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Our article on the six native Japanese dog breeds has been published! Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

An article we wrote for the Primitive and Aboriginal Dogs Society (PADS) on the indigenous Japanese breeds, titled “The Nihon Ken”, has been published in PADS Journal #30.

Check it out: http://bradanderson.org/Journal-of-PADS-30-Engl.pdf

To learn more about PADS, check them out on the web at www.pads.ru. To learn more about the six native Japanese breeds (the Nihon Ken), check out The Nihon Ken Forum at www.NihonKen.org.

Special thanks to everyone that helped with the article and allowed me to use their photographs!

You may have noticed a change to our website… Sunday, October 17th, 2010

>You may have noticed that we removed the Shikoku Ken breed from our website. We have decided to take a break from the breed while we focus on our Kai Ken preservation efforts.

We removed Shikoku from our site because our recent efforts to breed Loa didn’t work out. This last breeding attempt was done using frozen semen from Akashima’s stud dog named “Kuma”. Since the semen we used was frozen, Colorado Veterinary Specialists recommended we do a surgical AI.

During the surgical AI they found a number of cysts on both of Loa’s uterine horns. This is typically a sign of Cystic Endometrial Hyperplasia (CEH). CEH is a predisposing factor in a number of reproductive problems including pyometra, failure to become pregnant, or failure to maintain a pregnancy. This condition is typically caused by empty heat cycles.

Unfortunately Loa’s past failed breeding, which resulted in an empty heat, probably lead to this condition. If that’s the case, then another failed breeding would put even more stress on her reproductive system, and she is at high risk of that due to CEH.

Based on the issues they found during the surgical AI, an increased risk of a pyometra and/or puppy death, which are both deadly to Loa, we do not plan to attempt to breed Loa again as we are not willing to put her health at risk. We have an appointment for her to be spayed next month.

That bit of bad news has forced us to take a hard look at our situation. With the loss of Loa from our Shikoku breeding plans, to continue our Shikoku program, it will require us to start from scratch. Because of this, and with our efforts being focused so heavily on our Kai Ken preservation program, we have decided to table our Shikoku plans for now. We will be taking a break from the breed for a few years while we focus on our Kai Ken plans.

Breeding Loa to Akashima’s "Kuma" Thursday, August 19th, 2010

>LoaLoa will be bred to Akashima’s “Kuma” early next week.

This will be our third attempt to breed Loa, and hopefully our final attempt. This breeding is happening right at her 3rd birthday – she will turn 3 years old on 08/21/2010.

We initially planned to breed Loa to O’iKon’s “Aka”, but they were unable to conceive, eventually we learned that it was due to Aka’s low sperm count.

Our next planned breeding was with Airreyalis’s “Shoushuu”, but due to a mismatch in OFA results (both scored “fair”) we decided Loa would be better matched with Kuma who scored “excellent” on his OFA.

We will be sure to update the blog once Loa has been bred.

Thoughts On Rare Breed Preservation Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

>I’ve noticed a general trend in breed enthusiasts: save the breed by limiting who breeds / owns the breed.

While I too have fallen into this camp of thought in the past, as far as preservation goes, I think it may be one of the lesser-efficient routes a breed community can take for preserving a breed. My most recent thoughts are that the breed community needs to think more globally if they want their breed to maintain quality.

A more efficient route to take to preserve a rare breed might be in focusing efforts on the source of the breed’s bloodlines. It’s that old “crap-in, crap-out” concept, if a breed’s breeding community is limited to just a few “best of the best” breeders, but the breed consists of poor bloodlines to start with, then not much progress can be made in preservation and improving quality. On the flip side, if the quality at the source is very good, then even a very inexperienced breeder can produce relatively good results from their breeding program.

I think if a rare breed can establish itself with good quality bloodlines to start, and maintain a source of quality out-crossings, then the overall quality of the breed will be increased, even with the effects of lesser-experienced and poorer-executed (less refined) breeding programs.

Instead of coveting the best bloodlines and the highest quality representations of the breed, rare breed stewards and enthusiasts should actively promote the free-exchange of bloodlines among the community – actively working to educate the less-experienced breeders and helping them to acquire better foundation stock for their programs. That path will raise the overall quality of ALL the dogs being produced in the breed and allow for more success.

Update On Loa’s Breeding… Friday, September 11th, 2009


Well, Loa didn’t cooperate with Aki – she wouldn’t stand for him. So, unfortunately, Loa was not bred this time around. We wanted to try it naturally first, knowing that there was a chance it may not work as both Loa and Aki are inexperienced.

The good news is Aki did breed to Loa’s sister, Maya, so O’iKon Kennel will hopefully have some puppies from that breeding in a few months. Another good note is that Aki and Loa really got a long well, they seemed to really enjoy being together, so it seems their personalities are nicely matched.

Our next step is to wait for Loa’s next heat, in about 6 months, and do a Surgical Artificial Insemination using Aki again as the stud. With a Surgical AI we will also get a full examination of Loa’s “parts” to confirm she is healthy, which will rule out a health issue being the reason she wouldn’t stand for Aki. Loa’s helth is our #1 concern.

We will post updates as things progress.