Akita Inu

Akita Inu

The Akita Inu is the largest of the Nihon Ken. The breed originates from the Akita Prefecture of Honshū, where it was originally used in hunting large game, such as bears. The breed also saw use in dog fighting rings…

Hokkaido Ken

Hokkaido Ken

The Hokkaido Ken is a member of the medium sized Nihon Ken with its origins lying with the Ainu of Tōhoku, Honshū. The breed accompanied the Ainu people when travelling from Honshū to Hokkaido, from which the breed took its…

Kai Ken

Kai Ken

The Kai Ken is a member of the medium sized Nihon Ken originating from the Yamanashi Prefecture, originally known as the Kai Province. They were recognised as a National Treasure in 1933, and are considered a rare breed even in…

Kishu Ken

Kishu Ken

The Kishu Ken is one of the medium sized Nihon Ken, originating from the Mie and Wakayama prefectures, formerly known as the Kishu region. The breed was declared a National Treasure in 1934. Kishu were bred as a hunting dog,…

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the Nihon Ken. While originally used in the hunting of small game, the Shiba has since become a popular pet, and is the most well-known of the Nihon Ken. Recently, the Shiba has…

Shikoku Ken

Shikoku Ken

The Shikoku Ken is a medium sized dog in the Nihon Ken family, originating from the Kochi prefecture of Shikoku. It is considered to be the rarest of the Nihon Ken, and was recognised as a National Treasure in 1937.…