|United Kennel Club|
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
CLASSIFICATION: Northern Breed
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Kishu is descended from the medium sized dogs that existed in Japan in ancient times. It became established as an individual breed in the mountainous regions of Kishu, and takes its name from the region in which it was developed. Originally, the breed was found in varying colorations, but after 1934 only solid colors were accepted. The Kishu is a hunting dog, used mainly on wild boar. The Kishu was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: The Kishu is a medium sized, well-balanced, compact and muscular breed with prick ears and a curled or sickle tail. The breed gives the appearance of being capable of great endurance. Males are distinctly masculine and females feminine.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: A noble and dignified breed, the Kishu is faithful, docile and alert.
Skull: The forehead is broad. There is an abrupt stop, with a slight furrow. The cheeks are relatively well developed.
Nose: Generally black, but flesh colored is accepted in white dogs.
Muzzle: The muzzle is wedge shaped, fairly thick, tapering but not pointed. The nasal bridge is straight and the lips are tight.
Jaws/Teeth: The Kishu has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Eyes: Fairly small and nearly triangular in shape, the eyes are set well apart and are dark in color.
Ears: Small, triangular in shape, firmly pricked, and inclined slightly forward.
NECK: Thick and muscular.
BODY: In proportion, the Kishu is slightly longer than tall, measured from the breastbone to the point of buttocks and the withers to the ground. The chest is deep, and the ribs are moderately sprung. The withers are high, and the back is short and straight. The loin is broad and muscular, and the belly is well tucked up.
TAIL: The tail is thick, set on high, and carried curled or curved like a sickle over the back. Pulled down, the tail is nearly long enough to reach to the hock joint.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulders are moderately sloping and well muscled. Angulation between the shoulder blade and upper arm is moderate.
FORELEGS: The forelegs are straight, with the elbows held close to the body, and the pasterns slightly inclined. Bone is strong.
FEET: The toes are close and well arched. The pads are thick and elastic. The nails are hard, and preferably dark in color.
HINDQUARTERS: The upper thighs are long, and the lower thighs are short. The hocks are tough and strong.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Light and resilient.
HAIR: Double, with a harsh, straight outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat. The hair on the cheeks and the tail is fairly long.
COLOUR: Red, white and sesame (red hairs with black tips).
Height at withers: Height at the withers for males is 20.5 inches. For females, it is 18 inches. There is a tolerance of one inch in either direction in both sexes.
Appearance: Lack of secondary sex characteristics.
Coat: Distinctly long coat.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Extremely overshot or undershot bite. Ears not pricked. Short or hanging tail.
Teeth: Extremely overshot or undershot bite.
Ears: Ears not pricked.
Tail: Short or hanging tail.