I've started to add notes to my Facebook page on enrichment activities the Kishu enjoy. If you have any, feel free to comment and add yours!
Nami will have a 2016 litter. I hope to breed her on her first heat of 2016 - which should be around the middle to end of March.
Her potential suitor (Kishin, at Hakuzan Kennel - 白山犬舎) is a dog produced by Taro's first litter, so I am hoping for a similar litter to her first litter. I'm hoping that both parents will pass on some of their stellar temperament traits to their pups. This litter will likely be energetic and have a high prey drive, so I am looking for active homes, first and foremost. This is likely to be a very similar breeding to the one that produced Fionna and Shirogane and may be Nami's last litter.
Nami has the potential to produce red, sesame, or white puppies when bred to a white stud.
I am accepting a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 deposits for this litter. Nami's last litter was 5 puppies, so there is a chance for more puppies to become available, but I would like 2 committed homes before I continue moving forward. To contact me, get on the waiting list, and/or make a deposit for this litter, please use the contact page to send me an email or contact me on Facebook.
The Nihon Ken Invitational is an annual UKC show hosted by the Japanese Akita Club of America in Gardena, CA, just outside of Los Angeles.
This year was the first year that I have attended with the Kishu girls and I hope to make it a trend that will continue next year! It was a long drive from Portland, Oregon, but it wasn't a bad drive and while I was happy to be home after the long trip, I'll never forget my experiences on the road and at the show. It was great to meet up with friends I've known through the internet, involved in other Japanese breeds and it was great to get the Kishu out there.
Nami was the first Kishu to officially earn points in the UKC. She's earned 25/100 points toward her CH in the UKC. I received a call from the UKC the day after this show to inform me that the temporary listing numbers I purchased hadn't processed fully for the first show we attended, so they won't be counted toward any titles, but that doesn't take away the value of the experience.
We met many awesome dogs and saw so many Japanese Akitas (of course)! I highly recommend this event to anyone interested in the Japanese breeds next year!
Here are some shots from the show... I didn't get ANY of Japanese Akitas that turned out any good. Many hands and faces in the way. :( I'm kind of disappointed.