Hokkaido Ken is one of the six oldest breeds of Japanese dogs (maybe even the oldest). Genetic tests of Japanese breeds showed that Hokkaido Ken or Ainu Ken (preferable for the indigenous people of Japan) appeared on the island of Hokkaido with other settlers from the Japanese islands around 200 BC. Since then they have practically preserved the same genetic material.
The researches have shown that the genetic material of Hokkaido Ken dogs is identical to the breed Ryukyu Ken of Okinawa, and now this dog is considered to be the closest to the original and the oldest Japanese dog from the Jomon era (about 8000 BC).
Historically, Hokkaido dog has always been associated with the ancient Ainu tribes, one of the most mysterious and enigmatical tribes of Asia. Now, the Ainu tribes are considered as primeval settlers of the Japanese islands and are identified with people, who created the culture.
The Ainu tribes handed down legends and stories, and in several legends there were references to Hokkaido Ken dogs.
There is an interesting legend about the origin of the Ainu tribe on the island.
The legend speaks of a beautiful princess, who was thrown by waves on the deserted island beach. There was not a living soul. When she was crying and grieving on the beach, a white dog appeared and brought her some food. Since that time they lived together. One day the girl delivered a baby from the dog. The child became strong, beautiful, brave, and was the great-grandfather of the Ainu tribe.
The breed Hokkaido Ken (Ainu Ken) very rarely met with other Japanese dogs mainly for two reasons:
Firstly, the island of Hokkaido for a long time was not considered by the Japanese as an interesting periphery for the Empire.
Secondly, these dogs were bred by special hunters, called matagi (this word is not of Japanese origin, but comes from the Ainu language and simply means the hunter), who usually lived in places, far from civilization.
Due to these factors, the dogs Hokkaido Ken avoided the fate of many Japanese breeds, including Akita Inu and Shiba Inu. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the last-named breeds were crossed with other European dogs to preserve themselves from total extinction.
Currently, the President of Hokkaido Association Nihonken Hozonkai (Nippo) is concerned about the statistics on the birth rate and registration of this breed in Japan.
In 2017, only 201 dogs of Hokkaido breed were registered.
This breed is already extremely rare in Japan and outside its home country.
Fig. Ancient Japanese engraving. Hokkaido Ken in the hunting field.
CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR:
The dogs of this breed are incredibly hardy, full of self-esteem. The character is loyal, obedient, very lively and bold.
Hokkaido accepts other animals at home without problems, and they are rather conflict-free, but if others are not provocateurs themselves.
Hokkaido is very emotionally attached to one of the family members and follows him like a shadow always, even in a sleepy state. He can follow you with closed eyes if you want to go to another room or leave the house.
Hokkaido dogs like children. Being adults, they are still puppies themselves!
The average life expectancy of Hokkaido is about 15 years, although some animals live much longer. As this breed remains genetically close to the first dogs, coming to the Japanese islands with humans in the era of Jomon (around 8000 BC), now we have little information on the problems of genetic health.
Our Hokkaido dogs are the first and single breeding pair in Ukraine.
The breed is so rare in Japan and Europe that the search for breeders, kennels, the selection and expectation of puppies takes from one to two years.
Therefore, if you want to purchase Hokkaido puppy from us, first you must fill in the form and reserve the animal.
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