Kai Ken in the United States
The first Kai to reach the US were sent here in the 1960’s to a zoo in Utah. They did not produce any pups and when they died that was it.
It was not until the 1990’s that the Kai were imported to stay, by Minimeadow Kennel, and the dogs were likely from a variety of Japan Kennel Club breeders.When she got out of the breed late in the decade, the dogs of her program were acquired by Classy Kennel, Mijikai Kennel and an Amish breeder called Walnut Valley Kennel which was not in the breed for long. These two programs worked hard to recover the best in these lines and produced many terrific dogs and champions in UKC, while having their own distinct breeding priorities within the standard. More Kai were imported for diversity beginning around 2010. This time from Kai Ken Aigokai kennels in Japan, by Yamabushi Kennel.
Kai Ken in Japan
Written by Shigeru Kato, http://nihonken.blogspot.com/p/kai.html