Welcome to the Hokkaido Association of North America webpage (also known as HANA, or The HANA Project).
We are a very small group of fanciers and owners in North America who are dedicated to the preservation of the Hokkaido Ken, also known as the Ainu dog. The Hokkaido is one of the 6 national treasure breeds of Japan, and is a very ancient breed of primitive hunting dog, developed by the Ainu people of Japan. The Hokkaido was historically used for hunting bear, boar and other game. The breed is severely threatened in North America with very small numbers.
HANA exists firstly to preserve the Hokkaido breed. To achieve this, we must establish a healthy breeding pool of Hokkaido Ken in the United States from hunting and from show lines. We hope to form cooperative homes with friends near and far, collaborate as a group for the importing of new blood, and coordinate planned breedings each year of specific pairings of dogs to produce as many viable offspring as we can. This preservation effort falls under it's own umbrella, known by members as The HANA Project.
We believe cooperative breedings will best promote the project goals of increasing numbers, while supplying the 1st generation of US born Hokkaido, without financially taxing one person or kennel. HANA Project Dogs will remain intact for breed preservation with HANA members, and will have been purchased or produced with Project funds. Therefore, our emphasis as a group will be increasing the number of dogs for the group for preservation under specific terms, and not on selling pet puppies.
HANA plans to periodically import males and females using funds collected by donations and hosted events. These will be our founding Hana Project dogs, and "owned" by the group, later to be made available down the road for breeding. All breedings will thus be mutually agreed upon and decided upon by HANA Project members. Profits will be divided among members directly involved and will be used to fund health testing, future importing, and fundraisers.
We hope to offer annual and bi-annual events in the Pacific Northwest for owners and fanciers focusing on breed education, in addition to fun matches, lure coursing, scent work, blood tracking, Barn Hunt, puppy show matches, Specialties, and hunting instinct tests. The group is also in the process of researching and applying for non-profit status.
Brindle Hokkaido, unknown photographer
Black and Tan Hokkaido puppies
Photos courtesy of Shigeru Kato
More information on the import/export process for this breed can be located at Japan Dog Export via Shigeru Kato.
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