Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Shikoku Registrations in 2011

I dropped by the NIPPO HQ the other day to fill in paperwork and as I was leaving I asked how many Shikoku were registered last year.

233

My jaw nearly hit the floor. To get some perspective on that number, in 2009 there were 357 registrations.

So to everyone that is waiting, or has been waiting, for a Shikoku pup, this is why there just haven't been very many pups available. When you take into consideration the fact that most people have a color/sex preference, and in some cases a blood line preference, there is only a handful of pups to choose from.

At present there is an aka-goma female pup available, just over 2 months. I'm just waiting for pictures of her. There is also a kuro-goma female that is at just over 1 month.

This male is just over 3 months now, and was being kept as part of a breeding program. Due to the breeder's health, he will be let go, preferably to be used in a breeding program.




8 comments:

  1. That number is devastatingly low.

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  3. that is pretty depressing. i need to win that $300 million lottery jackpot NOW!

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  4. "I really love Shikoku breed, I wouldn't mind keeping him/her intact if the dog is of good health, temperament and of breeding quality.."

    In Europe, neutering or spaying a dog or a bitch amounts to animal cruelty.

    With a genetically-bottlenecked breed like the Shikokus, it is animal-cruelty to spay or neuter any of the individuals regardless if the breeders refuse to let go of the breed. If the spay-neuter mantra continues, then with a breed like this, it's time to prepare for all the symptoms of inbreeding depression.

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  5. I agree with that sadly most breeders in US have contract that you gotta spay/neuter your dog at 6months if it's pet quality or your contract is void and gotta return the dog something like that.. I don't know every breeder's contract.. I just know mine had it I had send proof of it in mail and if not lawyers would be involved.

    Sadly half united states are not capable of keeping a male or female intact due to their lack of training, socialization, exercise and knowledge on how to live with one.

    Saya's contract states:Puppy must be spayed/neutered by the time she/she is 6 months old and a copy of proof by vet must be sent to her. To not do so, will be a breach of contract and seller would be entitled to a $2500.00 payment for breach of contract. You will forfeit all rights to above dog and said dog must return to seller at buyers expense. etc..

    So spay/neuter thing is forced upon people a lot by vets, by other dog owners and by breeders. I don't know what right answer on spay/neutering.. I guess it'd be better if the female or male was intact I don't know that's a discussion for another blog or forum.

    I do think most of people in US should spay/neuter their pet's they can't properly manage or train their dog..

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  6. Half of the dogs are crosses in the United States. Only about a quarter of pure-bred dogs are in a registry. If those unregistered dogs get spayed or neutered, it would not affect their genetic diversity. They can always get fresh blood from somewhere else.

    For example, with an unregistered Golden Retriever, no one really cares if there was a Labrador crossed in three or four generations back. The owner is still happy because it still look and perform like a Golden. With registered breeds, it is quite a bit different, they do not have the luxury of people being able to outcross.

    Whether or not spay or neuter is being forced upon by other people through peer pressure is strictly political, not factual. One has to remember General Joe Public do not understand why it is important for pedigreed dogs to stay "pure". If a dog is messed up because of its genes, the public do not understand why the breeder is unable to introduce new blood. They really do not see why it is so important for a breeder to uphold an institute and shrug it off with "So? Solve it." This is why veteranians and other dog-owners do not really care why the dog is not fixed.

    We are talking about the future of Shikokus here, not whether or not someone can manage their Border-Jack cross.

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  7. 'In Europe, neutering or spaying a dog or a bitch amounts to animal cruelty.

    With a genetically-bottlenecked breed like the Shikokus, it is animal-cruelty to spay or neuter any of the individuals regardless if the breeders refuse to let go of the breed. If the spay-neuter mantra continues, then with a breed like this, it's time to prepare for all the symptoms of inbreeding depression.'

    @Dave while I originally thought it a bit of a push to say that it amounts to animal cruelty, after mulling it over I do agree with the general sentiment. In the long run, loss of genetic diversity in such a rare breed will hurt the breed (with such low numbers sooner rather than later), and the end result of narrowing the diversity in the breed, and the health issues that will most likely become widespread, would be cruel to the animals/breed.

    The earthquake/tsunami last year was probably the biggest factor in the huge drop in registration numbers. I expect that they'll bounce back a bit this year, but this will not change the overall downtrend.

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  8. I'm sorry about writing my comment I didn't think it was so stupid or scary. I was just saying what I thought.. What I meant by breeding quality was by health coarse I already had health in the sentence so no need to double say it. Been stressed and have had very few sleep due to various things No excuse for my lack of thinking.

    Sorry for my scary comment I under stand with such low numbers in a breed like this every dog is of breeding quality.

    Also I wasn't talking about any golden mix or border jack cross I was replying to your comment.

    "In Europe, neutering or spaying a dog or a bitch amounts to animal cruelty."
    I already know that how it is in Europe I know some people in there I do agree it is sad and not good, but my reply was about why in here spay/neutering is such a big need besides PETA's goal to eliminate all pet ownership..

    Not everyone are capable of taking care and managing an intact dog.

    Have you been to the south? I lived in Louisiana for 20 years strays are bad there, a lot people dump their dog in country or in busy roads and at rest stops. I seen a few dogs dead a long the highway, country some alive roaming far away where anyone lives very skinny close to areas where bayou is.. at a rest stop I saw one at a rest stop laying dead in the grass.

    Sorry, but spaying and neutering is a must here especially for owners who care less for their dogs it's sad.

    With a breed like Shikoku coarse spaying/neutering isn't good I agree with that.

    I'm just a Japanese breed enthusiast I love all spitz breeds too.

    I hope to import a Shikoku one day sure! though who knows by the time that happens it might be too late for me.

    I hope the breed doesn't go down in health it already is, but I hope it doesn't get worse.

    Sadly there is a lot of dog breeds that have gone extinct even Japanese breeds that are no more hopefully Shikoku doesn't make the list..

    I'm sorry if I offended with way I worded things.

    I'm a hard worker and when I put my mind into it I'll reach the goal. I wanted to meet a New guinea singing dog in person and I've met three two were intact males one a spayed female she was from the PA singer rescue..

    I'm done I don't want to start any arguments I'm just trying to explain myself. I like your blog and enjoy reading it and I have no harsh feelings for you.

    Peace out! :)

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