Preservation Breeding Statistics
I think I saw not to long ago some information on the number of registered different nihonken within Japan, but I can't seem to find it. I was thinking about it because my sister recently said I was irresponsible for keeping my Kai intact since there are "enough" in Japan and shelter dogs languish in the States. She suggested I take him to a local snip van and I was immediately covered in bristles. I argued that anyone interested in a Kai wouldn't consider a shelter dog, so it's not like kai puppies exactly divert interest from them. She said anyone interested in Kai wouldn't be looking for them in the States, to which I replied they would look for them online, as I did, even when I lived in Japan! Of course I don't think it's unreasonable to spay/neuter, pretty much every dog our family has owned has been fixed, but my Kai is a different story, at least, I think he is. At this point I'm a little afraid of how he'd behave if he ever got fixed, since we always got our dogs fixed as puppies I never noticed a change in their demeanor. Mostly, I'm annoyed and troubled by my family's views because I do live with them currently. If my sister ever took my dog to get neutered without my consent I can't think of any reason the establishment wouldn't go through with it, you're not exactly required to show ownership. Beyond that snip vans sometimes aren't the best place to get it done. We took my other dog to the SPCA to get fixed and I imagine they held him down because he never wanted to lay on his back or side after that. I just wanted the statistics to help defend my decision to keep my Kai available for preservation breeding in the US gene pool.