Captain Nero’s List

Nero’s List was created by the Kai Ken Society of America to Honor, Respect and Celebrate our beloved Elder Kai Ken, defined for the purposes of the Captain’s List as a Kai dog who has reached the age of 13 years old. 

Sai No Nero was a Kai Ken in Japan who lived to the age of 18 years and 7 months. His owner, Mr Hishinuma, shared photos from his daily walks with Nero each morning and ended each day with a photo wishing us all Good Night. Nero was beloved by Kai Ken enthusiasts all over the world and the long life and love he shared with his owner is a dream we all share in our relationships with our dogs. 

Owners may nominate any purebred Kai Ken who has reached the age of 13 to be added to Captain Nero’s List. They will be issued an embossed certificate from the Kai Ken Society of America in recognition of their Kai dog’s long life well-lived and well-loved, designed for the KKSA by graphic designer Mr. Hishinuma, himself!

You do not need to be a member of the Kai Ken Society of America, though we welcome you to check us out and join if you wish!

If you would like to nominate your senior Kai to Nero’s List, please fill out the form found here and email it to 

Honoring Our Beloved Kais

Nero himself, The Captain 
Sai no Nero

Lance – Royal’s Red Rock of Dobustu-ie

Belle – CH PR Royal Jade Belle O’ the Brawl

Buji – Brozaku no Buji

Miho – Brozaku no Miho



Brady – Classy’s Brady Toma Taz

Sumi – Tenshi’s Sumi of Minimeadow