Our Mission

Our Male Kai Ken

Tyson

Tyson is from our first round of Kai Ken imports (from Japan), he is Aigokai (KKA) registered, which means he is part of the Kai Ken Preservation Society in Japan. Tyson is a real treasure, he has a wonderful character and is very good looking. He does great with other dogs and welcomes family friends into his home, while being typically (for a Kai Ken) wary of strangers. Tyson has nice thick bones and a solid frame. He is a Kuro-Tora (Black Brindle) and is closer in type to a Shika Inu (Deer Dog) than Kona, which brings some nice diversity to our program. Tyson came to us from a Boar Hunter who uses his Kai Ken to hunt boar in the mountains of Yamanashi. Tyson is happily owned and loved by Dr. Dave Roberts in Raleigh, North Carolina where he is being groomed to be a top-rate bird hunter. We have high hopes for Tyson as we feel his workability and handsome physical traits can add a lot to the North American Kai Ken gene pool.

Why Tyson?

We think Tyson is a good fit for our preservation efforts because of his working temperament and ability to be trained, his very solid and muscular build, his thick bone, his high drive, and his nicely proportioned head. Click here to view Tyson's pedigree

Nio

Nio we feel he is a especially nice prospect. We brought Nio back with us from our first trip to Japan, he is Aigokai (KKA) registered, which means he is part of the Kai Ken Preservation Society in Japan. His name, Nio, is short for Niomon, the muscular guardians of Buddha. This name is very fitting for Nio as he is built like a brick and is an excellent watchdog. Nio is a Kuro-Tora (Black Brindle). The red in his brindle is a nice rich & deep red, which is very important when breeding KKA Kai Ken. Nio is a very kind and loving guy, he’s exceptionally sweet with his family and is a real "ladies man" around here. Nio and Ayu have a special bond. We feel Nio will be a great asset to our North American Kai Ken preservation efforts.

Why Nio?

We think Nio is a good fit for our preservation efforts because of his very solid and compact build, his great coat color, his loving temperament, his sporty stature, his very nice eye-set, his watchdog qualities, his conformation, and his head shape. Click here to view Nio's pedigree

Ritsu

We are proud to co-own Ritsu with Suteishii Kennels in Ohio. Ritsu was imported after our last trip to Japan, he is Aigokai (KKA) registered, which means he is part of the Kai Ken Preservation Society in Japan. During a visit to "Sai No Kuni Inoue So" we were able to meet him at just 4 weeks old! Ritsu's father is a very nice dog named Eishin who he shares with Ayu. Ritsu is named after the Ritsu school of Buddhism in Japan, we named him this because of his monk-like calmness and clear understanding of social rules with other dogs. Ritsu has a very friendly temperament, he loves to just lay around the house and get loved on. He’s the go-to snuggle buddy of several of the other Nihon Ken that share the house with him. Ritsu has a unique face, with a nice solid head, great eye-set, and good thick bone. He’s a leggier dog, and so he fits closer to the description of a Shika Inu (deer dog), which is nice to have in our preservation efforts as it provides some variety. We think Ritsu will grow to be a large Kai Ken with a solid structure and a goofy personality. His coat color is a rich dark black and deep red which is perfect for a KKA Kai Ken.

Why Ritsu?

We think Ritsu is a good fit for our preservation efforts because of his unique type, his thick tail, his nice bone structure, his solid and nicely shaped head, his friendly and goofy personality, his great coat color, and his very nice eye shape. Click here to view Ritsu's pedigree

Akashi

We are totally in love with Akashi's personality and very pleased to have him in our program. Akashi was imported after our last trip to Japan from Tenro Kensha. Akashi is Aigokai (KKA) registered, which means he is part of the Kai Ken Preservation Society in Japan. During a visit to "Sai No Kuni Inoue So" we were able to meet Akashi's sire, Wakahonjin, and was totally taken aback by his mellow and approachable demeanor. Then, while visiting Tenro Kensha, we were able to meet Akashi's dam, Sakura. Sakura had the same mellow personality qualities as Wakahonjin which we really liked. What really struck us as special with this paring was that, even with their very mellow and relaxed nature, they are both still top working prospects at their respective kennels. Sakura is a skilled hunter and is said to be able to take down a full-grown Japanese deer on her own, while Wakahonjin's progeny has gone on to do Search and Rescue work and pest control (Monkey, Raccoon, Bear) in remote parts of Japan. Akashi appears to have gotten this same temperament, he's very reserved and calm at home - not a quarrelsome or hyper dog at all - but get him in the woods and he is "in the zone" hunting for game. Akashi is a bit of a prankster too, he loves to steal items from us. This behavior has earned him the nickname "Mr. Fox" in reference to the movie "Fantastic Mr. Fox". Unlike his mother, Akashi is a large Kai Ken, so look for him to be matted with our smaller females like Ayu and Kumi. Akashi's coat color is a rich dark black and red, his coat is very thick too which is a quality a KKA Kai Ken should have and a quality Tenro Kensha prides themselves on producing. We couldn't be happier with with, he's a really wonderful Kai Ken.

Why Akashi?

We think Akashi is a good fit for our preservation efforts because of his balanced temperament, his thick long tail, his nicely shaped eyes, his nice ear-set, his quirky and calm personality, and his nice thick coat. Click here to view Akashi's pedigree