Kai Dog Pictures and Information

The Kai Dog is a medium-sized breed of dog. They stand between 18 to 25 inches in height and weigh between 35 to 50 pounds.


Kai Dog Description

They are a spitz breed of dog. They are similar in appearance to the Shiba Inu and the Akita. They are larger than Shiba Inus and smaller than Akitas. Their coats are medium in length. They are soft and shiny. Their coats are also brindle when they have reached maturity.  Kai Dogs are considered a rare breed. They were developed on the Island of Kai in Japan. They are used as hunting dogs. They were not recognized as a breed by Japan until 1934 and have never gained popularity.

They were once said to be too primitive to be a family pet but that is no longer believed to be true.

Kai Dog


Also Known As

  • Kai Inu
  • Kai Ken
  • Tora Dog

Country of Origin



Kai Dogs are a very strong-willed breed. They are protective and fiercely loyal. They form very close bonds with their owners and will only show affection to them. They are excellent watchdogs. They are not recommended for households with other pets but if socialized at a very early age they usually do well with them. They are best suited for households with older children as they are temperamental and easily annoyed. They are not to be trusted around smaller animals, ever. They have strong prey instincts and will kill a cat or hamster without thought. Kai Dogs are not aggressive unless they are protecting their family.

Health Problems

Kai Dogs are prone to hypothyroidism. They are, overall, a very healthy breed.  However, you should be aware that certain back problems have been associated with this breed.  The dog should be forbidden to jump on furniture or go up and down stairs more than a few times a day.


Kai Dogs are usually content with a long walk once a day. However, they do need a lot of space indoors. They need to have a territory in which they can protect. They have a very high prey drive and thus should always be kept on a leash when outdoors. Kai Dogs love spending time with their families and do not adapt well when they are not in sight of their owners. Competitive games are not recommended for Jindos as they may see it as a threat to their dominance.

Special Grooming Needs

Kai Dogs have heavy double coats that shed very heavily twice a year. They must have cared for a great deal during shedding months. Warm baths help aid in the shedding process. Daily brushing is necessary year-round.