Breeds of dogs: Kai Dog

Breeds of dogs: Kai Dog

Origin, classification and history

Origin: Japan.
F.C.I classification: Group 5 - spitz and primitive type dogs.

The Kai Dog is descended from medium-sized dogs that have existed for a long time in Japan. Its area of ‚Äč‚Äčorigin is in the district of Kai, Yamanashi prefecture, a region surrounded by mountains. This breed, to which the name of Kai toraken was also attributed, was declared, in the year 1934, "national monument". In the past the breed was mainly used for hunting deer and wild boar. It is assumed that the pronounced tendency to go molting has contributed to safeguarding the purity of the breed.

General aspect

Medium sized dog. It is a very well proportioned dog, with a robust constitution and strong musculature. This breed has the typical characteristics of a dog that lives in the mountainous region of Japan.


The breed today is considered almost exclusively a companion dog. At least in Europe it is not used for hunting. In Japan it is still used for its original use. This dog always remains a very appreciable dog from a character point of view because of his docility and intelligence. He is very faithful and cheerful. It is a dog that expresses cheerfulness. Very nice both in appearance and for his behavior. Excellent companion dog for the whole family. He has no major health problems. It lends itself well to live in the home or apartment even if you prefer the outdoors.

Kai Dog (photo

Kai Dog

Kai Dog (photo


- males 53 cm at the withers
- females 48 cm at the withers.
(tolerance of 3 cm more or less).

Trunk: of the right length, of the right proportion. Straight backbone. Chest fairly descended. Coasts quite well circled.
Head and muzzle: with sufficiently wide skull. Pointed muzzle. Muzzle of right relationship with respect to the skull and the totality of the head. Tense lips. Jaws strong enough.
Truffle: black in color. In the same line as the nasal bridge.
Teeth: complete dentition in development and number.
Neck: quite robust and with good gluing.
Ears: are slightly larger than those of other Japanese breed dogs; medium sized, triangular, they are slightly inclined towards the front, always straight.
Eyes: relatively small, they have an almost triangular shape. The color is dark brown.
Limbs: vigorous limbs and particularly developed hocks.
Shoulder: with good inclination.
Pace: rhythmic and casual.
Musculature: good development.
Tail: it is attached high, thick, strongly rolled or carried folded on the back in the shape of a sickle. When lowered, the end reaches the tip of the hock.
Hair: the covering one is rough and straight, the undercoat is soft and dense. The hair of the tail is rather long and open.
Allowed colors: neo striped, red striped or striped.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, incorrect gait, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, badly worn ears, long and / or badly worn tail, depigmented truffle, atypical head, clear eyes, underdeveloped hocks, excessive or insufficient angles, insulated back, colors not allowed by the standard, measures out of standard, too shy character.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: Alaskan Klee Kai. 99+1 Dog Breeds (September 2021).