Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Two Months and Kicking

The Bunta x Chacha pups are 2 months and kicking, and I had a chance to snap some video.

I've got serious puppy overload at the moment. The only thing for it is to sit on the floor and let the pups crawl all over me till all the stress involved in caring for multiple litters passes. If anyone's looking for Shikoku pups, I might have a few haha.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Hokkaido Ken Standard: size

I realized that there was a mistake in my listing of the Hokkaido Ken standard size on this blog. Oops. I just corrected it, but I mistakenly listed the Hokkaido Ken Hozonkai (the premier Hokkaido Ken preservation society/registry in the world) standard's size for the breed to be 48.5-51.5cm for males, and 45.5-48.5cm for females. That's the size the JKC and FCI list, but again (drumroll please) it looks like they fudged it up. The correct size is... 48.5cm at the withers for males, 45.5cm for females, WITH AN ALLOWANCE OF 3CM ABOVE AND BELOW these standard sizes.

The Hokkaido Ken is a medium sized, strongly built dog. They have longer thicker coats than the other Japanese breeds, and also have wider chests, and smaller ears. Like all the Nihon Ken, they have a double coat made up of protective coarse outer guard hairs, and a fine thick undercoat that is shed seasonally. The breed comes in several colors: white, red, black, brindle, sesame, and wolf grey (HKH). Many Hokkaido also have spotting on their tongues. The breed has prick ears, and curl or sickle type tails. Dogs should be 48.5cm, and bitches 45.5cm at the withers with an allowance of +/−3cm (HKH). The JKC/FCI standard seems to have missed the mark in their standard, since they list the size as dogs 48.5-51.5cm, and bitches 45.5-48.5cm. NIPPO lumps the Hokkaido into the medium size category which lists dogs at 49-55cm, and bitches at 46-52cm.

Just thought I should put that out there before I forget to blog it.


Available Shikoku Pups

It's the first day of the hunting season, but I've got to get out to Tokyo for some work. I did spend some time snapping pictures of the multitude of puppies at my house. These two have a few interested parties, but they don't have solid homes yet. They were born on the 20th of August.

This first one is a female.

And then her brother, a red sesame male.

My email address is kato.the.walrus@gmail.com for anyone who's got any questions about them.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Importing a Dog From Japan to Hawaii

Every now and again I receive a request about exporting a dog from Japan to Hawaii. Hawaii has some pretty strict import regulations that take quite a bit of time to clear. Actually, the regulations are similar to Japan's import regulations. You can find the official Hawaiian regulations here http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/aqs/animal-quarantine-information-page/

The following paragraph is taken from the website verbatim:
Due to the minimum amount of time needed to prepare a puppy or kitten to meet the requirements of the 5-Day-Or-Less program, a puppy or kitten will be about 10 months of age by the time the preparations are completed. Puppies and kittens not able to meet all of the requirements for the 5-Day-Or-Less program will be quarantined for 120 days.

Basically the kicker in getting a dog into Hawaii is the fact that it needs to rabies vaccinated twice in its lifetime, with the most recent vaccination coming not less than 90 days before import. A rabies anti body test is required, and if the dog passes the anti body count, it can be imported 120 days afterward. So basically, juggling all the information on the site, if the rabies vaccination and testing process started at 3 months old, the pup would be around 9-10 months old before it could enter Hawaii.

What does this mean as far as trying to import a puppy from Japan? Well you will miss the puppy stage of your dog's life, and will not be there to guide it through its training and socialization. No breeder is going to have as much time and energy as you do for your dog (I'm assuming here that a pup would be staying with its breeder till it is around 10 months old). This is also going to drive up costs because someone will need to feed and house this pup for around 8 months. Kenneling dogs is not cheap here in Japan. When I'm asked to do it I charge 2,000JPY/day or 30,000JPY/month and I'm unaware of anyone doing it any cheaper than that. But with the huge responsibility involved with keeping a dog here at my house for 8 months... I have yet to say yes to helping with a Hawaii export.