Kishu Ken Breed Maintenance
The Kishu Ken is a relatively low maintenance dog when he is not shedding in the spring or fall. Since he has a double coat, his undercoat will shed out seasonally and that is when he will require more intensive grooming. Daily brushing is highly recommended when he is shedding to keep the loose hairs from gathering of carpeting, furniture or clothing. When he is not shedding, weekly brushing is recommended. He is not prone to tangles or matting except when his coat is shedding and is not being properly maintained. He should be groomed with a natural bristle brush and a metal comb. A slicker brush can also be used on his dense coat. Bathe him only when he needs it, usually two to three times a year. Generally, the Kishu Ken does not have a smell. If you notice a smell between baths, he can be washed with a dry shampoo to remove any dirt or smell. Trim his toenails when needed and check his ears about once a week to ensure they are clean and free from infection or wax buildup.