Kishu Dog

Kishu

Loyal, Protective, Affectionate

The Kishu is a hunting dog that generally has a white coat with triangular ears and a short curled up tail.

Kishu Dog

Health

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Lifetime Care

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 17 – 22 inches

Weight

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  • 30 – 60 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 10 – 13 years

Health Risk

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Hypothyroidism

What is it?:

Hypothyroidism is a disease where the metabolic system slows down. It is inherited through genetics.

% of dogs affected

20%

Clinical signs

The clinical symptoms of this condition may include –

  • The dog may gain weight
  • Slowed down the heart rate
  • Shedding of hair, baldness
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Increased susceptibility and occurrence of skin and ear infections
  • Feels cold easily
  • Feels tired and does not feel like exercising

Treatment

Unfortunately, Hypothyroidism is not curable but can be treated. An oral thyroid replacement hormone is to be given to the dog. This treatment may be given to the dog for the rest of his life. The dose is to be given according to the weight of the dog. Blood tests must be conducted to check the levels. Periodically the dosage can be adjusted according to the needs of the dog.

Average Vet Bill

$500

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $450

80% = $400

70% = $350

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Entropion

What is it?:

In dogs, entropion occurs when their eyelids grow inward and rub against their corneas. It can affect the lower lid, upper lid or both. It is a condition that could be inherited or can happen at any other point in the dog’s lifespan.

% of dogs affected

12%

Clinical signs

The symptoms of the condition are as follows:

  • Redness in the eye
  • Keeping eyes shut
  • Discharge in the eye also known as mucus
  • Production of tears
  • Swelling in the eye
  • Scarring in the eyelid
  • Infectious disease

Treatment

Entropion can only be treated by surgery, the outer layer of the eyelid needs to be removed so that the eyelid can go back to its original state. In younger pups a procedure called eyelid tacking is performed. In this the excess part of the eyelid is tucked away with stitches so as to let their features develop. The complications which can be faced in the surgical process are

under-correction and over-correction. Under correction is when not enough eyelid rubbing the cornea. Over-correction is when additional eyelid skin is removed which causes discomfort while shutting the eyes.

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Active

The Kishu is an energetic dog and is a great hiking and walking companion. It is best for them to have active owners who can take them for their daily walks.

Friendly

The Kishu are friendly and affectionate with their own family. They may come off as aloof to strangers but they are loyal and obeying to their owners.

Dominant

The Kishu is a strong willed dog breed. They have strong prey instincts and are very alert.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

The Kishu has a double coat, with the undercoat being soft and thick while the outer coat is coarse.

Colors

The Kishu is generally white, sesame or red in color.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The Kishu has a short coat and generally does not shed much. They are easy to groom and do not need more than once a week brushing and occasional bathing.

Training

The Kishu are an intelligent breed and can be trained at an early age. They are people pleasing and love to learn new things.

The Kishu also known as Kishi ken has its origins in the Kishu region of Japan. They were hunting dogs found in the mountains. They are said to be the descendants of the wolf. They are actually not huge in size but are capable of hunting boars and deer. Outside of Japan, these dogs are a rare occurrence, they have also been declared a protected species.

Kishu: Introduction to the Breed

The Kishu Ken is docile, calm, and loving in nature.

Physical Characteristics:

  • Medium-sized
  • Energetic
  • Short coat
  • Erect ears
  • Muscular limbs

Kishu is best suited for pet owners:

  • Who have active lives
  • Who have older children
  • Who doesn’t want any other pets
  • Who likes to spend much time outdoors
  • Who have had pets before

Things to watch out before deciding to own a Kishu

  • Kishu is more comfortable in a house that has space for him to move around and exercise due to his size.
  • The Kishu is a very healthy breed with very few health risks.
  • Kishu is good with children but it’s necessary to set boundaries with them.
  • The Kishu is generally a docile breed but with other pets around they might get a little aggressive so it’s better to just have Kishu as your pet.
  • The Kishu Ken is actually a hunting dog used to hunt boars in Japan.

What should a Kishu eat?

The Kishu requires at least 2.5 cups of food per day to maintain their health. Some Kishu may need supplements for their thyroid regulation. They are also very energetic dogs that require a good balance of nutrients and vitamins to balance their diet.

Conclusion

The Kishu is counted as one of the national treasures of Japan as one of the rare breeds. They may be hunting dogs but they are also loyal, protective, and alert. If you are looking for an excellent guard dog they are the ones for you. They also have a beautiful coat which may look like it needs a lot of maintenance but it does not. Just like the Kai ken they are also very active and love to hike, climb and swim. So, if you are looking for someone who will push you to hike, then they are the one.

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