On Tuesday Umma welcomed her five pups into the world. The humans helped, but she did a great job despite the fact she had never done this before either.
People ask if Hokkaido Ken shed and the answer is yes.
We think Umma is a fantastic dog for a zillion reasons, but today we want to talk about one excellent one.
I’m not sure when it happened, but here we are. Some time in late August and early September, between dealing with an broken claw that had her paw wrapped up for a few days, her second birthday, and the end of her most recent heat cycle, our little baby Umma became an adult. Suddenly (well,… Continue reading Suddenly an Adult
Click Part I and Part II of the differences between Misaki the Shiba and Umma the Hokkaido Ken. On Grooming Being a Shiba, Misaki sheds her thick undercoat twice a year – for six months at a time. (I can take no credit for this joke.) Her fur is light and fluffy and a 10-minute… Continue reading Similar But Different: Part III
See Part I of the differences between Misaki the Shiba and Umma the Hokkaido Ken here. On Intelligence All of the Japanese breeds are highly intelligent. They learn quickly, they engage with learning, and for the most part they want to do what their humans ask of them. Umma and Misaki both learned simple commands… Continue reading Similar But Different: Part II
https://www.instagram.com/p/BXtrPcwH1oe Note: I originally intended this to be one post, but by the time I was done drafting it had become 4500 words. I decided to split it up into three parts over the course of a week. Enjoy! *** Umma is the third Nihon Ken in our family history. We started with an Akita… Continue reading Similar But Different: Part I