Good news! Sharing puppy updates via Umma’s blog Puppy Countdown Has Begun!
August 7th is the due date, puppies from our Umma and the nice red import boy Ashitaka. Exciting times in the Hokkaido Haus. This is the 3rd Hokkaido litter for Hokusei Kashinoki and we will be doing AKC-FSS recording until Ashi’s Nippo papers can be sorted out.
Litter number 3 on the way for Hokusei Kashinoki (my Hokkaido breeding program)!
Happy to announce that Umma was bred earlier to Ashitaka and ultrasound shows 6 healthy heartbeats. Although it’s early, I’m really excited to see this litter as it’s a great match and there is potential for CEA carriers (which is needed as there are too many affecteds) as Umma is a carrier (she also has excellent hips). Gene swabs for eye testing are ready to go and we will also of course do the genetic eye screens at the ophthalmologist.
I know this litter will be doted on and I’m extremely excited to go through this process with Umma’s amazing family as this will be their first whelping experience. All hands on deck! Eager to start planning for puppy parties this summer. Depending on what is born, I will also have a couple spots open on this waitlist for reservations.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries about my waitlist process.
I have my next 3-4 breedings planned and am screening for a few more spots for 2018, and curating an interest list for 2019. I get dozens of inquiries each week but very few are suitable to join my extended hokkaido family. I also don’t take deposits far in advance. I need dedicated homes who are understanding of the culture Hokkaido come from, who are interested in learning about and discussing the breed, with the appropriate physical means to care for these dogs. That includes:
- Stable housing, preferably local.
- Relevent dog experience or desire to go through the paces and visit my dogs multiple times for new dog owner education.
- Access to yard/parks for potty and exercise.
- Ability to hire a dog sitter/walker/dog daycare if working away from the home where the puppy would otherwise be confined for greater than 4 hour stretches of time on a ROUTINE basis, ie, if you work 8 hour days 5 days a week, you’ll need to get breaks for your puppy somehow for potty, exercise, and socialization.
- Must take puppy classes before puppy hits the 12 week mark, and an additional set of higher level general training class that is not specifically for puppies.
- Pet insurance: must be able to pay for monthly pet insurance, or set up a pet savings account for emergencies.
- Spay/Neuter: I place all of my dogs on conditional contracts and some puppies will be required to be kept intact until physical maturity to determine suitability for breeding. This is a preservation effort and my breedings are geared towards that, so some homes I give greater preference too if they are willing to co-own and make their dog available to me later on for breeding if it’s determined that pet is of good physical and mental quality to assist in preservation.
- Engagement: I want to know a potential home values their Hokkaido by demonstrating how well they will take care of it, and not just wanting one to be an ornament or status symbol. Things like hikes, camping, sleeping with the family, road trips, classes together, going to the beach etc are all things a Hokkaido would love to do and those are plans I like to see potential families make for their puppies.
Here is my line up of potential breedings:
- Summer 2018: Kurasi x Import
- Summer 2018: Umma x Ashi
- 2019: Umma x Import?
- 2019: Miki x frozen sperm from Genji or Teddy depending on Miki’s health checks. Here is an updated photo of one of the most easy going Hokkaido boys I know, Teddy (Yukar go Hokusei Kashinoki):
Teddy is a certified office dog and lives in a townhouse in Seattle with his best human pal. They walk to work together and he has a pretty decent range of tricks by all accounts. He’s a very good boy! Teddy had preliminary hip X-rays and OFAs about 1 year ago and they indicated possibly mild hip dysplagia. He has everything else I want for Miki but it will depend on how her hips turn out later this year.
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Puppies have all been in their new homes for about a week and by all accounts are settling in well. Three of them have Instagram accounts and the fourth needs to get with it! Anyways, here is some spam and links of the little guys:
Koji (black and tan boy with large white spot). He now lives with his grandma Genko near Seattle and they can be found on their Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/genkoandkoji/
Oni (formerly the smaller Black and Tan boy with the small white spot):
He lives in New Hampshire. His Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/yokai.oni/
Aiko (formerly Princess Piddles) also lives near Seattle and her ‘gram is https://www.instagram.com/aiko_the_hokkaido/
Lastly, the little brindle sniffly bear Matsu, who lives in Portland with a beautiful cat named Ransom. His people owned Mino (Retar) and are very happy to have this little guy. He is a very silly puppy!
Pups are now 8 weeks and had their Opthamologist genetic eye screens. They are CEA affected but the eye vet did not feel this will impact them overall. I’ll be using the data to track, guide and improve my future Hokkaido breeding plans.
They also just got shots and chips (8 weeks). My repro vet likes brindle boy (Matsu) the best and the girl is equally nice (Aiko). The Black and Tan boy Koji is a bit gangly right now, but Oni seems pretty put together. The boys all have both testicles, hearts are all perfect, bites are spot on, and they were very happy to play “Pass the Puppy” with the staff.
I really like this litter and feel it is a solid improvement for my Hokkaido breeding. I am very glad to have been able to use Ashi and glad that he passed on so many wonderful traits to these pups. They are really neat little guys and this has been a fun puppy experience.
I would like to incorporate a nice show line female and male that are carriers/clear, to use with any Miki/Genji or Umma/Ashi offspring. It’s important to address CEA, but preventing the gene pool from shrinking by excluding too many dogs would not be wise. I have no regrets about producing these babies!
Kurasi aka Fruit Bat
I’ve decided that I will be placing Kurasi in a permanent retirement home when she is done with mommy duty. She has bounced around a bit due to various extenuating circumstances in her prior homes after leaving me (she was born here) and in her best interest, she will be spayed and retired from breeding.
She’s been a great easy mom and is shockingly good in the house and when crated, so of course it would be great to see her in a cooperative breeding home where she could still contribute to the breed, but there just aren’t many viable breeding options for her.
She has some personality quirks but they are not unmanageable and she is ridiculously sweet and devoted. Excellent off leash and on, and likes to sing to her people (like Hokkaido do…) Anyways, email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking of puppies, only 2 more weeks before her very nice litter goes to their forever homes. They are all doing well and have their first Vet visit and eye checks scheduled. They are mostly weaned and potty training is going way better than anticipated. Lots of visitors through the week and Shiba aunties/uncles to teach them good dog manners. Some pictures from today!
I have been very tardy to post updates in the last few weeks….I was injured on the job (whiplash) and have been off work for a few months. I recently returned for a few hours a day, with injury rehab and chiropractic visits in between that so time is flying and I have a photo bomb on the way, but until then, here are some just now updates from 1am (since I’m too sore to sleep). Puppies are all fine and good btw and will be 4 weeks old on Tuesday: