Effective January 1st, 2013, Japanese Akita will be recognized as its own breed at the United Kennel Club.
AKIHO, LA branch has always been supportive of JACA (Japanese Akita Club of America) and we would like to congratulate everyone who has been involved in this effort to get closer to split Japanese Akita from One Akita in US.
To read the official breed standard from UKC website, check it out at http://www.ukcdogs.com/Web.nsf/Breeds/NorthernBreed/JapaneseAkita
As a member of AKIHO, one of the benefits that you receive is a club magazine from Japan. Every 2-3 months, the headquarter in Japan publishes a magazine that covers club meeting agenda, club information, events, etc.
As a non-speaking Japanese member, it will be difficult to find out what it say… but you do get to view great photos of Japanese Akitas.
This current edition, six of our LA branch akitas were featured. This magazine gets distributed to all members around the world.
Cover of the Magazine
Top Left: Kitanoumi Go Shirai, Top Right: Wakakusa Go Shirai, Middle Left: Yuusaku Go Shirai, Middle Right: Shinyu Go Kobun, Bottom Left: Kokoa Go Kamurosansoh
Bottom Right: Ayame
Isn’t this great or what? We are very pleased. Can’t wait til 2013 for another show.
We ate! We talked! We ate more! We laughed! We had a great time!
Just hanging out with old friends and new friends who happen to really like Japanese Akitas.
If you missed it, it’s okay… we’ll do this all over again in October. (Date to be announced later)
Here are some pictures of what you missed out.
Lots of huggings and smiley Japanese Akitas!!
Thank you for coming and enjoying the day with us.
Oh my, my… so many people at the Pet Expo. So many people just wanting to pet and cuddle with our akitas. It was so much fun!
Here are some pictures to let you know how busy we were.
Akiko loved the attention!
Akiko saying hello to Kaya.
Sean can’t get enough of Kaya.
4.5 months old Kaya
Here is Kaya’s mom, Kaeda
Miyuki kissing a little girl.
Jiro just hanging out…
Kita loved getting petted.
Steven and Kita on the stage for the breed parade.
Roki got to see his friend from his vet office!
I think the man found Roki’s sweet spot!
Mosura being so sweet.
Mosura enjoying the cool weather.
Karin is thinking… I want your drink…
Karin posing for a picture!
Yamato was not happy to be called “hachi”… serious look…
A visit from American Akita!
What a weekend!!
It’s almost here! In five days, Pet Expo in Orange county opens. April 20-22: 10am-6 (7)pm.
If you have gone to the expo and remember our booth from the past… well our booth has moved to a new location and its number is 772 in the breezeway between building 14 and 16. You can visit www.petexpooc.com and view the floor plan. I hope it’s a nice area. 😉
We will have at least 3-5 dogs each day. Thanks ahead for the volunteers!
I normally tell prospective owners of Japanese Akita that they should meet the breed at least once or more to get a feel for the breed. This is an event to do so.
It’ll be fun, and we will have a blast. Can’t wait!
As you are walking your japanese akita around your neighborhood or at a shopping mall or just anywhere else, has anyone ever asked you this question?
“What kind of dog do you have?”
Then typically, I would say, “It’s a Japanese Akita.”
Then I hear, “oh, he’s beautiful… I have a friend who has an akita, but he is really big.”
Then I would reply, “They probably have an American Akita.”
Does this sound familiar to you?
It’s normal for a Japanese Akita owner to be stopped every so often for information about the breed. Most of the general public doesn’t know that there is the Japanese Akita and American Akita.
The reason why AKIHO-LA participates in Pet Expo, Nisei Week Festival and other exhibiting events, is to educate people that these are two different breeds with very distinguishable traits.
As an AKIHO-LA member and Japanese Akita owner, it is your responsibility to educate others as you had been educated by us.
Some may wonder why join a dog club… well for one thing, you get to know the people who have same interest as you do, Japanese Akita. Then you will have the following things and so much more…
- Becoming an exclusive member of the only branch in US for AKIHO-Japanese Akita Club
- Participating club events such as Pet Expo, Nisei Week Festival/Parade, and Annual Dog Show that you can showcase and represent your beautiful Japanese Akitas to general public.
- Inviting friends and family to our fun summer and fall picnics.
- Able to utilize all of resources available by our branch to communicate with Headquarter in Japan, such as:
- Renewing membership
- Registering your litter and/or kennel
- Pedigree duplicate
- Transferring ownership in the pedigree
- AKIHO Headquarter newsletter
- First one to know if there is any litter of puppies available amongst the club members
- Knowledgeable personnel in the club if you have any question about the blood lines or breeders in Japan and/or US
If you are interested in joining AKIHO LA branch, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For now… here is Waka, Kita and three of their puppies playing.