JAPAN’S RARE DOG BREEDS – NIHON KEN


– [Narrator] Dogumentary TV. Producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (dog barking) (calm Asian music) – My name’s Brad Anderson. And I breed Kai Ken
through Yamabushi Kennel, Kishu Ken through Hakuzan Kennel. A Kai Ken, a Kai Ken and
a Kishu Kennel are both members of the Nihon Ken landrace. The Nihon Ken landrace was, the Nihon Ken, which means Japanese dog,
was originally a landrace. After World War Two, the Japanese started to split up the breed. They formed what’s called
the Nihon Ken Hozonkai, almost known as NIPPO,
they formed that in order to preserve the native Japanese breeds. And they split them up into, in a naming convention after the
region that they came from. So the Kai is named for Kai Prefecture, which is now called Yamanashi. Kishu is from Kishu. The Kishu Ken is from Kishu. Akita is from Akita. The Hokkaido is from Hokkaido. And the Shiba is a little different. They just kinda gave them a general name. Because they came from
kinda all over Japan. And then the Shikoku Ken is from Shikoku. We started preserving the Nihon Ken really through the Kai Ken, that was
our first preservation effort. And definitely kind of our
heart breed, so to speak. I started our Kai Ken
preservation when I realized the population in America
needed more diversity. And it became my mission
to bring Kai Ken from Japan to America to be bred into this population so that the founder effect
in America was less severe. So that we brought
essentially the Japanese dogs, or the Japanese Kai Ken
population closer to the American Kai Ken population in type
and standard and temperament. I started preserving
the Kishu Ken as well, because I saw the same issue happening. And actually in a more extreme situation, because there was really only one breeder of the Kishu Ken in
America, and she has a very kind of narrow view of
what the Kishu should be. When in Japan, the
Kishu is actually one of the most popular of the
medium-sized Nihon Ken. So I kinda did the same
thing with the Kishu Ken, I decided I’m gonna
import lines from Japan to be bred into the American population. I believe I imported the
first Yushoku Kishu Ken, which is the colored Kishu Ken. And since then there’s been
several others that have come over by me and by other
people, which is awesome. That’s one thing that I’d like everyone to know about Nihon Ken and our effort is that we very much want
other people to help. We want other breeders, we
want other people to import. We’re happy to share the
information that we have. We’re happy to help you import. We cannot do it all ourselves, and we don’t wanna do it all ourselves. We do not wanna be, you know,
the 5,000 pound elephant. We want it to be a community of people, you know, focused on
helping the Nihon Ken. Whether that’s the Shikoku, or the Kishu, or the Kai Ken, or the Akita,
or the Shiba, whatever. I did the same with Hokkaido. I decided that I wanted to
help that breed as well. There were very, very, very few Hokkaido in America before I imported mine. There was one gentleman
in Boulder, Colorado that had imported four, I
believe, but never bred them. I then found out that the last true bear hunting kennel in Hokkaido was gonna close shop and stop breeding Hokkaido Ken. So I imported a female named
Ginkgo from that last litter. We then as a community imported
a brindle male named Yeeso. Those two were mated, and
that, they produced one litter. That was the first litter in America. I didn’t have that litter, our friend Lindsey in Washington had that litter. And that’s how I got Korasi,
which is my Hokkaido Ken now. She was from that litter. So it was a collaborative
effort, and I love that. And the Kishu is the same,
we worked closer with other, you know, Kishu enthusiasts to import and share bloodlines as much as possible. And the same with the
Kai Ken, we work with all of the Kai Ken breeders
here except for one. And you know, I really love
the community of the Nihon Ken. So that is one thing that’s
really drawn me to the breed. I created the nihonken.org,
the Nihon Ken Forum. A long time ago, it actually started as the Shikoku Dog Forum,
because we had one Shikoku. And she was such a crazy
animal, I wanted to see if there was anyone
else out there that was experiencing, you know,
that level of craziness. And it, this grassroots
kind of thing grew. And we had other people
coming on that were interested in the Shikoku, but they had
Shiba, or Kishu, or whatever. And then I was like I gotta
change this, this has to be the Nihon Ken Forum, not
just the Shikoku Dog Forum. And that community has been amazing. It has grown huge. And I have some of my closest
friends in that community. And so, you know, while I love the dogs, I love the Kai Ken, in a lot of ways it’s the community that keeps me in the breed. So many great people, you
know, working together to help these breeds and do their best
by them, it’s just special. I know I’ve, I honestly
don’t think I’ve seen it in any other dog breed
that I’ve worked with, except for maybe the West Siberian Laika. The Nihon Ken needs help in many different ways. And it’s, each breed is unique. The Kai Ken, the first, you know, the first group of dogs that came over, came over in the ’90s
and there were just 11. And they were bred to produce
a population of around 1,000. And so they were essentially
like little clones. And there was a shift
in the breed standard, because they were only
being showed in the UKC to make them much bigger
than they should be in Japan. Where traditionally the
actual creation of the Kai Ken Aigokai, the preservation
society for the Kai Ken, came about because the
Kai Ken actually fits between the Shiba and the Shikoku in size. Between the Shiba and the
medium-sized dogs in size. So the Kai Ken Aigokai spun off of NIPPO so that they could formalize
the true size of the Kai Ken. And it wouldn’t be that
of the medium-sized dogs that NIPPO was trying to group them into. So the fact that the Kai
Ken in America was getting bigger and bigger in size
was disheartening to me. And it showed that we were
going to end up similar to the Akita, where the breed split
because they came to America. It’s called the founder effect. Whoever, you know, the
breed comes to America, and then we start breeding
that breed in one direction, while the Japanese are
breeding that same breed in another direction, and you end
up with two separate breeds. And I didn’t want that to
happen with the Kai Ken. So that’s why it became
so important for us to bring Kai Ken over from Japan to try and correct the course of
the population in America. The same applies to the
Kishu, but the Kishu was a different situation
where there was just so few Kishu here that they
were becoming bottlenecked. So we needed to start
bringing Kishu into America to help, you know, stop that bottleneck. And the, I guess it’s irony,
the irony of the situation of the Kishu is, in Japan,
the Kishu is a pretty popular breed as far
as the Nihon Ken goes, and as far as the
medium-sized Nihon Ken goes. So, like it’s pretty
easy to cherry pick some really great dogs from
Japan and bring them over to introgress into the
American population. Same applies with the Hokkaido. The Hokkaido, you know, is a breed that basically didn’t
exist here in America. And it was important just the same to get those original hunting
lines that are dying off in Japan to America so
that at least we have some of that line before
they die off in Japan. Now the Shikoku is an
interesting situation because they’re actually more
popular outside of Japan. And they’re actually doing
better outside of Japan. It’s an unfortunate
situation in Japan where the Shikoku breeders
are aging and retiring. And there’s no young people in Japan picking up and breeding the Shikoku. Meanwhile, they’re so
heavy-handed in the selection of that breed in Japan
that they just inbreed and inbreed and inbreed
to the point where it’s very possible the Shikoku
dog will disappear in Japan. So that’s why it’s so
important for us to import as many dogs from Japan as we can now, so that at least, with
Shikoku, if it dies in Japan, it won’t die in America
or Europe or Canada. So there are all different reasons for preserving these dogs. But they’re all important
and needed to happen sooner than later in
every single instance. Which is why we’ve helped
each of the breeds. This is Brad Anderson
with Yamabushi Kennel, and Hakuzan Kennel, and
the Nihon Ken Forum. And these are my thoughts and
observations on the Nihon Ken.

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100 Responses

  1. Kathy Arias says:

    Beautiful dogs

  2. SAMURAI K9S says:

    Love your documentaries. Very well done. Much appreciated. Thanks.

  3. Manaf Al Haddad says:

    @dogumentarytv you have a great great channel bro keep it up, i am from bahrain and i watched many of your videos but i didnt see a report of the Korean mastiff breed,( correct me if I'm wrong) i hope to see you putting the light on that rare breed from South korea, thank you again brother

  4. Shipwrek 4 says:

    Amazing dog but I would of liked too learn more about the breed

  5. g_the_status 1 says:

    Hi, I'm Brad Anderson and I am living the American dream.

  6. Mrs. Garcia says:

    Very cool, thank you!

  7. Rogelio Velasquez says:

    just learn some Japanese Nihon Ken

  8. Mimi Me says:

    Brad your videos are a wealth of information and are so interesting. I didn't know the Akita was from Japan. That dog saved my brother's life. Long story short his dog kept licking his hands and barking. His wife found him unconscious, called 911. My brother had a widow maker. Doctor said your dog saved your life. What are the temperaments on the dogs on video?

  9. TheSNOTTBALL says:

    man I love this video Zeke!

  10. Bobby John says:

    Y'all have yer Kai Ken, Hokkkaido Ken, Kishu Ken, and Shikoko Ken whata bout yer Barbie Ken?

  11. Prince Tahir says:

    hi sir how can I get this breed,I like them.Thanks

  12. GingerDaemon says:

    Every time i see Kishu's and Shikoku I get excited, I want one in the future!

  13. Joe GarP says:

    Yeah, "narrow view" is often a problem with dog breeds…

  14. Shane Gill says:

    the shicoku look interesting. i wonder if there available here in australia

  15. swankswag says:

    This dude is epic!! He loves dogs and really cares about them on some next level shit! Respect!

  16. Corrado VRz says:

    Please do a Shiba episode.

  17. sizzle78 247 says:

    Brad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the dog owner

  18. Jalil Gibson says:

    I was just wondering I'm a big fan of your videos. What kind of dog do you have?

  19. Diane Jaynes says:

    Requesting a video about Rhodesian Ridgebacks please!!!

  20. Brad Anderson says:

    For those of you who want to know more about the history and function of each Nihon Ken breed, here is a link to the article I wrote for the Primitive and Aboriginal Dog Society (PADS): http://www.bradanderson.org/pads/PADS-Newsletter_30.pdf

  21. Isiah Ennis says:

    ware can i get one

  22. NotSoSilentBob Z says:

    Any plans on doing a living with a shorty bull segment?

  23. TANVIR ARITRO says:

    how many breeds do you have Brad? !!!!!!!!!!

  24. YourBrother says:

    662 videos and counting. What a body of work bro, that's what I call a grind.

    Awesome how your channel is evolving Zeke, I hope you get your shot on National Geographic. It's well deserved. What an articulated gentleman you are Sir.

    God Bless

  25. SonOfTheVille914 says:

    7:17 what breed is that puppy???

  26. Gabriella20xx says:

    Could you do a video on azores cattle dogs or 'cãp de film de são miguel' full name. Thank you another great video as always 👍

  27. Joe GarP says:

    So the Tosa is not considered to be part of the Nihon Ken?
    Since they all come from the same landrace are they allowed to interbred between them? Or are they kept strictly separated with closed studbooks?

    I really liked this video, is not about the dogs of a specific breed like the others (which I also liked), but more of an overview of these group of breeds and the challenges that preserving a breed entail. Sometimes people just focus on the particular dogs and forget to keep an eye at the bigger picture, and we all know how that has gone for many dog breeds and their current issues.
    Anyway, hats off to both of you, Zeke and Brad.

  28. Human Being says:

    hi well come back

  29. Lauren Serrano says:

    Hey, I'm pretty sure this channel called ViralBe took some of your footage of Rottweilers, Dobermans, and Cane Corsos.

  30. Lauren Serrano says:

    You're watching Brad Anderson tv

    (I'm joking, love these dogumentaries! The best in YouTube by far!!!)

  31. P1rate20 says:

    Brad Anderson, I thought you did a great job and did a real service to the breeds, but then again I care more about dogs than the number of ums or how you introduce yourself. To the critics, the man is obviously a true dog man not a public speaker. Why exactly are you here if it's not about the dogs? It's far easy to nit pick someone's words on camera than to be the one actually speaking.

  32. Power says:

    You don't know how true that is…

  33. SGTR says:

    Akita ❤

  34. Kevin West says:

    Brad man please don't take this the wrong way dude but every time I hear your voice I just want to give you a drink of something,but you know your shit about dogs!

  35. Carlos Rodriguez says:

    nice dogs like the chow chows

  36. Josiah says:

    Dude you have cool dogs, but bananas shirt?

  37. Laura Garnham says:

    To me the shikoko looks like a cross between a wolf and a dingo, it's absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for your work keeping these rare breeds going and improving their population outside of Japan.

  38. Nickos White says:

    thai ridgeback coming soon??

  39. jazmine pierce says:

    Hi! So I live in Okinawa and absolutely love the kai Ken! I plan on buying a male and female and bring them back with me to breed. Do you have any tips or the process to be able to breed and sell?

  40. Gage Putman says:

    This video is awesome, I'm in love with the kai ken and intend to get one while I'm stationed here in Japan, and bring it back to the states in a couple years, please point me in the direction of this community

  41. Kelly Wyld says:

    Kohji and Taj say hello Brad and fam! Thank you guys for everything you've done for the Nihon Ken here in the US….it's true commitment, love and respect.

  42. terry williams says:

    He's explaining the rare breed….this is not a "living with" video. Read the title numnuts

  43. logan demcak says:

    Thanks so much for your work!

  44. BIG HUNGRY says:

    …they even look Japanese LOL!

  45. Nestor Marte says:

    how many dogs does this guy have???

  46. Jozef Respicio says:

    He sounds confusing!like he smoked alot of weed

  47. George Ramos says:

    Rare breeds nice

  48. Marky Marco says:

    mmmmm yummy !

  49. Elisa lpaga says:

    They are way too beautiful 😭😭😭😭😭

  50. 애바Ava- says:

    I cannot find this breed anywhere does anybody have a clue where you can get this breed of dog in the USA

  51. TheBlkzr2 says:

    Did you really say that America needed more diversity in dogs? That's has to be one of the top stupidest comments on you tube. Go look at dog pounds. Plenty of diversity. And now by your actions the quality of the breed/s is going to deteriorate by the inevitable mixed breeding. Good job buddy.

  52. Pradeep Prattipati says:

    Is the dog from BOLT movie a Nihon Ken breed??? These dogs look like the movie character "Bolt".

  53. kerakoji says:

    Where can I get one?

  54. Jaime Gonzalez says:

    Brad againnn omg lol

  55. Ben says:

    Fr how many dogs does this dude have

  56. Noel Molina says:

    What is the purpose of this breed? Why is it worth conserving? Their is a reason why the Japanese don't think this dog is worth preserving. Sometimes we just need to let nature take it's course.

  57. cypresspeter2008 says:

    He would probably go nuts over poong san gaes.

  58. ThankDogs says:

    I appreciate what you're trying to do. As much as I love most things Japan and adore dogs, I'm not into the Japanese native breeds. I much prefer the Molosser breeds over the Spitz type, and oddly, even the Tosa is towards the bottom of my Molosser loves.

  59. 0riginal _Panda_Child says:

    Brad sounds like kermit with a sore throat

  60. Michael Mclachlan says:

    this guy shouldent have haLF these dogs in climate he is staying in

  61. cypresspeter2008 says:

    In WWII, the Japanese military tried to eradicate the jindo gae (jindo dog). They slaughtered the jindos for their fur for the Japanese military. Yet, the military also took some jindo gaes to Japan to strengthen their bloodlines. Jindos help strengthen akita and shiba bloodlines.

  62. anthraxx says:

    Can you make a video on temperaments and what potential owners should consider before getting one of these breeds

  63. Some One says:

    This guys has every dog you've never heard of lol
    Good on you Brad

  64. Cane Corso says:

    Now why would you try to make anything American, this country ruins every thing!!!

  65. Ken Hall says:

    I'm beginning to suspect this dude is a dog lover.

  66. INTUITIVE & INSPIRED ART says:

    Hey Brad: Please keep our beloved Kai Ken going. Sophie (formerly known as Chewy) is still alive and thriving. She's our amazing little Kai girl.

  67. Seth Herron says:

    brad thank you for the work with my favorite dogs I grew up with Akita's my whole life……that being said this breed is unfortunately being "bottlenecked" it has been years since I have seen true akita ken in the USA besides it's coat the size is severely exaggerated. thanks

  68. SECRET WEAPONS KENNEL says:

    This guy has Caucasian ovcharkas,tosa and these other two breeds of dogs.he is not fucking around.

  69. OGIT1917 says:

    Brad is a beast! This guys is awesome! I would love to chat with him and ask him about the Shikoku Inu! They are so beautiful and exotic!

  70. Michaela Alexander says:

    I think my dog might have some sort of Japanese breed in her… I thought maybe she was a lab gsd but her tail is super curly. She’s all black dingo looking 55-65 lbs…

  71. O’Duffy Blue says:

    I’m surprised no idiot got on here and started posting about how you need to get a pitbull.

  72. Christian Brown says:

    Can I buy some Japanese dogs off of you or know where to get some? I am very serious, I have game breed pit bulls right now but I want make it four, I would love to have a male Japanese Kishu and a female Tosa Inu at the moment.

  73. Gustavo A. Biaggi D. says:

    do shiba inu next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. Jason Bourne says:

    fUCK living in a desert ahahaha

  75. boiragirules says:

    HOw do you keep the blood line seperate on such a few dogs and a few gene pool.

  76. yahyamoro says:

    Too bad the Ryukyu inu is not included in the Nihon ken group

  77. Gandhiji Don says:

    If brad cares so much send me a puppy for free I'll raise it in England get your breed here

  78. BlazeLeeDragon says:

    I love my Kai Ken, they are fantastic dogs and I'm so happy they have been made available in the USA.

  79. M Gonzo says:

    Gorgeous breed.

  80. Just cats says:

    Can you do a profile on the Patagonia Sheepdogs from South America??

  81. Sean Kaine says:

    Yo how many dogs does this man have Jesus. See and the crazy thing is all his dogs look healthy now that's what you call living the life

  82. J.R. Hinaut says:

    cough up that phlegm, brad.

  83. Janiro says:

    God damnit. No wonder there’s No dogs like this in my area.

  84. Lauren Escudero says:

    i know it was mentioned but i dont remember which part. which of the breeds are dying out?

  85. SugarGliderDude says:

    i got three Shiba Inu's, Enjoyed this video, would love to import one of these types in the future 🙂

  86. Catherine Fraser says:

    Very interesting story. I am of mixed feelings regarding this mission. I love dogs but when the work and the culture disappears, it might be fine for the breeds to die out.

  87. Derek Hunter says:

    What about the Tosa Ken?

  88. Freedom Lives says:

    Man he's got all kinds of dog

  89. webbess1 says:

    There's no young people in Japan period, LOL.

  90. Glass is Half full says:

    I'm looking for a a breeder near Idaho. I'm looking for a female. We've got a big ranch here in Nampa Idaho. I'm hoping this dog will make a great addition to our already big family of people and animals. I looked at an Akita Inu. But I wasn't really keen on the whole aggression thing. I understand that dogs have a lot of aggression anyways especially the bully breeds we've already got to American pitbulls terriers. One's getting ready to pass away so we're looking to get another dog and I believe the kai Ken would be a great addition to our family we are dog lovers all throughout our family I would be introducing the new puppy the chi send to the already big dog family that we have throughout our people family. Finding a good reputable breeder would be awesome any help on that would be awesome to thank you so much

  91. joe ere says:

    My name is Joe 510 982 9082

  92. Intelligent Dating says:

    He talks waaaay too much. Disappointing. I wanted to know about the dogs, not how many there are and how many he is going to save and bla bla bla.

  93. D Roman says:

    Interesting story about the history of those dogs, but I would like to have learned more about the character, temperament, and behavior of the dogs themselves.

  94. Miy'Ka El Lovai says:

    Alot of misinformation

  95. Miy'Ka El Lovai says:

    And it's sad that the United states bombed these dogs

  96. 自然神奇探索 says:

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  97. DE360 Wavy says:

    Hey Zeke if I was interested in getting one of the dogs were would get the info

  98. Cindy Ingraham says:

    I truly am sorry, the whole purpose this so-called dog umentary, is to learn more about the breed of dog. This gentleman is the only one that talks completely about pedigree. It's all about pedigree of his dogs, in his kennel. Myself, I come here to learn more about the breed, if this may be a dog for a family. This gentleman never gives you information about the breed of dog he is talking about. As a consumer I am looking for the temperament of a dog, the coat weather it's double-coated how much time you can expect to put in on the coat up keep. Is this dog good for a family with kids or small kids. If this dog is animal aggressive, are just what to expect for the dogs temperament in general. I really would like to learn more about the dog, rather than it's pedigree. Now if I go to purchase a dog, than that's when I will be interested in the dogs pedigree. This is after you have made a informed decision to purchase said dog.

  99. 576575s says:

    Here we call these dogs mutts because we dont know theres rare breeds out there that look like your normal mix breed backyard dog

  100. Johnathan James Studios says:

    What is bottle neck and is it good or bad

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