Aggression?
  • Are kai ken dog aggressive and also are they stranger aggressive I would like to known because i can handle stranger aggression but dog aggression is for me a bit harder to handle.

    Thanks
  • Kai Ken are generally the least likely to be dog-aggressive of all the Nihon Ken, the whole group of which at maturity doesn't adore strange dogs. Again- speaking really super broadly.

    My intact male Kai is not expected to put up wth or greet strange dogs, but I do let him greet friendly females with well-tuned-in owners. He is proud and somewhat territorial, but he is also subtle about it. Otherwise he is happy to look but walk on by. My adult female Kai is more interested in and tolerant of new dogs- she is not subtle and is very clear about whats going on and how she feels. My female Kai puppy loves everyone and everything- but ... she's a puppy!

    My male is aloof with strangers- he loves his family and everyone else is "fine, but who really cares?" Sometimes he meets a person he really takes to and shows his loving side that he usually reserves. My female Kai is wary of new people and can bark, but she is curious and is soon climbing in their laps and licking their face. The puppy loves everyone and everything.

    Some Kai can be quite shy of strangers and prefer to avoid them, and if pressured too much will try extra hard to get away from contact with them. I feel it's important to do good socialization and friendly prevention work with all Kai throughout life so they continue to think strangers are fun or just no big deal at all. They are generally sensitive dogs and respond best to a high quality bond with their owner, the foundation of which supports their encounters with and work with all other things. If they are confident in their relationship with their owner, they have a good base and can do a great deal with us!