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 email@example.com or phone 253.278.1169 if interested*
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!
I have one young female puppy available for placement on a pet contract. She has had some classes already, vaccines and microchip, and is a really sweet active little girl. She will need a home who has experience with Shibas or a similar breed. She would benefit best with a settled couple who enjoy an active lifestyle who aren’t going to leave her home all day, as she really loves being around people and is oh so smart. I have some other specific requirements as a condition of her placement. This little girl has the potential to be a great hiking, beach bumming, agility, flyball, therapy visits, barn hunting companion (like her mom Farrah). Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out my application.
Ike took a break from his 2 year showing hiatus and weekend warriored it to the Timberland show last weekend for a day, where he took Best of Breed over a nice entry and some top ranked Specials, earning some more Grand Champion points.
In other news we have a brand new litter of 3 and are accepting puppy applications.
A huge thank you to Roberta Parsons of Dancing Shiba Photography for helping me to capture my lovely Ike x Farrah boys. They have been a real joy to experience.
My webpage has also been updated here: http://www.masakadoshiba.com/