Odd sightings of Nihon Ken
  • I know there is another thread for this but I can't find it. Sorry!

    My husband and I are watching Marmaduke (2010) and I was FLOORED to see a red Japanese Akita in the dog park scene. I made him go back and rewind and play in slow motion. Later on it showed up multiple times hanging out on a rock. So exciting! LOL

    Anyone have other recent sightings?

    PS. The cgi in Marmaduke is pretty good. I haven't watched talking animals since Cats and Dogs, and this is an amazing improvement.
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    Post edited by PoetikDragon at 2012-12-23 00:17:23
  • SayaSaya
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    I saw that too! hehe

    I don't recall anything really.. Except I did see a shiba on pit boss.. It was a quick scene of showing areas of California I think a owner was walking a red shiba. I forgot what episode was it.

    Was quick scene so wasn't on the camera for long. Just showed the side of owner and dog or the back they were walking off..

    Movie wise no.

    Sword of stranger is a anime with a red shiba I think? Bandai is no longer selling dvds anymore.. sword of stranger is sold by bandai.
    blu ray is only version available dvd sold out on rightstuf.. other places might still have it. Really bums me out they're no longer doing dvds.. :\

    Ah well I gotten most series I wanted from them.
    http://www.rightstuf.com/1-800-338-6827/catalogmgr/euRGlOyxhqXzzig6zq/browse/item/83176/4/0/0

    I gotten the sword of stranger recently as christmas gift so haven't watched it yet so can't comment if it's good I first learned of it from house of two bows someone posted about it on comments.

    I posted this in case someone might want a blu ray version to watch. Amazon sold out on dvd while ago so some where else might still have the dvd..

    Art work someone did. :D
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  • I saw a JA while driving in my neighbourhood and almost rammed the car infront of me because I was in such disbelief (and kept staring to prove to myself I wasn't seeing things) LOL ! I haven't seen that dog since.

    I only know of 1 fabulous import in Toronto. He is a red male, son of Youushou Go Saginuma, son of Kitanojou Go Saginuma (Meiyosho 2011) from RamsRaspel Kensha in Germany.
    There are also probably a spattering of dogs from akitainu.ca.
    Post edited by MapleTwinkie at 2012-12-23 09:51:50
  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    I met a white JA at a Starbucks across from my vet's office this summer after Mika and Koda's appt to get shots.

    I met a Kishu at my doggie boutique. He is an import who lives near me. That was a shocker.
  • Wow, a Kishu!
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  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    I had already been told he was around so it didn't shock me but it wa still cool. His owner couldn't believe he was meeting a Kai. I guess that was his shocker.

    Same with the JA owners. They were amazed to meet Kais in person. I guess my dogs are other people's odd sighting.
  • tjbart17tjbart17
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    Koda and Mika were a woman's odd sighting this morning. It's very rare that I meet someone who actually knows what a Kai is, but it does happen. This morning, we were coming home from our walk when this woman asked me if the dogs were keeping their paws warm and commented on how pretty they are. I answered back that they'd rather it be snowing than raining, and she asked me where they were from. I told her they were Japanese dogs called Kais, and I swear she squealed! She said that in Japan her father had a book about Japanese dogs and she always loved looking at the picture of the Kais and Shikoku.

    I told her that a Shikoku lived about 300 yards from where we were standing and she squealed again. She was super cute, and Koda adored her. He was trying to walk in her house with her. :-P
  • jellyfishjellyfish
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    In Tramps like us (kimi wa petto) i think there is a kishu. Its a medium sized, short haired, spitz white dog, and since its in japan, might as well a kishu, right? And there is a shiba with correct urajiro markings. But I guess it shouldnt be a surprise of japanese dogs in japanese books.


    And on The Chive, if anyone if a chiver on here, usually every dog gallery had a shiba or the occasional white akita, sometimes long haired.
  • ZinjaZinja
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    I was watching some flyball in Florida and noticed a black dog that they said was a Kai. I think he was a mix if he wa but he did very well!

    I looked up the team and he is a very accomplished pup!

    http://www.doggoneflyball.com/page23.html

    -Joe
    Post edited by Zinja at 2012-12-24 23:25:06
  • NekopanNekopan
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    I thought of this thread today while I was out with the dogs. We met a B&T Shiba. Shibas are common enough, but I rarely see the black and tans.
  • sjp051993sjp051993
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    Yeah, that black dog is not a kai. Looks like a border collie mix I had right out of high school.
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  • SayaSaya
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    Yeah I thought it looked more like a border collie mix I dunno.. I seen pictures of long haired kai ken, but they didn't look like that. Either way cool dog! Very athletic. :)
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  • ZinjaZinja
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    Yeah. He was found in the streets of Miami. I was too far away to get a good look. I wanted to talk to the handler but I couldn't meet up with them to get some photos.

    Now on the site he holds several number one Kai titles. Does anyone second guess what the owner claims the dogs are before giving the title?
    -Joe
  • No. They don't. There is a supposed American Akita with a bunch of performance titles, the owner of which goes round bragging how she has the best Akita and she's the best trainer because she can get the dog to do all kinds of things Akitas normally aren't willing to do. It neither looks nor acts like an Akita; much closer to a GSD in both respects.
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    Post edited by PoetikDragon at 2012-12-24 23:44:04
  • That dog doesn't look anything like a Kai Ken. That's pretty annoying, actually, because it does look like a border collie x and bc's are very different than Kai Ken....it would be hard for a real Kai Ken to "beat" a border collie cross that is holding the Kai Ken titles! But who knows....the behavior sounds like a Kai Ken, though the dog doesn't look even remotely like one).

    Wierd (and also annoying) about the Akita too.
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    Post edited by shibamistress at 2012-12-25 14:40:22
  • cdenneycdenney
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    Last night myself and a friend were driving around the local neighborhoods admiring the Christmas light displays (we get some pretty cool ones) and it was 10:30 at night and all of the sudden at B&T Shiba crosses in front of the car. So I pull over get out and crouch down whistle and the Shiba just runs right over gives me a once over and paws for pets (or treats it was rather on the chunky side). We ended up finding her home several houses down and she seemed happy to go into the festivities. Most random encounter with a NK though.
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  • Wow, glad she didn't get hit!
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  • My most random encounter with an IRL NK was just after I got Ghidora. I was on my way home from my parents and there was this guy walking his 9-10 week old brindle Japanese Akita puppy across the intersection. I was floored.
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  • SangmortSangmort
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    The most random encounter we've had here was someone selling white Japanese Akita puppies at the flea-market...for $1600 a pop.

    & yes, they were most definitely Japanese Akitas, not american Akitas, & I could tell you they were as close to pure as possible. Right up there at the top of worst experiences seeing someone else's NK :(

    That was a few years back. ~
  • SayaSaya
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    Selling pups at a flea market? Weird. :\

    So glad that B&T shiba got home alright.

    I've seen some red shiba inu while driving around saw one B&T shiba I got excited since I love B&T coloring of dogs she/he was a pretty one..

    A lot of college kids in my area so bound to be a few shiba inu around there.

    I seen one American Akita at the dog park and another being walked by owner downtown. both were pretty dogs and the one at the dog park was nice and young. I no longer go to it anymore so not sure if the akita still goes to it.
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  • TrzcinaTrzcina
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    Glad the Shiba got home safe! It would scare the crap out of me to have a dog run in front of my car.

    I see Shibas pretty frequently, including an incorrectly marked b/t that frequents a dog park sort of near where I go to school. I've seen Akitas (mostly American) around from time to time as well. The only other NK I've seen in person were Kai at UKC shows years ago.

    Not NK, but it's still so bizarre to me how my Lapphund went from being an "A what?" dog to people when they ask me what she is to a "Oh, I've heard of those!" even outside of "doggy" circles and Finns. It's all because of AKC recognition and televised dog shows, I'm sure, but... still so strange to me. I'm still used to the days of "What is that dog?" "She's a Finnish Lapphund." "A Spanish poodle?" "No..."
  • ZinjaZinja
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    When I was driving in Gainesville, Sasuske had his head out the window and we pulled at a stop light with another Shiba Inu looking back. It was great!

    When I went to petco with Eevee, someone asked if she was a Shikoku. I said she was a Kai but I was happy that they were really close. Many people say she is a chow because her tongue :(

    On my way home from work/school, there is an Asian college student who lives in an apartment complex on a fairly busy road whit a white NK. From far away, the dog looks like a Shiba Inu but looks a little bigger, which leads me to believe it may be a Kishu, but I thought pulling over and inspecting her dog would be awkward.
    -Joe
    Post edited by Zinja at 2013-01-03 08:28:19
  • cdenneycdenney
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    I just left my vet with Sachi and as I get in the car I shit you not an Akita inu walks into the vet after me a light red male. Never seen the jas in person really cool looking dog!
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  • WhoBitMeWhoBitMe
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    So, Sunday I was out and about with a friend on the way to the usual Sunday activities and I saw a person with a pinto American Akita along the side of the road. It looked like the Akita was wearing a harness with packs on it. The immediate conversation I had with my friend went like this:

    Friend: "Look! A husky!"
    Me: "No, that's an American Akita."
    Friend: (said in a sheepish voice) "Exactly. I was just testing you."
    Me: "Uh-huh. That's why you said husky."

    It was pretty hilarious, actually. :)

    Also, I was watching an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one of the villains (Chris Bradford) had...I want to say a Shiba, but who knows, maybe it was an Akita Inu, named Hachiko.

    And for a third sighting. I got roped into playing a Nancy Drew PC game (Shadow at the Water's Edge, I think) that takes place in a ryokan in Kyoto, Japan. There are some math puzzles (sudoku, nonograms, etc) in a book and there is a picture of what I assume is a Shiba.

    Do those even count as real sightings?
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  • WrylyBrindleWrylyBrindle
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    "Turtles! Quickly, transform and roll out! It's Rock Steady, Bebop and...the nefarious Chris Bradford!! "
  • CrispyCrispy
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    This was strange.

    I fostered out/delivered a dog today to a family who must have known @JessicaRabbit & family! We walked the blocks from my house to theirs with London and Lainie (the dog they're fostering to adopt) and they heard Takoda in the back yard (I didn't take TK for the walk, though).

    They acted like seeing a Shikoku was something you do every day and that it made total sense that Takoda was a Shikoku. It was disarming! Normally there's this quality people have when they aren't totally sure in what they're talking about and I just kind of smile and nod, but they were SO confident about the Shikoku it wasn't something I was used to.

    They said that their friend Jason had a Shikoku in the past and had a Shiba, an Akita and a Pitbull now. It wasn't until I got home that I realized that the Shiba and the Shikoku in the story must have been mixed up and they had to be talking about Jessica and Jason. Who else could have that combo of dogs? :p

    Small world, Rhode Island. :)
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  • CrispyCrispy
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    @JessicaRabbit - A woman named Kristina who lives on the East Side near me. I forgot her husband's name (I'm horrible with names). They had two boys. They lost their dog not too long ago and are doing a foster-to-adopt. I think they said her name was Stella? Some kind of herd-y mix like Aussie or BC/Shepherd.
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  • SayaSaya
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    My dad is a big doomsday or apocalypse watcher on various shows..

    One of the episodes had a red shiba named kai. The show called Apocalypse 101.

    The guy lived on a camp and pretty much lived almost off the grid going to town to do odd jobs and stuff.

    The shiba was there mainly for alert to intruders in his camp. He was off leash and actually behaved really well. Must be a NK dream to live with owner outside.. hehe

    I myself isn't into doomsday shows if it happens it happens.. I'll fish and stuff if need be plus Saya is pretty good with treeing squirrels and holding them up it for a bit.

    I do like that about Saya she won't bark for heck of it. If there is reason she sounds alarm like skunk in the trail by the pond or raccoon off in distance, coyote, or opossum she alerts me by looking alert or letting an alert type of bark.
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  • EsperchanEsperchan
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    Sadly over the last month my little brother has seen two shibas around town. I am so jealous, but i met a wolfdog so he thinks its fair.
    Anyways, i got this book called unlikely friendships about these awesome bonds between animals. It is soooo adorableand i recommend everyone read it. But i flipped to the back to read the author bio and, lo and behold, in their picture there was a shiba!!!! I was shocked.
  • JunJun
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    I remember watching this Japanese movie when I was still in elementary school. It's about an old hunter hunting bears in the mountains, he only put one bullet in his gun while hunting, and his grandson's got this dog that no other hunters would take.... Here are some photos from that movie. I think it's a shiba in the photos but not really sure. The movie is like 20+ years old, I couldn't find it anywhere on the internet other than posters and screenshots. I don't know if anyone here have watched it, I'd really love to watch it again.

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  • Myabee09Myabee09
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    Saw a Shiba in a random video on my weather channel app today.
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  • CaliaCalia
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    @Jun - Could it be Matagi (The Old Bear Hunter)? Found this on ebay (not the movie but it looks like it's related): http://www.ebay.com/itm/MATAGI-1981-Japan-Film-Old-Bear-Hunter-MOVIE-PHOTO-CARD-/300518037054

    Edit: not sure how safe this site is, but it supposedly offers a means to download it: http://twitpic.com/bu3dpp
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    Post edited by Calia at 2013-04-10 22:12:24
  • JunJun
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    @Calia I think that's the one. Yeah the 2nd link I'm not sure neither hehe. I only knew the movie by it's interpreted name in Chinese. I'll keep looking, someday I might find an old DVD or something. Thanks! :)
  • Isn't that dog a Hokka? I'm not entirely sure, but the face looks kind of like one in the first pic.
    Lisa, Toby (Shiba), Oskar and Zora (American Akita), and Leo (Kai Ken)
  • Though it's not as extreme as some other breeds, I think you see some change in type for conformation shibas due to selection by breeders. That dog bears some resemblance to photos I've seen of shibas from some generations ago. The movie was released in 1982.
  • JunJun
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    About half an hour ago, I was having a late night cigarette with my wife in front of our garage. One of the neighbors showed up with a gorgeous shiba puppy! That puppy was so cute and friendly, pretty much one-shot'd my wife lol. He was actually from a local breeder called Koyote Kennels here in Calgary. Has anyone here heard of them? We've been looking for Akita for so long and haven't really looked into shiba at all. But now wife is tempted to get a shiba first lol. The only thing is if by any chance we get an akita puppy this year, then we'll have to deal with two puppies the same time, not sure if it's a good thing or not, any thoughts?
  • PoetikDragonPoetikDragon
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    Two puppies at once are a handful! Training takes longer and you can end up with dogs that are so codependent on each other that they get severe separation anxiety. They may bond with each other more than they bond with you. There is also the issue of having dogs that are the same age, which means they'll be going through health issues of old age and the end of life at the same time.

    That said, two strongly bonded dogs that are raised together can be awesome and amazing to be a part of. I love the relationship Gojira had with Ghidora (6 months apart in age) and was so sad to break them up. :(
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    I saw a Shiba/??? today. From afar I first thought it was a golden retriever, till I noticed the head and tail and that it had urajiro. Maybe shiba and retriever or shiba and chow. It was very overweight, walking down the street with its owner across from the hospital as we left.
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  • JunJun
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    @poeticdragon sounds like two puppies together can be a lot of fun. I can almost visualize pointing at a poop in my bed and questioning them: "who did this? Raise you hand!"
  • LosechLosech
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    @Jun My mixes are sisters. The only problem we've encountered with them is that they don't like it when you take one on a walk and leave the other behind. Other than normal puppy antics, of course, which were doubled.

    I saw a Shiba on a local TV ad. I don't watch much TV and we only get like, 3 channels that aren't TV evangelists. I thought it was funny that I spot a Shiba (being walked in the background, not mine) in a local ad the one time this month I decide to sit down and watch something.
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    Post edited by Losech at 2013-04-24 02:21:50
  • About half an hour ago, I was having a late night cigarette with my wife in front of our garage. One of the neighbors showed up with a gorgeous shiba puppy! That puppy was so cute and friendly, pretty much one-shot'd my wife lol. He was actually from a local breeder called Koyote Kennels here in Calgary. Has anyone here heard of them? We've been looking for Akita for so long and haven't really looked into shiba at all. But now wife is tempted to get a shiba first lol. The only thing is if by any chance we get an akita puppy this year, then we'll have to deal with two puppies the same time, not sure if it's a good thing or not, any thoughts?


    I don't think it's a great idea to get two puppies at the same time. Shiba puppies, in particular, are difficult (cute, but high speed, into everything terrorists). It's not to be undertaken lightly. I know my godmother was thinking of getting a two standard poodle puppies at the same time, and I really discouraged her, and she was SO thankful, because just one puppy at a time is a handful, at that wasn't even an NK! She got her second about a year later and was really glad she waited.

    Also, if you go over to the shiba side you can find more information and discussions about a variety of Shiba breeders, including this one. You will have to join the Shiba forum to do that, but if you're at allinterested in a Shiba you should.

    There are a ton of things to watch out for with getting Shibas. Too many are being bred in mills these days, so it is really important to be informed, if you're at all interested in the breed.
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  • Hinata23Hinata23
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    @Jun @shibamistress Yeah that looks like hokkaido to me. Especially the ears!
  • NanookNanook
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    I was visiting my aunt out in chicago last summer and in her condo as we were walking out I saw a shiba that was blind but yhe crazy part was that it wad pinto. It had te cream body but had light red and brown patches I knew for a fact it was a shiba though because I remember reading that poorly bred shibas can sometimes be pinto, I slso asked if she was a shiba owner said yes. Then once we got to the dog park I saw a guy walking to AA's o.o I wanted to stalk them and just stare at their beauty lol I forgot to add my nanook is also best friends with a checkslovakian wolfdog the only one here in the states.
    Post edited by Nanook at 2013-04-24 12:31:23
  • JunJun
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    @shibamistress Thanks for the advise, I'll definitely do some research before we actually get one. There's also the Pet Expo here in calgary this weekend. Gonna go check that out too, hopefully will see some NK breeders there.

    @Hinata23 That dog does look like a hokkaido, that's why I wasn't too sure :D I don't really know too much about the two breeds to tell the difference.
  • SangmortSangmort
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    @Jun - I have four dogs, all under age 3 years old, all I got as puppies [ the oldest to the youngest are exactly 2 years apart. Wraith & Fate are 5 months apart in age, Fate & Dragoon are 15 months apart, and Dragoon & Aggro are 5 months apart.

    So, it's definitely do able. The only case I have of [ extreme ] bonding is Fate & Wraith. Fate is extremely attached to Wraith, if you take Wraith out and leave Fate at home, Fate will continually cry. [ he does stop eventually ] That said, Fate is still very much bonded to us as well. None of the dogs bonded more with each other than us tho. They're all pretty close to us.

    They did bond by way of age which is cool tho. So Wraith, being the eldest, doesn't favor any of the other pups. But Fate favors him, Dragoon favors Fate, and Aggro favors Dragoon.

    It can be hard tho. my house is never quiet since they're all youngins they're constantly playing and rough-housing non-stop. LOL And it sucks to have to go through potty-training so many times right behind each other, but the bright-side to that is I get it all out of the way in one shot. And, they'll all calm down together too. [ I expect I'll be able to get all four to lay down & chill at the same time by the end of the year...LOL ] People are always surprised when they come over and my pups play relatively well together, even with toys or food around, I think it's because they're so close in age.

    The expense can be killer tho!!!

    That said, I have 4, not 2, 2 is a little easier then 4 :p Definitely doesn't work for everyone, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Would do it again in a heartbeat, and I think I will always get my pups as youngins together in the future. ~
    Post edited by Sangmort at 2013-04-24 15:36:36
  • @jun - also, if you really want a shiba too, think seriously about rescuing an adult that is puppy tolerant, or getting a retired show shiba first, then a JA pup. Having both raised a puppy, then integrated a retired show dog into the household 1.5 years later, I can tell you that the adult is so much easier and just as rewarding. I also had an unusually easy shiba puppy and it was still a ton of work.
  • JunJun
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    @Sangmort You are a very lucky person :) Sounds like you got a very happy house there:D. I don't think I'll be able to handle four puppies though. Two would be the maximum for us for now, but down the road in three or four years, if we move into a bigger house, that might be possible.
    @violet_in_seville I like that idea, getting an adult shiba first might be a better choice for us. Although I still prefer to raise my dogs from puppies. I guess that's because when I was little our family always raised dogs from puppies. But anyways I'm not going to rush for the idea, so far all we know about shiba is they are cute and funny, and not so easy to train. Will need to take some time and look into the breed first :) I think I'm being too greedy, right now I'll be happy if I could have just one puppy (Akita Inu) :D
  • EsperchanEsperchan
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    OOH, yesterday was really awesome. I was at the park with my sister and i was watching the dogs that went by. First i saw a little dog with a curl tail, my bad eyesight didn't reveal more but then i saw it was a pug. But then, i saw a little red dog and i asked zohey(me sister) if they looked like a shiba. They were!!!! So i went over and asked f i could pet them and the lady was surprised i knew what a shiba was. The pup was soo adorable!! He was a red named copper and almost two years old. He was so friendly and nice, i was on a shiba high for the rest of the day.
  • JunJun
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    Saw this lovely baby yesterday in a park here in Calgary. I think she's a Hokkaiko, not sure. :D :D :D :D :D

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  • jeffnkazukojeffnkazuko
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    Hey, I know that dog!
  • JunJun
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    lol I'd think so, Jeff.
  • YUME!!! WOW she's so big. She's the CUTEST thing I've ever seen :x
  • JunJun
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    I tried to hold her but she wouldn't let me :( instead she ninja'd my water bottle and took off :(
  • WhoBitMeWhoBitMe
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    Man, Yume is so cute. :) Love that she stole a water bottle.
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  • SayaSaya
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    So cute! :D

    Crazy how big she has grown.
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    Post edited by Saya at 2013-04-30 08:23:11
  • CrispyCrispy
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    I found this today. She's a sesame? She still had black hairs like a sable dog on her back.

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    London REALLY liked her. Thought she was a pretty lady. I think they said her name was Mayumi? I might have misheard. The owners got her from a breeder in Florida.
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  • PoetikDragonPoetikDragon
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    I know the breeder in Florida.... Not good news. :/

    Cute sesame though!
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  • CrispyCrispy
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    @poeticdragon - Bad news bears. My first impression of her was that she looked a little different than the JAs I see here on the forum. I realize now that she had a white collar and tail tip (outside of her saddle/sable hairs). Of course, that faded into "omg, shut up there's a JA standing RIGHT there!"
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  • LosechLosech
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    I saw an (American) Akita at the dog park the other day. I took the Girls down to the creek, and the Akita was playing with a hound(?). It was a real cool looking Akita too, had some cool reddish sable and white markings going on. Almost the whole head was black though, that was a tad odd.
    For some reason I keep thinking that Akitas are BIG dogs, but every time I see one I think "That's a lot smaller than I thought they'd be..." And the Akitas I run into are full-grown so it's not like I'm seeing pups. Are the AA's bigger, smaller or the same size as JA's typically? I've never seen a JA in person, just the AA's.
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  • PoetikDragonPoetikDragon
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    American Akitas are typically 2-4 inches taller than their Japanese Akita counterparts of the same gender. They are 1.5x to 2.5x bigger than Japanese Akitas by weight, depending on the individual. An American Akita is roughly 30% heavier than a Japanese Akita of the same height and gender.
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    Post edited by PoetikDragon at 2013-05-04 17:46:35
  • SayaSaya
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    IGPX anime has a shiba on it as mascot or something haven't seen the anime in while restarted watching it..

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    Someday's dreamer and someday's dreamer 2 has shiba in it.

    First anime the shiba was the means to one of the guys magic I forgot what it is called like the mage have a character they make when they are in training and it comes out during mage action.
    No picture of it, but it's basically a blue clear shiba.

    Second anime of it the new mage trainee comes from Hokkaido and she has a pet shiba inu. The dog doesn't serve much except as a pet which shows small appearance of her petting him or talking about him.
    I still need to finish watching this anime I enjoy it kinda laid back and nice artwork style.
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    Not really in real life sighting, but I enjoy spotting shiba, and breeds I like and anime, movies, and tv shows.

    Seen a red shiba on the pit boss show on first or second season I forgot it was being walked in the background..
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  • WrylyBrindleWrylyBrindle
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    I think there's one in Kamichu, as well- at the temple.
  • shibamistressshibamistress
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    My Akita is 110 pounds. He's pretty tall too. However, I thought AAs were smaller than I expected, because I kept running into "grown" AAs, who were actually under a year old. (lots of the AAs I saw and like were actually puppies at shows--I didn't realize though because they were around 6-7 months old and looked grown to me then!)

    Oskar got taller/heavier after he turned 1.
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  • @saya, @wrylybrindle - Eden of the East also has (an adorable) shiba inu, a red one. I was surprised at the detail. The pup even has a mix of blond and black lashes, which my two red pups have. Also, generally, a really fun show.
  • SayaSaya
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    I know about that anime been wanting to buy it.. haha The shiba on it looks cute.

    Summer wars has a red shiba on it as a pet it stays outside.
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  • WrylyBrindleWrylyBrindle
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    oh yes, my daughter went through a big Summer Wars phase last year...how could I forget? :)
  • CaliaCalia
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    Eden of the East, such an awesome anime. The ending was pretty epic too.
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  • MapleTwinkieMapleTwinkie
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    Last year I saw what I thought was a JA in my neighborhood (JA's in Canada are next to nil, I live out in the boonies in Ontario so it's even more unlikely!). So I've always been wondering whether it was a real JA that I saw or not! But Saigo and I were at Petsmart yesterday and saw the JA!

    Me to the lady " OMG, that's a Japanese Akita"
    Lady: "Yes! how did you know...?"
    Me (Saigo sitting beside me): "Saigo is a Japanese Akita"
    Lady: "Oh, he looks different. I thought that's a Shabby Inu"

    She got her dog from a petstore 6 years ago and unfortunately there was no info about the dog's pedigree. She was told that it was a purebred JA. Her dog is a very light red and had a husky face to me (longer snout, little mouth from the side, you can't really tell from these pics). Her dog also had light hazel coloured eyes. She was a pretty girl. Could possibly be full JA or mixed husky. What do you guys think?

    I'm glad I solved that mystery though! LOL...

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  • WrylyBrindleWrylyBrindle
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    My first thought is that those arent NK eyeshapes. I agree it looks huskyish.
  • shibamistressshibamistress
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    Yep, that's what I thought.

    And Shabby Inu! ha! Some days all my dogs fit that description--mid coat blowing time that is!
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  • WhoBitMeWhoBitMe
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    So on Thursday I needed to go pick up a family member from school and as I was driving I saw a woman walking two dogs along the road. The first one I instantly recognized as a Basenji and the other? Well, it was a cute little black and tan shiba. The pairing reminded be of @curlytails and Bowdu and Bowpi.

    And today when I went hiking I saw a black and tan Shiba as well.
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    But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”
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  • ValkyriiValkyrii
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    My wife finally got a chance to see a black and tan shiba up close over the memorial day weekend at Petsmart in their Doggy Day Car. This dog was the mildest one in the room. Pretty much just sat in the middle of the floor oblivious to all the other dogs running around. My wife fell in love with him or her.

    Then this weekend my wife saw an American Akita in Petsmart, beautiful animal. Akita research is what eventually led me here and then ultimately to a Kai. While she agreed the Akita was a great looking dog she was so glad we went with the Kai. I think the size intimidated her.

    Alas no shibas or akitas in our future, we have our heart set on another Kai when the time is right. I have Brad's site set to favorites (hehe)

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