Greetings, dog lovers, and welcome to an exploration of some interesting dog breeds that start with the letter ‘K’. In this article we will tell you a little about some breeds which you might not be familiar with so that you can know a little more about their attitudes, tendencies, and potential health issues that you need to know about if you are considering obtaining a dog from one our listed breeds. Let’s talk about some K-dogs!
You need to educate yourself on your dog’s breed
Learning about your dog is important. This is especially true for Purebred dogs. Breeding particular traits into an animal requires a lot of specialized selection over many years to isolate desired traits, until eventually they ‘breed true’ and you’ve got a Purebred. Unfortunately, cross-breeding to produce specific traits can also lead to a new breed that may have the health weaknesses of the breeds associated with its parentage. Learning potential health issues is critical. Aside from the health concerns, different breeds also have different behaviors. Some are energetic. Some are natural hunters. Some like to be cuddled and others prefer a little space. Learning about your dog’s breed is the best way to make sure that the two of you stay healthy and happy.
Our first ‘K-dog’ breed originated in Slovenia and is known as the ‘Karst Shepherd’. Not a small dog but not a hulk either, this dog stands at 24 inches tall and weighs in at 55 to 80 pounds. This Shepherd is a good example of why you should know your dog’s breed. The Karst is a medium sized Sheepdog, and as such, it takes awhile to win their trust. This makes them excellent guard dogs but if you want them to be friendlier to people then you can always implement a socialization schedule and over time your dog will know that they are safe with you and be less distrustful of strangers. The Karst Shepherd is not just distrustful of humans, we should note, and should not be around other animals. Also, as a Sheepdog, you are going to need to keep this breed busy. Failure to give them a ‘job’ of sorts can result in acting out so the Karst Shepherd is going to be more suited for farm life rather than the suburbs (in most cases). As far as their health, this is a robust breed but they can have some problems which are mostly related to their size, such as Elbow or Hip Dysplasia. Their typical lifespan is 10 – 12 years.
Our next breed is one of Japan’s 6 native breeds. The Kai Ken stands at 15 – 19 inches and typically weighs between 20 and 40 pounds. This intelligent breed is very hard to find, even in Japan, but there are a few things that you will need to know should you acquire one. For one, this breed is very energetic and they make good hunters, as they have been known to swim and even climb trees in pursuit of game. At home, they demonstrate their reliance on a social structure, as this is a dog that does NOT wish to be independent. As such, your Kai Ken will stay close and should have a lot of socializing, as they will be very protective of you. This breed has an average lifespan of 14 to 16 years and they are quite hardy, with health concerns being a minimal (typically Elbow or Hip Dysplasia). Regular checkups are still a good idea and will keep your Kai Ken at their best.
The Kanni breed of dog is a medium-sized dog, standing at 25 to 2 inches and weighing a modest 35 to 45 pounds. These dogs are rare, indigenous to southern India, and as you can see they have a thin and graceful build very similar to Greyhounds. Traditionally employed as hunters, this breed is shy with anyone who is not a member of the family but they are also fiercely loyal (and famous for it), offering their protection at the slightest sign of provocation. Kannis are very intelligent and can often learn
“We do know that they can suffer from bloat and musculoskeletal conditions”
commands within 10 to 15 repetitions and this makes them very desirable as a breed. From a health perspective, however, little is known about them. We do know that they can suffer from bloat and musculoskeletal conditions are also a possibility. Should you acquire one you may want to do some research with a local Vet and setup a regular checkup schedule. As far as their lifespan, this robust breed will typically live from 14 to 16 years.
Karelian Bear Dog
Our final entry is the fluffy Finnish ‘Karelian Bear Dog’. A hunter, born and bred, the Karelian might be a snuggler, but they bred with the capacity to take down large game, such as moose, boars, and yes, even bears. Standing at 19 to 23.5 inches tall and weighing in the neighborhood of 45 – 50 pounds this is a medium-to-large sized dog and should not be kept around other animals. If you don’t have other animals around, they are quite friendly, but you will need a lot of socializing training for them to get them to the point where they will trust outsiders. That said, if you are willing to put in the work and have a lot of space for this dog to exercise in then a Karelian might be a good fit for you. Health issues for Karelians are few, but hip dysplasia is one concern as well as dental and eye problems. Despite the robust health, they have smaller lifespans with a range of 10 to 12 years.
Some final words
In today’s article we have discussed a handful of delightful dog’s whose breed name starts with ‘K’. As you know, there are many, many breeds to consider, so make sure that you do you due diligence by studying a little about your furry friend before you take them home. We wish you and your new family member the best!