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Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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Kishu Ken Puppies

Staci
Dec 10 ·

Have you been looking at Kishu Ken puppies and considering how great it would be to own one? These doggos are adorable, but there’s a lot to bear in mind when taking on any new pup. You should do your research on the breed.

Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about these pups.

Where to Get Kishu Ken Puppies

The most likely place to find a Kishu Ken is with a breeder. They’re rare in the US, so expect to pay quite a bit.

However, that doesn’t mean you should go with the cheapest breeder! If you’ve found a price that’s too good to be true, it probably is. Backyard breeders are notorious for breeding dogs that either aren’t purebred or aren’t healthy — or both! Aino…

When buying from a breeder, ensure the following green flags are present:

  • Health-tested parents
  • AKC papers
  • Spay/neuter contract
  • Doesn’t let puppy go home before eight weeks old
  • Open and transparent

You can also look in shelters but, due to the rarity and popularity of the Kishu Ken, it’s unlikely you’ll find one there.

The Cost

Due to the rarity of this pup, you’re looking at paying anywhere from $1200 to $2000.

Appearance

The Kishu Ken is a medium-sized, muscular dog. It has pricked ears, a curled tail, and comes in a variety of different colors: white, sesame, brindle, and red. Most people recognize the red version of the dog. Tsuki…

Temperament

The Kishu Ken has a great personality. They bond very well with their families and will be exceedingly loyal. They’re also pretty docile and don’t tend to show many signs of aggression, so they can get along well with everyone. They’re even good with small children!

It is important to note that to reach their full potential and be great dogs, they do need daily exercise and mental stimulation. You can achieve this with a walk every day and giving them enrichment like lick mats and puzzle toys. These dogs are very intelligent and also do well learning tricks, if you want to teach some impressive ones!

Kishu Ken Puppies Veterinary Needs

The Kishu Ken is a very healthy breed of dog. Some do have thyroid problems, they tend to be minor and it’s a low percentage. In comparison to other purebred dogs, their lines are pretty clean of health problems.

For the most part, you just need to focus on their routine health care for now, as there’s not much to worry about genetically speaking. Syuuma…

Firstly, you need to get them their puppy shots (if you get the dog as a puppy). This is a series of three or four that protects them from parvovirus, distemper, etc. Keep them away from other dogs and places others dogs have walked until they have them, as they can be picked up off the ground. At the end, they can get their rabies shot, which is mandatory in the USA.

They’ll usually need a preventative vet visit once a year where they’ll get their booster shots and be checked for parasites and other issues. You should also give them monthly flea and heartworm prevention meds. Your vet will be able to advise you on what medicine is best for them.

Diet

You may wonder if dry food (kibble) or raw food is better for your dog.

Kibble is the less messy option and usually the cheapest too. Although some will say raw food is healthier, kibble can be perfectly healthy if you pick a good brand. It’s true that many brands are full of more fillers than nutrients, and this can be detrimental over time to the health of your dog. However, if you do your research and ask your vet’s advice, you’ll find that your dog can do great on this food. Your vet will have a good idea of what brand is best for your dog personally. Sargos…

Raw food is also fine, but you should ask the advice of an expert or have a dog nutritionist prepare the meals. Many subscription services will do this. It’s expensive, but your dog has complex dietary needs — they’re omnivores! You can’t just give them any old raw meat and be done.

Unless absolutely vital, you should avoid grain-free food, which has been linked to heart disease in dogs over time.

Grooming

You’ll have to brush your Kishu Ken roughly once a week, which isn’t too bad. Be sure to keep up with this to prevent matting, which can be expensive to get out, may require a shave, and can even be painful for your pup.

Make sure you clean their ears and teeth regularly too.

The main last thing you need to remember is nail care. Trim or file their nails often (how often depends on the dog, but usually every six to eight weeks). Some dogs hate this process, but that’s okay! Have patience and plenty of high-value treats on hand (cheese works great) to get them accustomed to the process.

Kishu Ken Puppies – Photos

Aino…

Sargos…

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Ume…

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Rafe…

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Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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