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Kishu

The Kishu is a Japanese hunting breed which has been developed over thousands of years. The breed appears similar to the Akita and Shiba Inu; however the Kishu was bred prior to either. The breed was bred by the Japanese to hunt boar and deer, and their quiet, stalking manner makes it perfect for chasing its prey. Export of the breed from Japan is restricted; there are only two breeders of the Kishu outside its natural territory, one in Europe and one in Texas.

The Kishu weighs 30 to 60 pounds and stands 17 to 22 inches tall. The coat of the breed is short, straight and coarse. It is typically white, but it can sometimes be brindle or red. The tail of the Kishu curls over the back with hanging fringe, much like a spitz type dog. Its ears are small and point forward.

The Kishu is a friendly breed, but it is tough and agile as well, making it an excellent hunting companion.

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