The history of the relationship between dogs and humans is long, and they and are the most human-friendly partners. They are very cute, smart, and helpful. We have been hunting and guarding with dogs for centuries. Today, in addition to being used as police dogs and guide dogs, they also stay close to us as pets.
This time, I would like to introduce you to “Kai-ken” a kind of Japanese dog breed.
In recent years, Japanese dogs have become popular not only in Japan but also overseas. In 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin received an Akita dog as a gift, and many foreign celebrities own Japanese dogs.
By the way, what kind of dog comes to your mind when you hear the word “Japanese dog”? Shiba dog? Or Akita dog? Yes, they are indeed popular and famous. And very cute. However, there are many more breeds of Japanese dogs. According to the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Dogs, there are six types of Japanese dogs: Akita, Kai, Kishu, Shiba, Shikoku, and Hokkaido, all of which are designated as national natural treasures.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Kai dog (In Japanese, it is written “甲斐犬” and pronounced “kaiken”), a type of Japanese dog. “Kai” is the old name of a place in Yamanashi, Japan. They are medium-sized dogs that weigh between 12 and 18 kilograms. Their fur comes in three different colors: black tiger hair, medium tiger hair, and red tiger hair. They were hunting dogs used to hunt animals such as wild boar, antelope and pheasant. Because they were hunted in the mountains, they have excellent leaping ability. In general, Kai dogs are said to have a rough temperament and do not take to anyone but their owners. They are loyal to their owners and are like samurai.
I have one Kai dog. His name is Ray, he is a 9 year old male with a black tiger coat. I said earlier that Kai dogs have a rough temperament. Is this also true for Ray? No, not at all. He is very friendly and loves people.
Here are a few of his favorite things to do. The first is to play. If you bring him his favorite toy, he will invite you to play with him. He also loves to play outside and enjoys running around in the dog run. Secondly, to sleep. He always finds his favorite places to sleep, and he always looks comfortable. And finally, to eat. He usually eats dog food, but sometimes he gets meat or fish as a treat. He loves it.
Finally, let’s take a look at how to keep a Kai dog. Kai dogs are stronger than other breeds and do not get sick as often. Therefore, they are easy to take care of. However, since they are physically strong and have a lot of stamina, it is necessary to give them plenty of walks. When you have time, such as on holidays, you can take them to a dog run. The contact with other dogs and their owners will make them more friendly and calm. Feed your dog several times a day with a food appropriate for his age and weight. It is effective to practice discipline such as “sit” and “down” before feeding. And the most important thing is to love your dog. If the owner loves the dog, the dog will love the owner and they will be able to live together.