Dog Breeds: K

Kangal

The Kangal is a courageous guardian of sheep flocks in its native Turkey. Bred to tackle wolves, bears, and even lions, it has a gentler side that can be seen in its protective and gentle nature when kept as a pet. It needs a firm and confident owner, but with the right guidance, it is a steady and good-natured companion and protector.

Karakachan

A breed of dog that has been traditionally used for many centuries as a livestock shepherd and guardian in Bulgaria, the Karakachan is incredibly rare, with less than a thousand in existence. A loyal and trustworthy dog, they are known to form very strong bonds with their family and will instinctively protect them and their property without question.

Karelian Bear Dog

A medium-sized, Spitz-type dog, the Karelian Bear Dog is native to Finland, where it is commonly kept as a hunting dog. Fiercely loyal to their owner, courageous when working and highly intelligent by nature, this breed of dog is revered for its role as a bear hunter in Northern Europe, as well as in Canada and the United States.

Karelo-Finnish Laika

The Karelo-Finish Laika is a small hunting dog with a resemblance to the Finnish Spitz. Energetic, gregarious, and loyal, he’s a good family dog, but his love of barking may trouble your neighbours.

Karst Shepherd

A medium-sized herding dog that originated in Slovenia several centuries ago, the Karst Shepherd is still used for farmyard work today, though is equally suited to family life as a companion animal. As long as owners can meet their exercise and grooming requirements and are willing to start strict training from a young age, these independent and territorial dogs can make good pets.

Keeshond

This fluffy and friendly breed has lived with traders and barge-dwellers in the Western and Central Europe for centuries, and was once implicated in a popular uprising in the Netherlands. Despite its thick mane, it is easy to care for, and is extremely gentle with children and other pets. If ignored or under-stimulated, it is known to be very vocal.

Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier is an intelligent and engaging breed of dog that originates from Ireland. They are renowned for their soft and wavy ‘blue’ coat and fluid like movement. Akin to other terriers, they can be stubborn, independent and a challenge to train. They are natural born hunters, herders, retrievers and love spending time outdoors chasing and swimming.

King Charles Spaniel

The King Charles Spaniel is the lesser known cousin of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. With a faultless character, it’s perhaps this spaniel’s small size and health problems that are against him, as it makes him physically fragile. Indeed, despite having an outstanding temperament, the numbers of King Charles Spaniels are considered vulnerable to extinction by the UK Kennel Club.

Kishu

A handsome and dignified Japanese dog, the Kishu Inu is not well-recognised internationally, but is known as a ‘national treasure’ in its homeland. While once used to hunt animals, such as bears and boar, the Kishu is now more likely to be found inside a family home. Once sufficiently exercised, this loyal dog makes a pleasantly calm companion.

Komondor

Classed as a national treasure in Hungary but rarely seen elsewhere, the Komondor is a loyal working dog. They are renowned for their intelligence and physical strength, which they use to protect their family and flock. They are excellent guard dogs, but these traits could prove problematic for inexperienced owners.

Kooikerhondje

A hunting dog from the Netherlands, the Kooikerhondje is a rare breed in much of the world at this time, though its popularity is growing. Quiet, reserved, and gentle, it is a dog that enjoys a peaceful, low-stress home and plenty of exercise. Genetic illness has been a problem in the past, and prospective owners need to do their research when sourcing a Kooikerhondje puppy.

Koolie

A hard-working, energetic dog, the Koolie has existed in Australia for several hundred years, where it is prized by rural farmers for its athleticism and endurance when herding livestock. Diligent when at work, once its task is complete, the Koolie adapts well into the modern home, and is gentle and affectionate with its family, making a fantastic pet.

Korean Jindo

The Jindo is famous for its loyalty and hunting prowess, both of which are woven into the folklore of its native Korea. Its classification as a national treasure has hampered its spread to other countries. Cautious of strangers but friendly and affectionate to their master, the Jindo is an active and intelligent companion.

Kromfohrländer

A breed of dog that was developed in Germany in the 1940s by mixing Terriers and Griffons, the Kromfohrländer is a good-humoured little dog who is full of exuberance and loves to play. Happy when in the company of other pets as well as humans, this sweet dog is known to get along very well with just about everyone.