There have been many changes this past year following the importing of a pair of Hokkaido Ken to the U.S. as a group effort. Although Shibas are my number 1 breed, I have retired Farrah from breeding and am enjoying my time with her doing dog sports and drooling over her grandpuppies. Ike and their puppy Marko continue to show and earn Championships/Grand Championships. Getting the Hokkaido breed established here has been my pet project since 2010, although my true passion is with Shibas, and I have plans to continue helping, supporting and working with Shibas and other breeders.
Those of us in the Nihon Ken community with the desire to see the Hokkaido Ken established in the states decided the time was right to conduct the first breeding from our imported pair, Genko and Yezo, which was successful and resulted in 6 wonderful puppies. From there we have pursued AKC-FSS recognition and have begun screening dogs here for genetic illnesses with CERF, OFA and Optimal Selection DNA testing. We have even attended some dog shows with the Hokkaido at Meet the Breed events to help introduce them to the public.
Starting a new breed is HARD WORK! And EXPENSIVE! Good things have certainly come from this endeavor, and looking back, I do not at all regret taking this path. I have met so many wonderful Hokkaido families and what an adventure it has been. I am very excited to announce that Masakado Shiba is now a registered NIPPO kennel for the purposes of furthering the Hokkaido Ken breed, under the NIPPO kennel name of Hokusei Kashinoki, meaning Northwest Oak 北西樫ノ木
*There are no Shiba litters available, however, I have a wait list started for a Spring 2017 breeding of Umma go Hokusei Kashinoki. Dog experienced homes in Western Washington/Oregon preferred. Hokkaido are similar in size and temperament to Shibas and are also a native Japanese treasure breed. Please visit www.hokkaidoken.com or email me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 253.278.1169 if interested*
We went lure coursing again, this time in Enumclaw following some health test clinics, with the young up and comings Marko and Trillium. They both qualified towards their first performance titles and had a blast.
There is a nice 4 year old fully trained Champion Shiba girl who is retired from breeding (and spayed) available to be placed as a single dog, or with an easy going male. She is very sweet, smart and beautiful and is an excellent girl who would be a nice pet for someone not wanting to go through the destructive puppy phase. She would love agility training also, but is a good calm house pet who would be happy to simply spend time on a walk with her humans, or getting attention inside. She is crate trained and house trained, and has always been a house pet (she is not a kennel dog). She has several other Shiba housemates, and now that she is retired, she would prefer to have her humans to herself, or share them with one other easy going dog friend. Please send inquiries to email@example.com
We have attended several Barn Hunt trials in 2015 and Farrah got her RATO, and Ike got an Open leg. Their puppy Marko made his sports debut and got his RATI and his first Novice Leg. Good dogs!
Farrah also participated in several Flyball trials this year so far and got her Flyball Champion SIlver, putting her at #5 for the breed in NAFA standings. Both she and Beebe have several demos lined up with the team and look forward to them.
Farrah also had great fun at several Agility trials this year and needs just one more leg for her Excellent title:
Ike earned his Grand Championship this weekend at the Puyallup Cluster with a nice BOB win, on limited showing. His puppies are carrying on for him and it makes me proud and very thankful to have such a wonderful dog to live with.
In between all these events, we have enjoyed several beach trips and dog vacations, being fortunate to hang out with friends and two of Farrah’s puppies, Taiyo and Chai. What fun we had!
Farrah has made a come back after being out of sports for mommy duty. She earned several titles in just a few weekends, by achieving her Flyball Championship, Open Standard, Open Jumpers and Novice Fast Agility titles. She is now in the top 5 breed ranking for Shibas in Flyball.
Way to go Farrah! Ch San Jo Lillith Fair RN,FDCH,CA,OA,OAJ,NF,RATN,CGC
Ike is completing the requirements for his Grand Championship and has all the required majors, Breed wins and individual judge wins now. We don’t compete much, so it will take a while, but he just needs points from a few more Select (or Breed wins). He did a great job for his last two Bests of Breed and Selects and I’m very proud of how well he showed and that he looked very happy. Too bad the photos didn’t turn out! We had fun traveling overnight but it isn’t something I plan to do a lot of for shows. Maybe for Agility/Flyball trials as the dogs enjoy that so much more…
Mrs Farrah is enjoying a little Agility comeback after being out for so long for mommy duty. We’ve spent a lot of hours with some great Agility instructors over the last months to get trial ready. Mom (me) takes a lot of work still on learning courses and handling, and Farrah lets me know if I am not being fair or fun enough by going to visit people for pets during our runs. Those moments are getting further and further between, so that’s progress.
Running Shibas in agility has challenges, and that takes time and patience, but the good moments are that much more rewarding. I saw some very good things from her at our last two trials, and I felt I had some good things I was able to improve on, so I’m very pleased with where we are right now as a team, but there is lots of room for improvement!
Some of the big changes from our trial moments that we didn’t have 2 years ago vs last weekend is very good weaves, very good contact, sends to tunnels, rear crosses and drive to go forward independently without taking off. Those are the good moments, and when we are good we are great, but when we are bad, it’s pretty awful, but that’s where a good sense of humor comes in handy! And of course zoomies happen and Farrah has no need for contacts during those moments…
So, Farrah got a nice QQ in Std and JWW, followed by her first FAST Q. I will take that any day after a year with no Q’s!