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Did You Know?

The Kai Ken has been assigned the Working Group designation.

The Japanese describe the Kai Ken as a trustworthy guardian and extremely devoted to his master.

The Kai Ken is also known as the Tora Dog.

From the July 2009 Board Meeting - The Kai Ken was approved to compete in AKC Companion Events effective January 1, 2010.

The Kai Ken was not recognized in Japan until 1931 and is still very rare. The Kai was designated a "Natural Treasure" in Japan in 1934 and is protected by law.

Kais were first imported into the United States in the early 1990's.

Puppies are born black and fuzzy and develop their brindle markings as they grow and will continue to brindle up to 5 years.

The Kai has been given the nickname of "Tora" dog, meaning tiger in Japanese because of the brindle color. The purpose of the distinct coloring and brindle pattern of the Kai Ken is to...

The Kai is an excellent swimmer and climber and have been known to climb trees and swim rivers in pursuit of game.

The Kai Ken has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since 1997.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Brindle 008
Gray Brindle 107
Red Brindle 148


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code