile and calm , even in hunting action. Enduring and resistant , it is used to hunt wild boar and deer. But Kishu Inu is also very popular as a pet dog. Attentive, faithful, loyal and very attached to his master, he is pleasant to live and to rub shoulders with.

Education ...

The education of Kishu Inu must be both strict and gentle , without any balance of power . It is to begin at a young age, as well as its socialization.

Living conditions

Kishu Inu can adapt to living in an apartment if it benefits from 3 to 4 trips per day. He will however prefer life in the open air , in a large fenced outdoor area where he can stay active.


Being a robust and resistant dog, the Kishu Inu does not fear much health side if it enjoys favorable living conditions. Some cases of occasional hypothyroidism have been observed, but this disease is not life-threatening and can be fought with daily treatment. The risk of entropion is not to be discarded in Kishu Inu: it is an eye condition characterized by the turning of the eyelid towards the interior of the eye, causing eyelashes to irritate the cornea.

Maintenance and hygiene

The Kishu Inu moults twice a year and then has quite significant hair loss . On the diet side, Kishu Inu is not a big gourmand : its rations are quite small compared to its size.

Outings ...

He needs several daily outings to get busy. He must remain active and stimulated to remain balanced on both physical and mental levels.

Hygiene ...

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

Price and budget

The purchase price of a Kishu is between 2500€ and 3000€.

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