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.
Our first import for the preservation program is "Gomataro go Bousou Yawara Sou" - he's a sesame pup who has gone to a cooperative home. So far, he's a very people-oriented little dog with a relaxed personality and a great temperament.
Fionna's My Dog DNA health test came back!
Her Genetic Health Index is 102 - which is much greater than Nami's (71). When it comes to GHI, the only Japanese dog tested that has a higher result than her in the public database is an American Akita. This is awesome news! Genetically, the company says the results for the Kishu tested (Nami and Fionna) are probably most similar to the Hokkaido (only 1 tested), then the Shikoku, Shiba, and American Akita (graph in the pictures below). These results may change as more dogs in the breed are tested. With only two individuals in the public database (Nami and Fionna) and fewer than 30 dogs tested in total, the lab cannot generate breed-specific results.
Her coat color test is:
Both Nami and Fionna were clear of all the genetic health issues the company tests for.