On this page, you will find all of the dogs imported and/or owned by club members who have contributed or were imported with the intention to contribute to the future of the breed, representing the foundation of our NIPPO and AKC-FSS dual-registered dogs in North America. If you are interested in importing, please reach out to the club our officers can see if there is anything we can do to assist and make the process easier.
- 2009: Zushuu no Tarou go Tourou sou, "Taro", is born September 26th in Japan, bred by Kazunori Hanaoka. Taro is one of the few remaining purebred, NIPPO registered, hunting line Kishu Ken. Mr. Hanaoka almost singlehandedly preserves the famous Hosoda line of hunting Kishu Ken. While the Hosoda hunting line lacks the modern show type appearance, the Hosoda line of hunting dogs is renown for their temperament and ability in the field. Taro sires 2 litters and founds the primary paternal line among US NIPPO and NAKC breeders. He is owned and imported by club member Gen Murofushi of Sagami no Roushya.
- 2015: Gomataro go Bousou Yawara sou, "Toutarou", is born December 17th in Japan, bred by Yoshito Watanabe. Toutarou is from a well known Kanto area breeder out of Wakayama show lines. These lines are some of the most exported from Japan at the time and make up a good portion of the population in Europe and are already present in the USA, but help contribute strong type and old lines to the foundation of our US NIPPO and NAKC litters. Toutarou is the only yuushoku male to be exported from Japan to date. He is imported and owned by club member C.J. McCammon of Akiyama no Roushya and sires 2 litters with the same bitch before retiring to a pet home.
- 2017: Jikino Kensha no Nami no Aima go, "Jason", is born on October 12th in Finland, bred by Riina and Juho Haapakallio. Jason is out of two NIPPO-registered parents exported from Japan out of Himeharu sou and Kinokawa sou. His dam is proven on boar before being exported. He is the first white coated male imported to the USA representing more modern NIPPO show line type. He is owned and imported by club member C.J. McCammon of Akiyama no Roushya and has sired 2 litters to date.
- 2018: Sakura no Bunta go Himeharu sou, "Shogun", is born September 5th in Japan, bred by Masayuki Suzuki. Shogun is from a popular NIPPO show line in Japan and related to the sire of earlier import Nami no Aima go. He lives as a pet with the private party who imported him, willing to work with the NAKC and help preserve the breed in the USA.
- 2021: Katsusaburou go Tomoe, "Enkai", is born January 18th in Japan, bred by Eiji Yokota. Enkai is one of two littermate siblings imported from Japan at the same time, from a very well known NIPPO kennel and a remarkably strong, competitive show line pedigree. Enkai and his littermate sister also help re-establish Mie lines into the USA NIPPO population via their dam. He is imported by C.J. McCammon of Akiyama no Roushya and co-owned with Kristina Arthmann of Akagawa Roushya.
- 2022: Souma go Kenyuan, "Egg", is born on December 31st in Japan, bred by Maiko Morimoto. Egg is out of a famous NIPPO kennel preserving Mie lines and is the first "pure" Mie line import to the USA within the NAKC and NIPPO population. He offers a different style and somewhat different pedigree background to the US NIPPO and NAKC population of Kishu Ken. He is owned and imported by Kristina Arthmann of Akagawa Roushya.
- 2010: Yawata no Tsukihime go Ichikawa Kinofuji, "Yuki", was born on October 21st in Japan, bred by NIPPO member and hunter Kondo-san. Yuki is from Kondo-san's personal line of hunting dogs bring bred to the NIPPO show standard. She produced one litter before being retired and her lineage remains rare in the USA. Unfortunately, her lineage was never exported anywhere else and Kondo-san's kennel has stopped producing dogs. Only one of Yuki's sons was bred, one time, producing one breeding quality dog. This lineage remains rare overall. She was owned and imported by club member Gen Murofushi and passed away of cancer in 2022.
- 2011: Oosaka no Sekihime go Kishuu Yoshitaka sou, "Nami", was born on October 25th in Japan, bred by Yoshitaka Nishikawa. Nami is from an old Wakayama line commonly exported from Japan in the early days. She is believed to be the second yuushoku Kishu Ken exported from Japan and the first to be placed with a breeder. During the early days of Nami's arrival many people outside of Japan believed Kishu Ken could only be white-coated and that yuushoku Kishu Ken were mixed. She has directly helped public education about the breed and is the first US Kishu Ken to win (multiple) best in shows. She was imported by club members Brad and Jen Anderson of Hakuzan Ryousou and owned by club member C.J. McCammon of Akiyama no Roushya. She was placed initially with club member Gen Murofushi where she was proven on boar and has even treed cougar. She is among the most extensively titled dogs in the USA today. Nami was bred 2 times before her retirement.
- 2014: Houshunme go Gunrou Towa sou, "Shizuka", was born on February 24th in Japan. Shizu is a NIPPO registered bitch from old hunting and show lines and a famous kennel that worked to preserve the Miyama line of Kishu Ken and yuushoku coats. Shizu's lineage is somewhat uncommon from her dam's side and she is the only yuushoku Kishu Ken outside of Japan providing lineage that does not come down from the Hidaka line of Kishu Ken. All other yuushoku Kishu Ken outside of Japan derive their ancestry from the Hidaka line of Kishu Ken. Shizu was owned and imported by club members Brad and Jen Anderson of Hakuzan Ryousou and produced 3 litters before being sent to her retirement home with club member Julia.
- 2016: Seihoume go Hakushuu Daizan sou, "Reiko", was born October 7th in Japan, bred by Susumu Okada. Reiko was the first Kishu Ken bitch imported by NAKC and NIPPO members representing the modern NIPPO show type. She offers all new lineage to the USA and no other Kishu Ken in the USA has the same type of ancestors that Reiko does to date. Reiko was imported by club members Brad & Jen Anderson of Hakuzan Ryousou and owned by C.J. McCammon of Akiyama no Roushya. She has been bred only once.
- 2020: Yoshimi Trump Hunter, "Ume", was born on July 19th in Ukraine, bred by Julia Kovgan. 3/4s of Ume's lineage is from lines which have been bred in Europe for generations and have lost their NIPPO registration, but offered something somewhat different to what we have available in the USA, though she shares common ancestry with earlier imported dogs in the lineage further back. Her paternal granddam is a NIPPO import to Russia whose lineage is also somewhat uncommon and therefore in the absence of available bitch puppies to import from Japan at the time (due to the sharp decline of the Kishu Ken population), Ume provided the US with valuable options for potential diversity. She was imported by club member C.J. McCammon of Akiyama no Roushya and owned by club member Kristina Arthmann of Akagawa Roushya.
- 2021: Katsuichime go Tomoe, "Sakura", was born on January 18th in Japan, bred by Eiji Yokota. Sakura is a littermate sister to Kishu Ken dog import Katsusaburou go Tomoe. Sakura represents strong, competitive NIPPO type brought to the USA in a time when the Kishu Ken population is rapidly declining and quality bitch puppies are difficult to identify and import. To date, Sakura is the youngest Kishu Ken to be awarded with her CM title and has rapidly become one of the most titled Kishu Ken in the USA in the history of the breed. Sakura was imported by club member C.J. McCammon of Akiyama no Roushya and is co-owned by club member Brittany Wall of Ourou sou.
Other Imported Kishu Ken
Coming soon. These are Kishu Ken which have been imported to the USA but have either not been bred or their status was prior to the NAKC formation.