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 email@example.com 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/
We had an extra special visit from the puppies dad, Yezo, and his family on the puppies 4 weeks old birthday. OMG there were 8 Hokkaido, 2 Kai, and 4 Shiba (not all out together). The puppies were definitely the stars of the show. Thank you Angela and Jun (and Yezo), it was nice to see everyone again.
4 weeks old puppy video
Little Retar is a camera ham. He loves people and exploring things first. Great personality on this little white puppy.
Angela getting charmed by Retar…Yukar fell asleep under the bushes.
Genko is so naked and skinny right now, she is enjoying her fleece sweaters and Ruffwear coat these days as the weather chills.
Didn’t many good shots of Yezo, but he remembered me and is just such a sweet wonderful daddy dog. He and Genko shared a few moments after she reminded him not to get too close…They made some really pretty puppies.
Jun with Umma and Kunne…
The innocent little babies (who earlier found a way to escape the play pen and went on a big soggy adventure all over the kitchen).
And another big thank you to the HANA supporters and their generous donations. We still have a few things we will need soon, like the covered puppy pen, play tunnel, Wellness puppy food, toys, chews, etc, but we so appreciate all the generosity to date!
Hokkaido Puppy Wish List
Reblogged from The Nihon Ken Blog:
This would be a very nice puppy to have in the states!
“There a female puppy that will be coming to my house in a week or so that is in need of a home.
I had one lined up for her, but things didn’t work out at the last minute. If anyone’s interested, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss the details.
As you can see, she’s a very nice pup. She’s out of a Howa Sou, a kennel that produces really nice white show dogs. The Hokkaido is not the breed for everyone as they’re a pretty high energy vocal hunting breed, and I’ll be vetting prospective owners accordingly. She was born on the 24th of May.”
It’s been a long gap in any activity on this blog, but the Club, now the Hokkaido Association of North America (HANA), has been organizing and making plans to import some precious Hokkaido puppies this year and next.
We also have an official webpage at www.hokkaidoken.com.
The club has the opportunity to make some crucial imports this year and next from some very rare lines in Japan, including some hunting kennels. This is an expensive endeavor, but one the club feels is necessary to establish a healthy breeding population here in earnest. If you would like to help gets these valuable bloodlines to the US, please consider a monetary donation to HANA, or, consider co-owning or housing one of these amazing dogs yourself so the club will be able to use it for future breeding.