Shiba Inu, Akita … Why the French love Japanese dogs

Tokyo, Sushi, Mikado, Skimo… names that have become common in baptizing dogs from the land at sunrise. In recent years, Japanese dogs have clearly won the hearts of the French. It has even become a real fashion event, and if we are just happy to see these beautiful animals on the streets of Paris, be careful not to do anything to these very old breeds.

Of the dozen existing breeds in Japan, three are no longer completely confidential: the first is Shiba Inu, which means “little dog”, which rarely weighs more than ten kilograms, and is known for its vulpine appearance. , his coat wrapped animal and his tail curved. with a corkscrew in the lower back. Then we have the Akita Inu, clearly the size at the top, sharp ears, short hair, usually sesame coat, and finally the American Akita, which as its name does not reflect the fact that it is from Japan, before d imported into the United States after World War II. It comes from crosses between Akita Inu, German guards or molossoid to emphasize their power and their fighting spirit.

More than a year of waiting

Fleur-Marie Missant, deputy director of Centrale Canine, was formal about the current excitement: “Akita has steady growth; for Shiba, it’s exponential. In 2011, there were 360 ​​LOF registrations (book of French origins); by 2021, there will be 2,691, with an increase of +29% between 2020 and 2021 ”. Farms have increased to meet this demand (for better and worse). Despite this, the waiting time to get one Shiba remains high: more than a year and a half in total! So the unscrupulous import channels of Eastern European countries are running at full speed.We can never underestimate the importance of origin of his animal. Gone are the days of having Shiba, we go straight to find… in Japan! (Natsu, the dog of youtuber Squeezie, made this trip).

Why this trend? The search for exoticism and originality, but also the love for Japanese culture, manga or video games, explains the popularity of these varieties today, especially among young people. Akita Inu, for example, had a time of Hollywood glory in the film Hatchi which tells the true story of this dog who, in the 1930s in Tokyo, waited every night for many years for his master – who died in station where. he had met before. These Japanese dogs are legendary and kawaii (cute), hence their success.

Faced with this excitement for Shiba and Akita, sadly, we are also saddened by the increasing number of abandoners. Emmanuelle Demouliez has been president of the Akita Home association, based in the Loire Atlantique, for more than 10 years; it cares for more than 300 Japanese dogs each year: “96% of the abandonments or hardships encountered with Shiba and Akita would have been avoided. These are people who have not taken the measure of a life with a dog over 15 years, but also a lot of casting mistakes. These dogs are definitely not for everyone: they will never be sold in pet stores or puppet shows. Shiba and Akita are so -called “primitive” dogs: very instinctive, hypersensitive and reactive, they never follow the finger and eye. They act according to their interests and rarely please their master. So, if such a character than a 50 kilogram dog like an Akita, it is better to think twice.

Anything other than a stuffed animal

Laetitia Coral, 32, is the owner of two Akita, Yuki and Yume, male and female, and enthusiastically shares her experience on social networks or on her blog www.akitathereallife.com. “The Akita is not a family dog. He walks up the communication ladder very quickly, growls easily and bites faster than any other dog. A good dog’s communication skills are essential to anticipate and act wisely”. For Akita like Shiba, quality socialization is a real issue, as relationships with congener can be stormy, especially with animals of the same sex. So yes, these dogs need work, time, perseverance and perseverance. Shiba’s beautiful appearance should not obscure his character traits.

For Emmanuelle Demouliez, when you embark on an adventure with a Japanese dog, you have to think about a kind of bushido code, the moral rules of the samurai: “To be a good master, you have to respected and esteemed “.

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