Cuchulainn (Hakuzan no Sekirou go Hakuzan Ryousou) and I represented the breed at 2 AKC Open shows for the FSS breeds in December and January. Cuchulainn is not a superb example of the NIPPO standard Kishu Ken, but he is a very friendly dog who moves well, and everyone loves to meet. Furthermore, he LOVES the conformation ring.
I've had people tell me that I should only be bringing our best dogs in the ring - the dogs that fit the standard the best. I don't disagree, necessarily, but right now with the state of the Kishu breed, and how few people are showing conformation, I would like to start small, and at least show the AKC that there is interest in the breed - and the only way to do that is participating. I would love to see us in a place where I can offer only the best-of-the-best for conformation.
I selected Cuchulainn as my conformation dog because he genuinely seems to love (and even live for!) the sport. He's very excited to be at shows, and very happy to be in the ring with the judge. He's a dynamic dog that people like to meet.
We took BOB for both shows, but did not place in group. We need a little more work on our standing still during judging - he wants to greet the judge too much, and wiggles a bit too much for their liking during exam. He is still slightly reactive to other strange dogs (especially strange dogs wearing strange things), but was very well behaved, overall.
I have a young, white-coated, male pup coming available under co-ownership. He is a Finnish import, from Japanese import parents. The dam is a hunting dog, proven on boar in Japan. The sire and offspring from a prior litter have been shown successfully in Europe. This pup is a near-total outcross from our current dogs in North America on both sides of his pedigree, and may help bring some breed type to our primarily hunting-line dogs. He will be FCI and NIPPO registered at the time of import and eligible for registration with the AKC-FSS, UKC, and ARBA.
Valuable qualities in a co-own home are individuals who are willing to be flexible, keep their dogs intact without independent breeding (which will be stated in the contract signed), and be active with their dogs. I have heavy preference toward homes within reasonable driving distance of Portland, Oregon.
If you are interested in this boy (currently under the call name "Jason"), please email me at email@example.com or contact me through the "contact" page.
I've unexpectedly come into news of a large number of Kishu Ken available for placement. There are currently 4 older puppies or adult dogs in the US in need of new homes, and a number of puppies in Japan I have been made aware of. Additionally, a friend has had a litter in Finland with one puppy potentially available, so I'm going to list them all out here for your convenience! I'm going to start with the dogs currently here in the USA.
These dogs are currently being housed at Hakuzan Kennel. In order to inquire about these Kishu, please contact Hakuzan Kennel directly either on Facebook or via email.
Female Dogs available
Male Dogs available