I've really become terrible at updating this news log, but Nami's litter was born on July 9th, late at night, and we welcomed 3 males and 1 female. I ended up with 1 sesame boy, 1 red boy, and 1 white boy, with a sesame female to end the batch. All pups have homes. They are nearly 4 weeks old. The white boy will stay in a local pet home, intact, to evaluate later as a potential stud. Still undecided on the other two boys, but I'm excited to see them develop, too. The little red boy is a carbon copy of his mom's personality. Kissy-to-the-core.
Bubba, "Daikokuten go" (formerly known as "Coyote" under his puppy name) from Fionna's litter is slated to leave on Friday, the 11th, for his new home in Finland. He is our trade for a new import from a mated litter over there, so if everything works out we'll be looking at a new boy at our kennel soon enough, too. Bubba has been growing up pretty nicely, and has really developed well. He's got a great expression, compared to his mom, and has great substance. I really like him. He's a sweet little dog. Not a person comes across him that doesn't want to take him home.
I'm also expecting a female Japanese import come September, so it'll be a year of new and exciting things coming up.
Speaking of new and exciting things, AKC paperwork is finally processing after a long time waiting.
I'll have to make a post about the AKC all of its own.
Litter 3 was confirmed! 5 puppies were seen on our ultrasound on June 1st, 2017. I'm very excited!
If you are looking for an active companion in your Kishu Ken, or looking for a sporting or conformation dog, please contact me via email or my contact form. This will be Nami's final litter so I am putting a heavy emphasis on wanting homes that will be active in sports, shows, or the community and will be amenable to keeping their dogs intact for future preservation.
If you have submitted a puppy application and I have not contacted you, please send me an email and I will catch up with you.
Nami went to the vet today to get some progesterone testing done. Looks like she's just entering her fertile cycle, so we have a recheck on Tuesday to check in with her progesterone and start ovulation timing.
This will be Nami's second and final litter. Nami has the ability to throw red, sesame, or white pups depending on who she is paired to, and for this final litter I have narrowed down to 2 different potential sires among our US dogs...
"Riki" is a 2 year old male from Hakuzan Kennel's first litter. He is a nice, healthy Kishu with great structure and a nice temperament, owned by Gen at Sagami no Roushya - the kennel Nami was at prior to coming to me. Riki has the possibility, by parentage, to throw white, sesame, or red puppies. He has a nice, harsh coat with a good undercoat and I saw no evidence of allergies or skin irritation. His downside is that he will be a linebreeding on Nami (who is his grandmother on his sire's side.) The benefit to such a linebreeding is producing Kishu with nice type and predictable personalities. The downside is, as a preservation breeder, my goal is always to go for the most diverse pairing I can produce, to ensure robustness and genetic health. However, I think these pups would make fine, active companions and would still have a place in our population for preservation.
Click here to view the pedigree for this litter.
"Cuchulainn" is another choice for sire to this litter, and a half-brother to Riki whose pedigree does not include Nami or any of the dogs in her ancestry. His drawback is his age - Cuchulainn is not yet mature, at only 15 months, but is otherwise a great genetic and pedigree match for producing diverse offspring with Nami. He can throw white or red coated puppies, so a litter between him and Nami would produce mostly red, with a chance for red sesame or white. My major concern other than Cuchulainn's age is producing very intense puppies. Nami is an easy dog now, but these puppies are likely to be very high energy and driven to run and Do Things - which could be great for homes seeking active companions.
Click here to view a testmating pedigree of this litter.