Saturday, September 7, 2019

5 Generations of Shikoku Females

I thought it would be fun to put up pictures of the dam's side of my current Shikoku litter. Just to see the progression of the dogs etc etc

1. Ibuhime Go Iyo Tenman Sou

2. Sekihoume Go Iyo Tenman Sou

3. Chacha Go Nidai Iwahori Sou

4. Awa no Kotogiku Go Awa Yamainu Sou




5. Awa no Kotohina Go Awa Yamainu Sou


I'll update this once I've taken some new pictures of Hina.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Koto's Shikoku Puppies Have Hit 2 Weeks Old

Koto's pups are growing well, and just yesterday those tiny little eyes opened.
The female looks very feminine, the male very masculine, just the way it should be. Koto's been a very good mother, takes care of the pups, but is not neurotic about it or overly attentive, and doesn't get stressed about me or other people handling the pups.

I'm quite happy about these little guys, and they have that fresh puppy smell (you have to try it sometime).





Friday, June 28, 2019

And Then There Were Puppehs

The last litter of puppies born at my house was in 2017 (some breeder I am huh?), and that was the Shikoku litter that Koto was out of. Here we are 2019 and Koto just had two pups on the morning of the 22nd of June.


I was up with all her all night, and got to see the pups popping out into the world. The male came first, and he looks like Masa, a sesame. The female looks a lot like Koto, a red with almost no sesame.

I've had a lot of requests for the pups already, but I think I'll take a bit more time before deciding where they go.

The male:




The female:




Thursday, June 27, 2019

Break my Brain

Perhaps with my 40th birthday around the corner I'm getting old and cranky. But, I'm getting tired and less patient with people who contact me about the Nihon Ken, and when I can tell it's gonna be a long ride, well I'd prefer you talk to someone else.

I've put the information out there, it's on my blog. You can research the Japanese breeds, you can see what the breeding situation here is like, but then you want to tell me that you don't see 'x' female's health information on the pedigree.

Well, the fact that you see any information at all on dogs that are in Japan is a miracle. The fact that I've actually x-rayed the father's hips is a miracle. The fact that I've actually made a database to calculate COI, and entered 1300 dogs manually, to tell you that the COI is less than 10 percent, is a miracle.



I don't judge your ethics or decision making. I just take issue with the fact that you are being very 'serious' about your decisions regarding Shikoku, obviously without doing your due diligence about the breed. This does not tell me there's anything wrong with you, other than that you are lazy (and have not done your research).

And also if you ask me for a coat color in a breed where there's only 200 pups born nationally, lets break down the numbers. If you ask for a female, there's 100 pups in a year. If you ask for a color that is less than 5 percent of the population (so 5 female's born nationally in a year) and complain that you've been waiting for 2 years for a pup, and you want one by September, well all I have to say to you is good luck, and talk to someone else.

Even my export service is a not for profit business. I'm just trying to help the Japanese breeds survive and be promoted. Your pup that you want as a pet will likely help the breed in being more visible, but will do absolutely nothing in terms of genetics. So, you will be toward the bottom of my list of priorities. Sorry, but that's the truth. And if you keep bugging me about when your unicorn will be available, chances are I will just not be bothered to reply.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

NIPPO Grand National 2019 UPDATE!!!

So I had heard rumblings of this from a while ago, but today it is official.
The NIPPO Grand National will be held on November 17th, all breeds and BIS decided on ONE day. This is a cost saving measure, and takes into consideration that every year entries have been decreasing. It was only a matter of time really.


The location has not changed, but there will be no show on Saturday. Everything will happen on Sunday.

The venue is Valentine Park Sakuto which is at
945 Emi, Mimasaka, Okayama, Japan 709-4234
This is the location on Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/3AbNrrokyvP2

Monday, May 27, 2019

Vega in Hongawa Village

Took a little trip to Shikoku with Vega this weekend and had a bit of time to visit Hongawa village, the ancestral home of the Hongawa line of Shikoku. It's high country, the mountains smell of timber, and the water is emerald clear. It amazes me that the founders of NIPPO actually found their way here back in the day when I'm sure transportation to the interior of a backwash island was extremely difficult.

We had some good hiking, which was much tougher on me than a dry dog like Vega. I managed to shoot a bit of video just before sunset. These are vertical mountains, at high altitude, which helps me understand the environment that molded and helped preserve this athletic breed.





Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Available Akita

EDIT 2019/05/28: Currently only the Waka Inu male is still available.

As rare as it is, there are some Akita currently available for anyone that might be interested. From top to bottom, a Waka Inu class male, Yoken A class male, and Yoken B class male. Look at the link below for information.

http://japandogexport.com/blog