So you think a Kai Ken is the right dog for you??
Let us tell you some of the unique characteristics of this breed that make them a truly special dog.
Because of the Kai's primitive nature and wild origins, it is important that the Kai be well socialized, starting at birth, with the breeder handling the newborns and exposing them to new sounds, sights, and people.
It is of UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT THE NEW OWNER CONTINUE this socialization from the time the Kai comes home as a baby puppy well into adult hood, taking him to training classes and anywhere else possible to expose him to different people, places and situations to have a happy well adjusted pet that is not fearful and timid.
The Kai is a natural hunter and some Kais have been known to swim or climb trees in pursuit of their prey. Given a chance they will take off in search of game. It is advisable to never trust your Kai off lead unless in a fenced yard.
Kais are highly intelligent so they will need firm training by a loving hand. Kais are extremely devoted to their family and require a fair amount of love and attention from their owner in order to be happy and they will do best kept as inside house dogs. They are a double coated breed that sheds once or twice a year.
If all this hasn't discouraged you, then maybe, this is the dog for you.
• The Kai is a relatively healthy, athletic, and sturdy breed. Their life span is anywhere from 12 to 15+ years.
• They are a very comfortable size at 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder and weighing about 30 to 40 lb.
• They housebreak very easy, usually in just days.
• While Kais may be reserved with strangers, they are very loyal and devoted to their family and generally LOVE kids. Kais are usually very good with children, although it is important to teach children not to tease and torment the dog. NEVER leave a young child unattended with ANY dog, no matter what the breed, for the dog's safety as well as the child's.
• If raised with other pets they usually get along with them well. Since they are intelligent, occasionally they can be seen playing "mind games" with smaller pets, i.e.. "The Stare".
• Kais are great watch dogs and can often be found perched on high objects such as the back of the couch, picnic tables etc., in order to keep an eye on things.
• Kais are very intelligent, proud, dignified, and fairly easy to train, responding best to positive training methods.
• Care should be taken to keep the Kai on leash, unless very well trained, or they will be off on the big hunt.
• Kais can make great apartment dogs as long as the owner allows time for some walks and romps in the park.
• Kais are very clean, having very little oder and only need light brushing and an occasional bath.
One more thing you MUST know about the Kai - they are habit forming and most people can't stop with just one. There is no known cure.
This text is from the homepage of North American Kai Association.