彼女は大変犬が好きです。

English Translation

She is very fond of dogs.

I knew 犬 can be read as けん, but I thought it was used as such in compound words, like dog races. Can it be read as けんas a standalone kanji, or is the use here an error?

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@mike-lima
Your understanding is correct. The original Japanese sentence should be pronounced as かのじょは / たいへん / いぬが / すきです. As you explained, 犬 is pronounced as けん when it is proceeded by another noun such as 警察犬(けいさつけん)= police dog, and 狂犬病(きょうけんびょう)= rabies/canine madness.

The TTS from Google Translate properly pronounces it as いぬ.

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