Japanese Dogs: Akita, Shiba, and Other Breeds

Japanese Dogs: Akita, Shiba, and Other Breeds

by Michiko Chiba, Yuichi Tanabe
     
 

The first in-depth treatment of all the breeds of Japanese dog.

Finally, the first book to treat not just the Akita or the shiba but all breeds of Japanese dogs.

Japanese Dogs introduces the ten main breedsthe Akita, Shiba, Kishu, Shikoku, Kai, Hokkaido, Japanese Spitz, Japanese Terrier, Chin, and Tosa Fighting Dog. It shows each of these ten dogs in stunning

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The first in-depth treatment of all the breeds of Japanese dog.

Finally, the first book to treat not just the Akita or the shiba but all breeds of Japanese dogs.

Japanese Dogs introduces the ten main breedsthe Akita, Shiba, Kishu, Shikoku, Kai, Hokkaido, Japanese Spitz, Japanese Terrier, Chin, and Tosa Fighting Dog. It shows each of these ten dogs in stunning color photographs and describes in detail each dog's distinctive physical characteristics, temperament, and behavior.

The book traces the history of the largest organization in Japan for preserving and protecting the breedsknown as Nippoas well as the Nippo Standard for the Japanese Dog and the way that judging is conducted at Nippo shows. It traces the history of the dog in Japan, including the two times in the twentieth century whendue first to war and then a distemper epidemicall the breeds were in imminent danger of extinction, and how they were brought back to their current numbers and level of popularity.

Japanese Dogs outlines the dogs' traditional usestill sometimes seen in the countrysideas partners in hunting wild animals such as boar and bear. It describes the close bond that was essential between hunter and hunting dog, and the way that this capacity for bonding has been bred into the dogs for generations, so that today too, as pets, they tend to be boundlessly loyal.

The book includes stories about well-known dogs like Hachiko, the Akita who waited outside a Tokyo train station every evening for his master's return for nearly ten years after the master had passed away, until the dog's own death; Hachiko is commemorated in a statue that stands outside that same station. Or Tama, the Shiba that saved her ownera hunter in snowy, mountainous countryfrom being buried in snow not just once, but three times.

The book also describes an unusual breed, the Jomon Shibaa contemporary dog that has been bred, on the basis of fossil remains, to resemble as closely as possible a long-extinct breed from Paleolithic times. Much more wolflike and regal-looking than the wildly popular Shiba, this dog has also gained many devoted fanciers, although it is completely unknown to most Japanese people.

In addition to thirty-two pages of color photos, Japanese Dogs is illustrated throughout with numerous black-and-white photos of other, lesser known breeds, scenes from dog shows, archaeological finds, and ukiyoe and other paintings Japanese Dogs is sure to be of interest to enthusiasts of any of the Japanese breeds, and to admirers of dogs everywhere.

- Heavily Illustrated Throughout
- 32 Pages of Color Photos
- A Wealth of Information on Japan's 10 Fascinating Dog Breeds

Editorial Reviews

Star Newspapers
Part coffee-table book and part reference book, [this book is] informative and helpful when choosing a particular breed.
Library Journal
In recent years two Japanese dog breeds, the Akita and Shiba, have been gaining in popularity in the United States. However, eight other breeds are indigenous to Japan with equally long and honorable histories. Chiba is owner of A.D. Summers, a magazine company that publishes Dog Fan and Dog Days (in Japanese). With contributions from several Japanese experts, she examines all ten native breeds: Kishu, Shikoku, Kai, Kishu, Hokkaido, Japanese Spitz, Japanese Terrier, Chin, and Tosa Fighting Dog, as well as the Akita and the Shiba. She explains the standard for each breed; its personality; its history, which in some cases dates back to the Paleolithic era; and its value as a working dog and companion. She also acquaints the reader with the Nippo, the Japanese equivalent of the American Kennel Club, and describes a typical breed conformation dog show. Endearing stories of legendary canines, such as Hachiko, the loyal dog who waited for his owner at the railroad station for 20 years after his master's death, and Heiji, the mountain guide dog, complete this unique, informative, and beautifully illustrated book. Recommended for public libraries that collect dog-breed books.-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784770028754
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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