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Kishu Ken Dog Breed

The Kishu Ken is a distinguished and ancient Japanese breed known for its elegant appearance and dignified demeanor. This medium-sized dog is characterized by its pure white coat, erect ears, and a curled tail. Historically used for hunting game, particularly boar and deer, the Kishu Ken is recognized for its keen hunting instincts and athleticism. Despite its hunting background, the breed is loyal, dignified, and affectionate with its family. Kishu Kens are known for their reserved and composed nature, often displaying a calm demeanor. While they may be aloof around strangers, they form strong bonds with their owners, making them loyal and devoted companions. This breed thrives in a structured and active environment where their intelligence and independent spirit can be engaged through training and exercise.


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Dan Sayers

Dan Sayers is the Editor-in-Chief of SHOWSIGHT digital and print publications. He received a B.S. from Drexel University where he studied interior architectural design. His professional career has allowed him to develop his planning, problem-solving, and project management skills, which were employed in the office, educational, and financial sectors. While working as a project manager, he earned a Graphic Design Certificate from the University of the Arts and began creating ads for many of America’s top-winning show dogs. Through this work, Dan became Editor-in-Chief of the nation’s first online-only dog show publication. His current role expands on this experience and broadly extends to cover the sport of dogs in Companion and Performance events as well as all aspects of Conformation.

Dan is a long-time member of the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America and is the organization’s current AKC Delegate and Archivist/Historian, as well as a club-approved Breed Mentor. From 2000-2010, he was the club’s AKC Gazette Columnist. He breeds Irish Water Spaniels under the Quiet Storm prefix and has judged the IWSCA National Specialty Sweepstakes twice. Dan is a member of the Morris and Essex Kennel Club as well as the Dog Writers Association of America, which recognized his illustrations in the award-winning canine compendium, the Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology.