It’s nice to see a community of enthusiasts come together to support a breed they love. If you’ve wanted to help the Shikoku Ken breed, but didn’t know how to make a difference, here’s your chance!
For years now members of The Nihon Ken Forum have discussed how they wanted to help preserve the Nihon ken breeds. We’ve had many discussions [link] about how the Shikoku Ken was on a path to potential disaster. Members of the community have voiced their concern and support for the breed…
We’ll here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is. Help the breed by donating to the above cause.
How will this help the breed?
Simple, breeders of Shikoku Ken in Japan are hesitant to breed their dogs because they find it very hard to place Shikoku Ken puppies in Japan. Instead of moving forward with breeding their Shikoku Ken, they pass on the opportunity for fear of being stuck with a litter of puppies that they cannot find homes for.
Add to that the fact that most of the Shikoku Ken breeders are older, and don’t have the energy or time they once had to dedicate to the breed. The result is a drastic decrease in Shikoku Ken being born and registered (with NIPPO) in Japan.
With such a decrease in the number of Shikoku Ken being produced, the population in Japan is shrinking. And while the few active breeders continue to show their Shikoku Ken in NIPPO events, the breed becomes more refined. With that refinement comes a higher degree of selection, and that leads to an even smaller (closer) population. Where 10 years ago it may have been possible to find two relatively unrelated Shikoku, now it is becoming increasingly difficult to find that.
This shrink in population, the decrease of new Shikoku Ken being produced, and the continued refinement of the breed will inevitably lead to the destruction of the Shikoku Ken.
By donating to the cause above, you help bring new Shikoku Ken blood into North America and you help persuade the Shikoku Ken breeders in Japan to produce more dogs (because they will see that they can place pups overseas). This increase in breeding will enlarge the population and hopefully change the course of the breed to a more positive one.
So, again, here’s your chance to help the breed. It doesn’t take much, far less than trying to import a Shikoku Ken on your own (trust me, I know)! It doesn’t matter if you can’t afford much, every little bit helps.
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