professional kennel of Japanese breeds

Akita Inu and Hokkaido

AKITA INU

HISTORY:

"To get acquainted with the real Akita Inu dog, having ideal temperament and appearance, you need to study the history and development of the breed Akita Inu from ancient times till the present days."

Mr. Naoto Kajiwara.

(Respected breeder, member of AKIHO, judge, recognized expert of the National Club Akita JKC, the author of the book "AKITA")

According to Nobuo Naora (Nagara) of Waseda University, dogs in Japan were domesticated during the period of Jomon (about 8000 BC).

 

Clay devices, containing the images of earth dog, bronze bells and figures in the form of a dog with straight ears and ring tails have been found in burial mounds.

 

For the first time dogs are mentioned in Japanese literature in such books as "Kojiki" (Japanese ancient Chronicles) around 682 AD, and the Nihon Shoki (the first Chronicles of Japan) around 720 AD, in the stories about their use as hunting dogs.

 

In the drawings of medieval scrolls from the end of the Heian period (898-1185) to the Kamakura period (1182-1332), the dogs were depicted with stand-up ears and ring or sickle-shaped tails. On the scrolls of the Buddhist monk Sōzō Toba (1053-1114), colorful images of dogs coexist with the images of birds. They were also preserved in the Oandzi temple of the late Fujiwara period (1086-1185). Images of dogs present in the temple of Kukaiji, and in the picture scroll of the Buddhist deity, the guardian of children Yaada, where the hunting for wild boars was described.

 

The first legend, which can be directly related to Akita Inu, is the story about the dog Shiro. It occurred in 1604, on the border between the Akita clan and the Nanboku clan. According to the folk epic, a hunter Sadaroku, who had a hunting license, went to the mountains to get a deer with his white dog Shiro, forgetting the license at home. Caught with the trophy, he was escorted to prison. Legend has it that the dog evaluated the situation, rushed home. Seeing the breathless dog, the hunter's wife understood that something had happened. Finding license at home, she tied it to the dog's collar and commanded the dog to return. The dog delivered the license, but unfortunately, it was too late. Sadaroku was executed. There are several versions regarding the subsequent fate of the hunter's widow and the dog, but after Shiro's death, the locals, admiring his fidelity, built a tomb for Shiro.

Fig. Museum of Akita Inu in Odate. Illustration of the dog Shiro history.

The fifth Emperor of Japan Tokugawa Tsunaioshi, after whom our kennel was named, ruled from 1680 to 1709. He was known as the "Dog Shogun".

He adopted unpopular law for those times to protect dogs and to build shelters for dogs in Edo (the old name for Tokyo until 1868).

The result of this episode was the creation of the first dog register called "Kazukesho", which listed the colors of the dogs' hair of that period. The specified colors: white, red, black, tiger, tiger pinto, black pinto, reddish black and light red.

Fig. The Emperor Tokugawa Tsunaioshi (jap. 徳 川 綱 吉) – the 5th shogun from the Tokugawa dynasty.

Since ancient times, there were two regions in Japan, where dogfighting was held and fight dogs were bred. One of them is Kouchi (高 知), in the south-east of Shikoku Island, the second is Odate (大 館), in Akita Prefecture (秋田), the northern part of Honshu Island.

 

At the beginning of the Meiji era (late 19th century), the wave of civilization entered not only in the territory of Japan, but also in its culture. In Kouchi, local breeders began to add the blood of bulldogs, and later mastiffs and St. Bernards, i.e. large dogs with a fighting nature, to the blood of local dogs Shikoku Inu. This played a significant role in breeding the fight dogs Tosa Inu (土 佐 闘 犬).

 

With the beginning of new Taishō era (1912) and the rise to power of a new emperor, the political climate in the country changed. Japan returned to the traditional national values.

 

In 1913, the ban on dog fights was abolished. However, contrary to the expectations, this caused further damage to the breed Akita Inu. In an effort to increase the size of dogs to improve their fighting qualities, the breeders in Odate crossed the blood of local dogs with the blood of other large breeds, and above all Tosa Inu.

 

In 1920, Professor of Tokyo University and enthusiast of the movement for the creation of "Nature Monument" Shozaburo Watase went to Odate, to search out, describe and bring the dog Akita Inu to the list of nominees of this title. Despite the efforts made, the professor was not able to find dogs, which could be thoroughbred representatives of this breed.

 

In 1927, there was an event, having significant impact on the development of Akita Inu breed. A young graduate of the "Higher School of Arts and Music" and a dog-fancier Hirokichi Saito, came to Odate in search of a dog Akita Inu. In Odate, he met with the mayor of the city - Shigei Izumi, who was also a great enthusiast and lover of this breed.

 

   The result of this meeting was the creation of two partner organizations: the Society for the Protection and Preservation of Akita Inu (AKIHO) and the Society for the Protection and Preservation of Japanese Dogs (NIPPO). For a long time these two organizations developed together, and due to their small number, AKIHO was a regional representative of NIPPO in the northern region.

References: http://akitainu.sakura.ne.jp; http://www.northlandakitas.com

 

In May 1931, due to the efforts of these two enthusiasts, the procedure for confirming the status of Akita Inu as a "Nature Monument" was completed. On July 7 of the same year, by the order of the Ministry of Agriculture of Japan, the breed Akita Inu was given the long-awaited status. However, this event did not solve the problems, accumulated for many years.

 

In fact, this breed did not exist. About a dozen dogs, found and recognized as a sample of the breed, were far from ideal and, moreover, were blood relatives. At the first stage of restoration, the breeders should at least give a general external resemblance to the Japanese breeds of dogs. It was necessary to "stand-up" pendulous ears and to "ring" straight tails, coming from the fight dogs Tosa Inu. Breeders from AKIHO and NIPPO traveled to Tohoku and Hokkaido regions in search of dogs, using which they could solve their tasks. As a result of the searches, several "Matagi Inu" dogs, found in the mountainous areas of Iwate Prefecture, Hokkaido Ken and Karafuto, were included in the recovery program.

Fig. The museum of Akita Inu in Odate

The Second World War also changed and almost completely destroyed the breed Akita Inu. During the war, many people could not feed their dogs and simply let them out into the street. There they starved to death or were killed for skins. Dog skins and fur were treated and used for military clothing.

It is generally believed that after the war only a few individuals of Akita Inu survived.

However, facts show another picture. There were 22 dogs at the first postwar dog show AKIHO, held in November 1947. At the next show, held in April 1948, the number of participants increased to 67.  Generally, these were the dogs, survived in the war, or born during it.

In 1949, AKIHO began publishing its magazine "Akita Inu", which has been issued six times a year until now.

At present, dog shows are held annually in Odate in Akita Prefecture. The 137th dog show was held this year. The results and photos of the winners can be found on the website:

 

http://akitainu.sakura.ne.jp

STANDARD:

 

http://www.fci.be/Nomenclature/Standards/255g05-en.pdf

 

The ancestors of our dogs are the winners, having the highest titles of MEIYOSHO, which are awarded to the best representatives of the breed Akita Inu, at the dog shows AKIHO. The winners are entered into the special register of the Akita Dog Preservation Society, photos and names of the winners, they are posted in magazines AKIHO, and they are also placed on a special stand of honor in the museum of Odate.

 

 

OUR DOGS

URAN SIN’YU KEN

(UKU, AKIHO)

 

Owner: Olena Lebedynska

Breeder: Natalia Zhuchenko

Kennel: Sin'yu Ken

http://www.akitapedigree.com/details.php?id=93173

 

Titles:
Champion of Ukraine

Best of Breed- 3xBOB

Health: HDA, ED0/0

 

Sire: Takezou Go Zenhosha

(JKC; AKIHO JAPAN)

Titles: JCH UA, CH UA, CH MOL, BOBx6

Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR

 

Dam: Himehibiki Go Ryuujousou

(JKC; AKIHO JAPAN)

Titles: JCH UA, CH UA

Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR

TENSHI PYH

(UKU)

 

Owner: Olena Lebedynska

http://www.akitapedigree.com/details.php?id=83733

 

Titles: JCH UA, JGRCH UA,

           CH UA, 3xBOB, 2xBOS

Health: HDA

 

Sire: Katsu Go From Hachimantai

(import Bulgaria FCI)

Titles: 14хJCAC, JCH UA, 2хJGr.CH UA,

 JCH MOL, JGr.CH MOL, JCH AZ, JCH CY,

 17хСАС, 4xR.CAC, 2xCACIB, 1xR.CACIB,

 9xBOB, BIG-I, IV, 3xCH UA, BBB

Health: HDA

 

 

Dam: Sango Go Shiyo-Mokuteki

(import Poland FCI)

Titles: 6x Winner title, 3x Best OF Breed,

Junior Champion, Polish Champion,

CACIB, 3x Junior Winner, 3x CWC/CAC

Health: HDA

WASABI GO NAMITORI

(import Poland FCI)

 

Owner: Olena Lebedynska

Breeder: Jan Pazgan - Namitori

Kennel: Namitori Kennel

http://www.akitapedigree.com/details.php?id=93171

 

Titles:
Junior Champion of Ukraine 2017

Junior Grand Champion of Ukraine 2017 Champion of Ukraine 2018

Best of Breed- 3xBOB

Best female - 2хBOS
Health: HDA, ED0/0

 

Sire: Ryouju Go Shirai (JKC; AKIHO JAPAN)

Titles:

INTERCHAMPION; Winner Puppy Male WDS

2013, V-ce Champion Hozonkai 2013; 2014; 2nd Place WDS Helsinki 2014

Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR

 

Dam: Joshi Go Namitori (FCI)

Titles: WINNER Akita Cup 2013;

V-ce CHAMPION Hozonkai 2014;

2nd Place WDS Helsinki 2014

Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEA

UCHIKO SIN’YU KEN

(UKU, AKIHO)

 

Owner: Olena Lebedynska

Breeder: Natalia Zhuchenko

Kennel: Sin'yu Ken

ссылка на родословную:

http://www.akitapedigree.com/details.php?id=93174

 

Titles: Junior Champion of Ukraine

Junior Grand Champion of Ukraine

Champion of Ukraine 2018 Best of Breed- 1xBOB Best female - 2хBOS

Health: HDA, ED0/0

 

Sire: Takezou Go Zenhosha

(JKC; AKIHO JAPAN)

Titles: JCH UA, CH UA, CH MOL, BOBx6

Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR

 

Dam: Himehibiki Go Ryuujousou

(JKC; AKIHO JAPAN)

 

Titles: JCH UA, CH UA

Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR

© TOKUGAWA TSUNAYOSI, 2018

Fig. Museum of Akita Inu in Odate. Illustration of the dog Shiro history.

Fig. The Emperor Tokugawa Tsunaioshi (jap. 徳 川 綱 吉) – the 5th shogun from the Tokugawa dynasty.

 

Fig. The museum of Akita Inu in Odate

AKITA INU
URAN SIN’YU KEN (UKU, AKIHO) Owner: Olena Lebedynska Breeder: Natalia Zhuchenko Kennel: Sin'yu Ken http://www.akitapedigree.com/details.php?id=93173 Titles: 
Champion of Ukraine Best of Breed- 3xBOB Health: HDA, ED0/0 Sire: Takezou Go Zenhosha (JKC; AKIHO JAPAN) Titles: JCH UA, CH UA, CH MOL, BOBx6 Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR Dam: Himehibiki Go Ryuujousou (JKC; AKIHO JAPAN) Titles: JCH UA, CH UA Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR
WASABI GO NAMITORI (import Poland FCI) Owner: Olena Lebedynska Breeder: Jan Pazgan - Namitori Kennel: Namitori Kennel 
 http://www.akitapedigree.com/details.php?id=93171 Titles: 
Junior Champion of Ukraine 2017 Junior Grand Champion of Ukraine 2017 Champion of Ukraine 2018 Best of Breed- 3xBOB Best female - 2хBOS 
Health: HDA, ED0/0 Sire: Ryouju Go Shirai (JKC; AKIHO JAPAN) Titles: INTERCHAMPION; Winner Puppy Male WDS 2013, V-ce Champion Hozonkai 2013; 2014; 2nd Place WDS Helsinki 2014 Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR Dam: Joshi Go Namitori (FCI) Titles: WINNER Akita Cup 2013; V-ce CHAMPION Hozonkai 2014; 2nd Place WDS Helsinki 2014 Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEA
UCHIKO SIN’YU KEN (UKU, AKIHO) Owner: Olena Lebedynska Breeder: Natalia Zhuchenko Kennel: Sin'yu Ken ссылка на родословную: http://www.akitapedigree.com/details.php?id=93174 Titles: Junior Champion of Ukraine Junior Grand Champion of Ukraine Champion of Ukraine 2018 Best of Breed- 1xBOB Best female - 2хBOS Health: HDA, ED0/0 Sire: Takezou Go Zenhosha (JKC; AKIHO JAPAN) Titles: JCH UA, CH UA, CH MOL, BOBx6 Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR Dam: Himehibiki Go Ryuujousou (JKC; AKIHO JAPAN) Titles: JCH UA, CH UA Health: HDA, ED0/0, EYES-CLEAR
TENSHI PYH (UKU) Owner: Olena Lebedynska http://www.akitapedigree.com/details.php?id=83733 Titles: JCH UA, JGRCH UA, CH UA, 3xBOB, 2xBOS Health: HDA Sire: Katsu Go From Hachimantai (import Bulgaria FCI) Titles: 14хJCAC, JCH UA, 2хJGr.CH UA, JCH MOL, JGr.CH MOL, JCH AZ, JCH CY, 17хСАС, 4xR.CAC, 2xCACIB, 1xR.CACIB, 9xBOB, BIG-I, IV, 3xCH UA, BBB Health: HDA Dam: Sango Go Shiyo-Mokuteki (import Poland FCI) Titles: 6x Winner title, 3x Best OF Breed, Junior Champion, Polish Champion, CACIB, 3x Junior Winner, 3x CWC/CAC Health: HDA