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The Kishu, a very beautiful Spitz type dog

The Spitz breeds are certainly among those that come in a maximum of varieties. In this large family, the Kishu is perhaps one of the least known, but it has the merit of being one of the most beautiful. Get to know this breed that comes straight from the land of the rising sun.

Characteristics of the Kishu

The Kishu is distinguished by its beautiful, supple and athletic appearance. Of medium size, it has a developed bone structure and a muscular body. Behind an expression of elegance and nobility lies a formidable hunting dog. The animal measures approximately 46 cm if it is a female and 52 cm if it is a male for a weight approaching 19 to 25 kg. Like all Spitzes, the Kishu is recognizable by its wedge-shaped muzzle that tapers. The skull is accompanied by a slightly marked stop. Tight lips, strong jaws, a black nose and developed cheeks distinguish its face. The dog also has small eyes resembling triangles and which display a dark brown color. The ears, which go slightly forward, are also triangular, small and always erect on the head. This dog has a short, straight coat. The coat is sesame, white or red. Another of its specificities concerns its sickle tail curled on the back.

History of the Kishu breed

The Kishu comes to us straight from Japan, more precisely from the eponymous mountainous region which was formerly known as the province of Kii. Not much is known about this breed. We only know that it is ancient and that it was used to hunt deer and later, wild boar. In the 1930s, animals with a sesame or red coat were less popular than those with a uniform coat, which almost led to the disappearance of these specimens. The Kishu is generally not well known outside of Japan. In his country, however, he is a real star since he was even awarded the title of "National Monument" in 1934. The recognition by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) dates from 1982.

Living conditions and behavior of the Kishu

The Kishu is an animal with many qualities. It can be counted on in hunting activities thanks to its courage, its seriousness and its endurance. The same goes for the home. Because the Kishu also makes an excellent pet. It is affectionate without being clingy, thoughtful, composed and intelligent. It is an independent breed without being detached from its owners. Because of this character, it supports very well the solitude. On the other hand, the Kishu is not the best of alarm dogs, as it only barks occasionally. Fortunately, its distrust of strangers makes it a good watchdog.

Kishu's diet and major health problems

Being a primitive breed, the Kishu is fortunate to develop good stamina and strength. No genetic pathology is to be declared for this breed. It also does not need any special diet.