As of today 11/11/2018, Hana the brindle Hokkaido girl is 10.5 weeks old and ready to go to her permanent home via Hokusei Kashinoki. Local homes preferred but not required. She is chipped, first vaccines given, dewormed, crate training underway, and sleeping through the night. She is a smaller girl but she is beautiful with lots of personality. Send inquiries to email@example.com
Hello Hokkaido fans!
2017 is coming to a close and has seen several exciting developments for the breed in the states. Firstly, as a group, several club members made an epic unforgettable trip to Japan during the Cherry Blossom time in April, and met up with Mr. Shigeru Kato of Japan Dog Export at his home in Chiba near Tokyo (his blog is here http://nihonken.blogspot.com/ ).
There we were able to meet and bring home the two red Hokkaido puppies he had advertised earlier. They are WONDERFUL breed examples and we have named them Miki (or Miko as her family calls her) and her brother is Ashitaka (or Ashi-Smashy as he is known at home).
Shortly after we returned, Claire at Kaiju Kennels imported a pretty sesame girl named Minira from Hungary, to California. Minira was recently bred to Kuma and is expecting, so it is with great anticipation that we await the second Hokkaido litter to be born in North America which should be due sometime in early December.
Umma (from the first litter with Genko x Yezo as parents) moved to Portland where she has her own blog with a Shiba sibling: Everyday Hokkaido. Every potential or interested owner needs to read it. She was bred earlier in the year but the breeding did not take. With any luck, we will be able to complete her health testing and breed her to Ashi when she is next in heat.
Kurasi, Umma’s fruitbat sister with the brindle mustache, has also moved north to Portland and lives with CJ and her Kishu family at Akiyama no Roushya. Kurasi is also slated to be bred when she is next in heat which should occur around December. We think Ashi would also be a good mate for her.
Miko is also living in Portland with her co-owners and is a wonderfully sweet and easy going Hokkaido girl. Her brother Ashi now lives in Puyallup with co-owners after his world tour brought him from Tokyo to California to Ohio to Washington. Everyone in the club has high hopes for these two kids as they come from very nice show lines and are very well put together dogs. They offer significant improvements on several key items the current Hokkaido population is working on.
Lastly, the club has been working on a new webpage and transitioning secretarial duties. Emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org may not be quickly answered so it is best to send puppy inquiries to individual breeders, which are listed here: https://hokkaidousa.wordpress.com/hokkaido-breeders/
Happy Holidays to all, especially those who have made donations towards the care of the Hokkaido. Please send me a mailing address if you have made a donation so I can send a “thank you”, and include your address with any future donations. With the holidays here, I have updated our Hokkaido Club Wishlist, and have a litter planned for 2016 so am getting prepped for that. Any item donation is much appreciated:
I am going through chewies, bones, Kongs and treat toys left and right to keep the puppies occupied on these rainy days. We could definitely use more. I look forward to spring litters from now on!
The last few weeks have been a journey, as you may imagine life with 4 Hokkaido puppies may be, especially over the holidays. They are 15 weeks old and hitting their milestones, with the two black brindle sisters just a few days from their big adventure on an airplane to their various destinations, and brother Retar waiting for the New Year to join his new home in Portland.
Umma is a doll and she is an easy going puppy who is good being confined, easy to handle, content, and agreeable with everyone. She is also very quiet aside from brief happy howling moments. This is her puppy collar from Knine Couture http://www.kninecouture.com/
Puppies have been accident free overnight and are doing great on crate training overall and leash/collar training. They are still great for nails and baths. Their Vet visits have been unremarkable. I had them all microchipped and they have most of their vaccines. No hernias, healthy eyes, good bites, good knees and hips, good hearts, testicles present on the boys, and no abnormalities.
Their momma Genko is enjoying her new life here with her Shiba family. They share the couch, playtime, chewies and walkies together, even with the other girls, which is a total bonus. She has officially integrated and loves going on pack walks and outings to the dog stores, even to the dog shows to do her health tests. She is just an agreeable dog (not perfect, but a good dog all the same). Being in a stable environment with structure and schedule has really helped her settle in.
Apologies for the lack of good quality photos and video. The only camera I have on hand is on my cell phone.
I thought it might be beneficial to catalog the progress of development of the puppies who have been placed already…2 more are set to leave soon 🙂 This way I can maybe help to demystify the breed so people can see that they really are just regular dogs:
Genji (aka Rakko) is boarding with me for the holiday and he is doing so well. It’s really nice to see the progress he has made in his new home and how well behaved he is. His owner has him in private lessons and he is taking puppy classes.
His brother Yukar is also doing well and also working with a private trainer. He goes to work with his new dad part of the week and gets to be an office dog. He is also doing really well in his new home by all accounts and his trainer has this to say:
“11 week old Hokkaido’s progress is going very well. 4th session today. Leash skills are coming along nicely, introduced him to the agility tunnel which he loved and of course had to include the perch. He has learned all his basic obedience skills and a few other behaviors to date and as important his confidence has improved so much he has become a social butterfly. <happy sigh>”
Some video from this week of the puppies here. The two black/brindle girls are getting ready for their departure dates. We got some CERFs done for them and no surprises there. Vet appointments this week were all great: no murmurs, no hernias, good bites, boys all had testicles, and all got microchipped.
And here is a short video of Retar. I am still interviewing suitable homes for him:
You can see he is very people focused and outgoing and confident. Nice nice puppy.
Lastly, please check out our Amazon Wishlist if you desire to help the breed project but are not ready to own one of these dogs:
I am offering 10 week old Retar for placement. He is my pick Hokkaido puppy from this breeding for type and temperament. I do have 3 intact boys already so I need to place him with a cooperative home who would like to be included in the breed preservation project. He is the white pup with red tones. Retar has a very outgoing, happy, resilient, friendly personality and he likes spending time with people and other dogs. He does a happy howl greeting which is common with this breed. He will make a very nice pet for a person who wants an active dog to take on walks, hikes, swimming, or agility classes. He would also do well in dog shows for a beginner or for fun. He would do best with people who are able to include him in daily activities more often then leave him by himself. He is up to date on vaccines, wormed, microchipped, and started on potty and leash training. Email inquiries to email@example.com
The puppy named Rakko is now renamed Genjiro (Genji) and is settling into his new home. He is rather dapper in his Halloween costume, and his new parents and Shiba sibling are all very excited to have him home.
He was such a pleasure here, very helpful with showing doggy Grandma how to do yard work.
It was also very very nice to meet up with Yezo and Angela and Jun again so Genji’s new family can get a good idea about what he will look like when he is a big boy. Yezo and his Kai sisters remembered me and had a good romp in the back 40 after their long drive from Canada.
The first report indicates Genji is settling in well.
And chunky Yukar, the most mellow puppy of the Hokkaido Legion, has landed himself a wonderful new Dad who hopes to bring him to the office. His first training session is tomorrow and I think he will make a great little office guest.
And thank you for the Bully Sticks! Genko thinks these are manna from Heaven and these buy me 30 minutes to 1 hour of quiet puppies.
She is such an easy to please dog…
And this week we could use some Wellness Puppy KIbbles if anyone is inclined to donate, as well as busy puppy crate training toys like Kongs: Amazon Hokkaido Puppy Wishlist
As always, Genko and the puppies enjoy every one of these generous donations and we would like to send a token of our thanks, so if you have made a donation, please provide me with an address so Genko and pups can show you their appreciation (email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lastly, puppy Retar is still available on a conditional placement for the right home.
I have decided to offer my pick male puppy to a cooperative home and keep his sister Umma, as my current boys won’t be tolerant of another male inside. He has everything I think a nice puppy of any breed should have (outgoing, sweet, sociable, resilient, confident, nice structure, loves to please and loves to work) and he has nice breed type. He is the first puppy to do new things and the first to explore, very bold and ready to take on any challenges. I would love to see him in a home who wants to do some performance work with him as he has all the makings of a very nice worker. Accepting inquiries for this puppy at email@example.com
Puppies are over 8 weeks now, and had their first Vet visit. All are healthy with out hernias, all bites are good, no heart murmurs and all the boys have their testicles. Umma has come with me to Flyball class and has a great little personality. Rakko (now Genji) and Yukar are leaving this coming weekend to local homes and it will be nice getting to see them as they grow. They have been spending more time playing with their mom and the Shibas and learning good doggy manners.
As it has been so rainy here and cold, their outdoor time has been somewhat confined to the covered areas of the yard, but they enjoy it all the same. An important lesson I have learned (oh so many things learned with this one litter already) is that 6 Hokkaido puppies at this age is too many in a group, so splitting them up into two play groups allows me to better manage them individually. They are learning about impulse control and waiting at doors and that keeping their feet on the ground gets them rewards. Such smart little puppies and so eager to please.
And thank you Ben for the awesome supplies of a covered puppy pen and toys:
We could also use some of these right now for the rainy days: