Hokkaido Updates

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:

Link: http://amzn.com/w/35CA4TV83KTJO


A huge thanks to Val for the wonderful gift of Ruffwear gear for Genko and Umma!


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.


Kurasi at the Vet this week.


Kunne at the Vet getting her Health Certificate.




The black brindle girls a few weeks ago with their doggy grandma on a cold winter day.


After the blow dry at the groomer, not their favorite but they survived.


Umma all spic and span (and a little worried but not terribly so).

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.




A blurry group photo as they wait to come inside for their homemade dinner.

Apologies for the lack of good quality photos and video. The only camera I have on hand is on my cell phone.

Hokkaido Puppy Retar is Available for Placement

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 info@hokkaidoken.org

Hokkaido Puppies are 9 Weeks Old and 2 New Owners, Pup for Sale

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 info@hokkaidoken.org)

Lastly, puppy Retar is still available on a conditional placement for the right home.

8 Weeks Old Hokkaido Puppies, Puppy for Placement

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 info@hokkaidoken.org


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:


and these:


Hokkaido Puppy Wishlist