Welcome to the Association of Nihon Ken

The ANK is the only breed association in the United Kingdom dedicated to the preservation and conservation for the six Nihon ken breeds; the Shiba Inu, Kishu Ken, Kai Ken, Shikoku Ken, Hokkaido Ken, and the Akita Inu. Here at the ANK, we aim to provide a platform for Nihon Ken enthusiasts and owners alike. There is very limited information and support for these breeds, and the ANK strives to be a reliable source of information for these six magnificent dog breeds.

If you want to find out more about a specific breed, please click ‘Breeds’ and select the breed you want from the drop down menu. The 'Health' page has information concerning the general health of the breeds, however for specific health information we encourage you to visit our sister site the Nihon Ken Network. You can find all of our upcoming events (such as dog shows, meet-and-greets etc) on our ‘Events’ page. If you are interested in becoming a member of the ANK, please check out the 'Membership' page and fill in the form.

As the Nihon Ken Network has now been taken out of commission, we will slowly be transferring the breed information to the Association of Nihon Ken's website. Please bear with us during this time.

Photos of Nihon Ken living in the UK! (L-R: Shiba Inu, Shikoku Ken, Kishu Ken, Akita Inu, Kai Ken, Hokkaido Ken)