The Kishu Inu is a medium size dog that is related to the Kai Ken. Kishu Inu are national treasure of Japan, and only solid colors are accepted. These dogs are popular family pets in Japan.
I understand that kishus are a natural japenese mounment and are not to be exported from japan, so how are their 2 breeders outside japan, and how have they not been shut down by now?
Breeders (or dog owners) can get special permission to remove national treasure breeds from Japan. Most of the time, permission is only given if it is likely that the breeder will stay true to the original breed type. Once the dog is bred outside of Japan, pretty much anyone can get one. Of course, breeders of these breeds are usually very selective of who they sell a pup to. In my experience, a breeder will first determine the quality of the pup – show or companion. If the pup is not of show quality, it will often be fixed before it is sold to a loving family. If it is of show quality, your sales contract will usually specify that the dog must be shown to championship before breeding. This is done to protect the integrity of the breed.
Unlike many dog breeds, Kishus and other Japanese national treasures are not produced commercially, and therefore not exported in a commercial manner. It doesn’t mean that they never leave Japan – you just may have to jump through a lot of hoops to get permission to get one straight from Japan. If you are sure you want a Kishu, you can be pretty sure that any breeder outside Japan will be reputable and be producing top quality dogs.