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Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2018
May 04, 2018
Entity [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name Kindred Biosciences, Inc.  
Entity Central Index Key 0001561743  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding (in shares)   28,203,060