She, like most Shikoku that are affected, started showing symptoms at around 6 months of age. It generally starts with head tremors, and then progresses to hindquarter weakness. Symptoms increase as time goes by, and most dogs die at between 3-5 years old. I've included a video that shows her in the mid to later stages of progression.
When Koyuki was finally euthanized, her body was donated to Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University for research, and lysosomal storage disease was confirmed.
Yup, that database that I was just going to pop out, well it's turned out to be more time consuming than I thought. I'm currently manually entering dogs to the database, since a lot of checking and manual correction has to be made to the data. But, better than having no data!
So here we are at the very beginning of the breed. I was pretty excited when I realized I had an unbroken line of data all the way to Choushun.
I've currently got just over 600 dogs entered. My short term goal is to get 10 generations of data entered for all my dogs, and my friend's dogs. I'm contemplating crowdfunding this, since it is costing me a fair bit to create and maintain this site, and it's now very time consuming to get all this data entered (plus all the phone calls to NIPPO to confirm information). But yeah, have some fun and take a look at some of the entries. Right now it's just barebones stuff, no health data or anything like that.
Special thanks to Mr.Ishihara of the NIPPO Chiba branch for collecting this mountain of over 90,000 Shikoku entries, over all these years!
And protip (and another reason this data entry is costing me): NIPPO will send you copies of pedigrees on request, 200JPY/dog.
This is a young female out of Chouhou (Nidai Iwahori Sou) and Kaori (Awa Yamainu Sou). She's on the small side, and has some marking issues (socks), but also has some lovely traits like her color and face. She's short in the torso as well.
It's tough trying to breed dogs to a high standard, but that's probably part of what keeps us going.
Judging from my Facebook feed, it looks like it's been an insanely hot summer just about everywhere. If it hasn't been that hot where you are, feel free to correct me. Over here, the heat and humidity have been off the charts. Literally record breaking. A week or two ago we had a typhoon come through, and for 2 or 3 days everything cooled down, but here we are today at 34 degrees and 92 percent humidity (and it's sunny!).
The dogs are making it through the summer, just barely. We humans are just trying to jump from aircon to aircon to beach. Anyway, since I haven't posted much this year, just working on getting back in the groove of blogging. I've got more about the Nihon Ken to say.
I don't think I put this picture up yet, but this is a Kai male I saw at the KKA national show in April. For the first time in a long time I saw a Kai I quite liked in type.
And just throwing these pics in here from a month or so ago. This is Koto, a female out of Bunta x Chacha (born here at my house). Hopefully she can be shown at the Grand National this year. Prep for that is already in full swing...
It sure ain't easy to produce the type of dogs you want, and it surely takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I guess that's a large part of what keeps us going though.