Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hokkaido Association of North America (HANA)

Just updated the link to HANA's website. If you're in North America or Europe, talk to HANA about the Hokkaido.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Available Hokkaido Puppy

There is a red Hokkaido male currently available. He was born on the 2nd of February and has cleared his first health check. 3 out of 4 grandparents have placed 1st at the DOKENHO (HKH) national show. Neither of his parents have exhibited signs of cataracts. If anyone is interested, feel free to contact me at

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


On the 31st of March the JKC will be hosting the FCI Japan International Dog Show 2019 at Tokyo Big Sight. As a special addition to the JKC 70th anniversary show, there will be a Nihonken Parade which NIPPO has agreed to collaborate on. Representatives of the Japanese breeds that have placed at the grand national will be present, and I've been asked to show Masamine there. I'll be taking some Shikoku pups with me as well since it will be great publicity for the Japanese breeds. Dog lovers in Tokyo, drop by the show!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

NIPPO Member's Magazine No.1 2019

Just received member's magazine number 1. for 2019 from NIPPO. This is the issue with the pictures of all winners at the previous year's Grand National.
The judge's opinion is also in the magazine (we get this for the regional shows as well). Here's Bunta Go, Nidai Iwahori Sou, bred by my mentor, owned/handled by yours truly. He received a Souken Award (he was 2nd place in class). 
Masa placed 2nd in the Wakainu 2 class in 2016 for a Wakainu Award, and then 2nd again in 2017 for a Souken Award. With Bunta placing in 2018, that's three years in a row of placing at the Grand National. Doesn't mean that much to me since I'm not that into shows, but it is fun. A female I bred placed at the Grand National a few years back, and I have to say I was very proud of that. When a pup from a long planned breeding, born at your house and placed with someone as the best of the litter ends up doing well, it's very rewarding.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Importing Dogs to Japan

Every now and again someone asks me how to bring their dog into Japan. Here's the process...

First steps for bringing a dog into Japan:
1.Microchip (ISO)
2.Rabies vaccination #1
3.Within the valid vaccination of rabies vaccination #1, but at least 30 days afterward, rabies vaccination #2
4.Rabies anti-body test at a 'listed' laboratory
5.If the necessary anti-body threshold is cleared, the dog can enter Japan 180 days after the blood sample was taken.
6.File an import application with Animal Quarantine Japan at least 40days before the dog's arrival in Japan 

Here is a link to the official information

So hopefully I'll see some of you with your dogs here in Japan for the NIPPO Grand National???
Don't bother sending me chocolate for Valentine's Day, just come to the Grand National.

Good friend and handling mentor with his male 'Kiku' at the last national, taking first place in the Wakainu 1 male class.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Shikoku Puppy Available


This darn cute little guy is available for sale at the moment. He was born on November 7th. Anyone who would like more details, please hit me up at

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Sesame in the Hokkaido Ken

As people have become involved with the Hokkaido, and interest in the breed has grown overseas, it is natural that interest in all the coat colors increases. Recently there have been sesame Hokkaido pups popping up here and there, and I get a lot of questions about them and 'sesame lines' etc.

A Hokkaido Ken in Japan might be registered with one or more of the associations that recognize the breed. Generally they are either Hokkaido Ken Hozonkai (DOKENHO or HKH as I refer to them), or Hokkaido Ken Kyokai (HKK). There are also small numbers of Hokkaido registered with the Japan Kennel Club (JKC), and the Nihon Kennel Club (NKC) recognized Hokkaido Ken Tourokukyokai (HNA).

The HKH had around 200 pups registered with them last year, HKK around 100. Sesame as a recessive would pop up every now and again, but for all means and purposes was close to extinct in the breed. I know of a few that popped up over recent years in the HKH, but none produced sesame pups when bred. That all changed when a litter of Hokkaido was born in Niigata prefecture to red HKK parents (but with sesame back in the pedigree). There was a nice sesame male in this litter named Souryuu. Souryuu was bred to a red female (one parent sesame), and there were 2 nice sesame males in the litter from what I have heard. 1 male was kept for breeding, the other sent to Hokkaido. This male is named Hokuou, and essentially all sesame that are being produced now are being bred off this one dog and his progeny. There has been a lot of very close breeding going on to try and increase the appearance of sesame in the puppies produced, and it looks like the kennels involved have finally started to produce predictable numbers of sesame pups.

This is Mizuou, a son of Hokuou.

So as always I imagine I will continue to receive requests for unicorns (a new unrelated sesame line!), but most likely all that exists will be the once every few generation recessive sesame's, and the progeny of Hokuou. Unfortunately his brother has not produced any sesame pups.