Hokkaido Puppies Available April 2017

There are some very nice Hokkaido puppies from a litter in Japan for sale. I am traveling to Tokyo with a group and will be able to bring one or both back with me to the states in April, with stops in LA area and then Seattle. Two red girls are available still. There would be a significant savings on shipping fees (often $1500 for live cargo back from Japan!) Co-ownership would be ideal for breeding purposes and I could negotiate on sharing cost of import to the right home. Please let me know if you are interested and I can get more information for you.


2016 Hokkaido Club Updates

There is 1 more puppy reservation spot available for the Hokusei Kashinoki “B” litter with anticipated pick up time in Fall 2017. Parents will be Umma and Kuma. The “C” and “D” litters are also being planned. In preparation for upcoming breedings, a planned import, planned health tests and breeding fees (parents are on opposite ends of the country), the club is again accepting donations to offset travel to https://www.paypal.me/Hokkaido

The puppy wish list is also updated:

Hokkaido Puppy Wish List Link: https://amzn.com/w/35CA4TV83KTJO

Genetic Testing: the Hokkaido club is submitting DNA samples for a gene study sponsored by Mars Veterinary. We have been offered a limited number of free testing kits and encourage any owners near or far to contact the club if you wish to be sent testing kits to use on your Hokkaido. Ideally we want dogs from North America, but lines related to our dogs domestically should also be represented internationally. Please send a request with your name, dogs info, and a mailing address to info@hokkaidoken.org if you wish to participate.


An update we have been eagerly waiting to announce: a wonderful home came to meet Genko and they all fell in love with each other immediately. Genko is now living close by with her very own people and their child, and very much in heaven by all accounts. She is a wonderful house pet and she so deserved this after having so much instability in her life just before moving to Washington. Her OFAs are also now available and her DNA is submitted to Optimal Selection. To keep up to date on Genko’s adventures, she has her own Instagram at helloimgenko https://www.instagram.com/helloimgenko/

Lastly, one of Genko’s sons, brindle boy Genji (Genjiro go Hokusei Kashinoki) is now collected and stored with ICSB, and we plan to collect his nice white brother Teddy to keep on hand for future use as well with compatible club females. Genji’s OFAs and gene testing are scheduled, and plans are underway for Teddy’s evaluation as well. Results will be shared here when available.

Young Adult Female for Placement

Please email info@hokkaidoken.org with inquiries, or phone 253.278.1169 if interested in a young adult female Hokkaido. Fully house trained, excellent with adults and children, well socialized to dogs, leash trained and crate trained. Current on vaccines and will be spayed prior to placement. Dog experienced homes in Western Washington preferred. Reduced rehoming fee.

Puppy Visitors

Puppies received several visitors today, with a very special guest appearance by the 1st Hokkaido I ever met, the one who really charmed my socks off, the famous Meitou (and his wonderful mom). Genko has met them both before, and was careful to remind Meitou about her personal space bubble. And Meitou totally ignored her 😉





He was really great with the puppies and it was exciting to compare all 8 Hokkaido to each other…a very nice opportunity!


Lastly, today was Christmas for the Hokka pups and Genko when we opened the very thoughtful and generous wishlist packages. I was speechless at the generosity! Thank you sooo much Karilyn and Cam! Also thank you Jen, I know the puppies enjoyed your tasty shoes. And a big thank you to Wendy for getting to know my dogs today, and most especially for your quick thinking (words cannot express what that means to me).

A more detailed puppy progress report will be provided within the next few days. They are really becoming their own dogs!

3 Little Pigs in a Blanket

Puppies are 6 weeks old this weekend and we are looking forward to some more special visitors. We are also keeping our paws crossed for some big news on the horizon (several big news’ actually). Anyways, some pretty big deal things  coming up for HANA and we are so greatful for all the support received to date. To conclude, a photo of three of the puppies being ferried about the house and outside in an Outward Hound puppy sling while I do chores:


And momma Genko getting away with breakfast murder by charming doggy grandma after snatching her bagel off the counter. It’s hard to be angry at her!


Special Visitors, and Puppy Names

We have had some very special visitors the last few weeks.

Thank you Jennifer for  bringing Kiba and Taro (Kai and Shiba) over to play with the dogs and for taking Shiba puppy photos.

Also thanks to CJ for stopping by with her Kishu Krew and Kamera…She got some wonderful shots of momma Genko and babies:



Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 are now “Rakko” and “Kurasi”

Rakko is the smaller brindle boy, and his name means “Otter”, and it’s a great name for this guy who is a little survivor.

Kurasi is Ainu for dark. She is the darkest puppy.


Puppy 6, the very white male on the left, is now “Retar”, the Ainu word for white.

His brother puppy 4, the white pup with lots of red, is named “Yukar”, who Meitou the white Hokkaido picked out 🙂 Yukar are Ainu heroic/epic stories. Yukar is sure to have some of those about him.


Puppy 3, the large black/tan/brindle girl, is now “Kunne”, which is Ainu for black.

And lastly, her brindle sister, puppy 5, is the largest girl of the litter, and we decided to name her “Umma”, which means horse. I think it’s a very pretty name for this not so little girl. These two girls will be staying on a bit longer so I can evaluate which is the better fit to take over for Genko.


I checked several of the available online dictionaries for Ainu translations…I hope they were accurate! If you the readers see an error there, please let me know. I would hope I am not unknowingly calling any of them “Bilge water” or “Outhouse” or something unflattering lol.

One more thing, thank you SO MUCH for those who have helped me fulfill some of the Hokkaido Puppy Amazon Wishlist https://amzn.com/w/35CA4TV83KTJO

We got a couple orders already, and another big box of puppy pads!


Genko’s Care

Since I prefer picture posts, I’m going to add a second part for today’s posting regarding what I’ve been supplementing/feeding Genko with. She has been getting the following since she had puppies:


Items listed are: Solid Gold Puppy, Evangers canned lamb/rice, a vitamin supplement, Honest Kitchen goat milk ProBloom, Endosorb tabs, Fish oil, Forti Flora, and pumpkin powder.

As you can maybe tell, we have been dealing with some loose stool as she ate all of the placentas pretty much immediately as they came out. With 6 puppies? The aftermath is well, messy, and the puppies aren’t even on their feet yet.

So, when I got my 2nd big box of Nature’s Miracle 100ct Tropical scented puppy pads today from Amazon, you can imagine I was especially excited. She went through one box already this week…100ct. That’s a lot of poo, but birth is a messy thing, so not unexpected. And the bulking agents and probiotics do really help, it’s just a natural process that takes time to clear out of the momma dogs system.

Before she was bred, at the recommendation of my Reproductive Vet, she was given folic acid, fish oil, probiotics, and Vitamin E. No cleft palates or neural tube defects later, I’m glad I’ve done the extra work. She was also wormed heavily just in case.

I am also feeding her 3-4 times a day, which she enjoys (and getting tidbits and chewies too). There’s a lot of work that goes into a healthy mom and babies!

Puppies 1 Week Old Now

Well puppies are now 1 week old and  the smallest are nearly a pound, still obviously smaller, but holding their own. Genko is bored and feeling like her old self again, bringing me toys to play with her and wanting to spend time with her Shiba boyfriends. 

The puppy room heating pad and heat lamp are off most of the time as it’s been warm out, and they twitch their little ears now so I think they are hearing for the first time. I have been playing my “Puppy Sounds” CD and they have the Classical Radio Station on the rest of the time.

They are handled multiple times during the day, and held and their feet touched…everything I would do for a Shiba litter. Once their eyes open, then the real fun begins!