Available Female Puppy November 15, 2022

Available Female Puppy November 15, 2022

I am rehoming a 6 month old red sesame female puppy “Vespa” as of 11/15/22. She is up to date on all vaccines and vet care. She has had some show training but doesn’t seem to enjoy the dog show process. She is on the small side, very pretty and sweet. She is bossy when she plays and head strong during training so would do best with boy dogs or as an only. Local experienced homes preferred, and homes with secure yards or good dog walking opportunities nearby. She is a very athletic smart and sweet girl and will be an excellent companion! Standard puppy fee and spay contract required. Email to masakadoshiba@hotmail.com for pictures and more info. 

Hokkaido Puppies Available Now, Spring 2022

There is a litter of health tested Hokkaido puppies (red, 8 weeks old) available now (March 2022) in Kansas from imported parents. Puppies are also temperament tested, chipped and vaccinated. Parents are lovely dogs and breeder is an approved Hokkaido Association breeder. Please contact Mary at mary@muttschool-ks.com for more information and price. Facebook page for the litter ”Happiness is a Warm Hokkaido Puppy” https://m.facebook.com/groups/225530442990293/?tsid=0.4162919142235776&source=result

Shiba 2020 Updates

It’s been a goodly while, but I’ll do a quick update of mostly pictures over the last year, and start with this big gober who never gets much social media exposure since he’s busy working all the time. This is Esquire Grym, my Caucasian Ovcharka and property protection. He’s great at what he does:

I added some pack members, and went to some dog shows far and near, but that is all on hold now due the pandemic:

This is San Jo Coco Chanel, and she is a young lady who is just visiting so we can play show dog. She is super sweet and a niece to my boy Ike.

Next, Marko and I hit some specialty shows in California and Washington and did some big winning. It has all gone to his head of course!

Later on before everything closed down, we did squeeze in some playdates with all our Hokkaido and Shiba friends!


Shiba Kibou, with Hokkaido friends Fuchi and Umma

Hokkaido princess Aiko, with Kibou

Hokkaido princess Aiko, with Shibas Kibou and Ichika

Shibas Ike and Eva, and Hokkaido Mio in the background


Great Grandpa Ike, who just turned 13! Doesn’t look a day over 9

Left to right, Shibas Trillium, Bruno, Kibou, Ike and Eli

And lastly, we welcomed some young pack members! Introducing our next generation, from Eva and Riki. Her little red girl is staying with us, and I am calling her Tori. Her black and tan brother Angus (San Jo Back in Black) will be living it up with his co-breeder.

 “Tori” Masakado Miss Victory, the Princess Royal

 Sleepy nap time puppies (the best kind of puppies) Angus and Tori

Hokkaido Male Pup Available in Japan

If anyone is interested in importing and worried about finding a quality pup that is healthy, this would be a great chance to take advantage of as he is getting additional health checks in Japan, and is not a CEA affected. I AM WILLING TO SHARE IMPORT FEES TO GET HIM TO THE US!

From the original post at https://nihonken.blogspot.com/2019/03/available-hokkaido-puppy.html?fbclid=IwAR0MoiHdbJtt6hZ27Navm8IQOcKAZ8lbHWvX0EntZL4SuK5WgnneYuzu-_c&m=1

“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 kato.the.walrus@gmail.com”




Mio the Hokkaido Puppy


Little Mio is growing up and is a very very good girl. She just finished her puppy shots and has done really well overall. I’m still wanting to place her in her own home where she can have more adventures. She’s a great house dog and fairly quiet and content to hang out inside with a chewy. Of course she loves the snow and her outside time but prefers coming inside after she’s done with her business. She would love a dog friend in her new home. She knows sit and is doing really well with leash training. She still has some car sickness but that is slowly improving. She will be available for a very reasonable rehoming fee. Please send information requests to masakadoshiba@hotmail.com

We are in Western Washington and she will be placed with a co-ownership.


Available Hokkaido for Placement Jan 2019

I am still looking for a cooperative home in the area for my red imported Hokkaido girl, that I am calling Mio. She was born in September and has her genetic testing complete, along with JKC and HKH registration. My ideal home will agree to keep her intact for possible breeding later on. As a pet, she is very sweet, is doing well with leash manners, is crate trained, house trained and gets along well with the Shibas.

Mio is adapting well overall especially considering she was imported from a typical Japanese Kennel. She has also made her show debut last weekend in Puyallup, WA for the AKC Open/FSS breeds show. She did way better than I expected and has really become more confident and social after some intensive efforts to get her exposed to new sights and sounds and situations.

I’m asking for a very modest fee to the right home as long as she is kept intact and returned to me for breeding. She is most definitely worthy of breed preservation! Please send email to masakadoshiba@hotmail.com for more information about Mio and her placement.

Available Puppy December 2018: Red Import Female

If you haven’t been following my Hokkaido adventures on Facebook, I recently imported 3 Hokkaido puppies from Japan for breed preservation purposes, in conjunction with fellow US Hokkaido kennels. There were two boys and a red girl and they have been delightful little dogs. The boys are in their co-own homes and I held onto the red girl.


Puppy loves her scritches.

She is a lovely little 4 month old and is fantastic inside. She’s gone on several adventures to feed stores already, met new people, plays well with my Shiba pack, is crate trained, and walks nicely on the leash. I would like her to go to a co-own home local to me in Tacoma/Seattle area that will let her grow up without being spayed, and stay in contact with me.


She is very good for baths.

Why don’t I keep her here with me? She gets along well, is pretty easy to live with especially considering that she is an import, and cute as a button. She has also really blossomed socially since her puppy pals left. Happily there is nothing difficult to manage with her or medically amiss. My only desire in placing her in a cooperative home is for her to get one to one and grow up like a normal puppy until I determine that she is able to be bred (passes her health tests etc). In exchange, her new co-owners will have the rare opportunity to have their own import Hokkaido, contribute to a greater cause, and have breeder support. Not to mention, she is well started on training, microchipped, dewormed, with first vaccines. If nothing suitable is found, I of course will raise her here with the Shiba pack.


She pays really close attention to her people.

Her given name is Tomomi…that could be shortened to Tomo, Momi, Mimi…I still haven’t really settled on anything yet. Please email me at masakadoshiba@hotmail.com for more details about her placement. Fee is reasonable. She is already a great little pet. Also she loves playing fetch!


She was a big hit at the hardware store while we went Christmas shopping

Announcement: Shiba Litter Plans Jan. 2019

My exciting announcement is that I have Shiba puppies due! Also, my last hokkaido puppy Hana, has a new home and is doing very well and has a Shiba (and human boys) of her very own.


From Hana’s family:

“Just wanted to let you know that Hanako made it home and is happy as can be. She seemed to walk in as if she knew the place :-). She is eating well, eliminating well, slept through the night perfectly in her kennel and has been super cute and sweet getting to know (our Shiba). Thank you so very much for Hanako. We couldn’t be happier. Happy Thanksgiving!!”

It will have been nearly 4 years since I had plans for my last Shiba breeding. After a bungled up emergency C-section in the wee hours of the morning, that would have been completely preventable, I was heartbroken, grief stricken, self loathing from guilt, and ready to never breed another Shiba litter.

I lost 2/3rds of what promised to have been a beautiful litter, and nearly lost Farrah. I went to the ER planning to leave with 4 little souls, and left with none. The image I had to console me as I left in tears, was Farrah barely alive in intensive care, her two lifeless perfect puppies on a cold exam table, and her one surviving puppy precariously holding on in an incubator.

I left with more questions than answers, always wondering how hard they tried to revive them and why did she have to suffer so long before finally going in for a section (strictures that nobody knew exisited, blocking her birth canal).

To rub salt in a fresh wound, the hospital disposed of my puppies against my wishes (I wanted them privately cremated and returned so I could bury them here where they could always be with their family). Instead they went to a landfill like garbage.

My Shiba babies are so precious to me, they are survivors and they exist because of inumerable people making a conscious effort to preserve them. I felt like I was directly responsible for causing these puppies deaths. Going forward with breeding seemed impossible. I couldn’t stand to see any of them hurting, or worse, dying in surgery. I lost my nerve, and to this day I still cry over what happened.

I know they are not people, and I’ve had friends who lost infants during delivery and I can’t imagine that pain (nor would I want to).  But still, it stings to think about it now even though it was just two puppies.

So I decided to become more involved in Hokkaido as they are in great need of preservation efforts, and I benefited from having that experience to help me become a better breeder. Although they have their own challenges as a breed, I was glad to feel useful again in some aspect of Japanese breed preservation.


Handsome Riku

I also found some healing when I saw Farrah’s last puppy Riku going out into the world and doing so well with his loving family. He is simply a stunning boy and I’m so happy he is thriving and contributing to the breed. That gave me the desire to want to stay active in the breed, and possibly breed Shibas again. And one day, I got a push in the right direction when Farrah’s grand daughter, Eva, was graciously allowed by her breeder Leslie to be a part of my little family unit.


Eva is such a sweet girl and I see her dad and grandparents in her (her grandparents Ike and Farrah are my revered King and Queen Shibas at home). Anyways, she passed all her health tests and became an AKC champion and we decided to breed her to a beautiful Black and Tan champion male, who is an outcross to my lines.


Eva will be due in January and I am now formally accepting Shiba puppy applications. Most will be held back for showing and breeding, but there is a chance I will have 1 or 2 to may place into only the very best local homes in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

I also have a red female Hokkaido import puppy I was offered to improve my Hokkaido lines, and may opt to place her locally into a cooperative pet home for breed preservation, at a reduced fee on a co-ownernship. Please email me at masakadoshiba@hotmail.com for more details about planned puppies.

This Little Hokkaido Went to Market

Hana went out to get some groceries since Reber Ranch had a good sale. We found a great deal on the Shiba food (First Mate) and some good treats for puppies. Hana was a super star! She did so well and was more than happy to ride around in her crate in the cart, and later walk around the store on leash with a collar (her first time doing either). She was so good on leash and happy to wear her puppy necklace. And let me add, there was zero leash drama. She walked with me like a seasoned adult dog (Dog bless the natural Hokkaido tendency to stay with you nicely while walking).

She happily took treats from strangers and greeted people nicely (with a little excitement pee that is normal for my hokkaido puppies). She was also super at riding in her crate in the car and generally a happy content well adjusted puppy. She is still available for placement and it’s surprising to all who meet her as she is precious and adorable and sweet and really a very good little girl who will make a fantastic pet.

Without further ado, here she is in her shopping adventure:


String cheese is the best!

We took the time to a tiny bit of training:

Working on sits in new places is hard for a puppy!


We also have a cute tummy and aren’t shy about showing it to everyone!