My Breeding philosophy is quite a simple one. I adhere to basic Mendelian principles of genetics regarding phenotype and genotype. Also I have studied Luther Burbank extensively and adhere to his principles of hybrid genetics and breeding. Ethically, I believe that the more complex the organism, the more responsibility the breeder has towards his subjects, hence a dog, being more complex than any plant, is of course a much greater responsibility. As far as I am concerned dogs are basically human for the most part and as such they must be treated with the utmost care and respect.
I believe that when an individual chooses to breed, he should have a specific goal in mind. That goal should be simple and concise. My goal specifically is to continue the work that Merla Eide started by continuing and improving the line of Onyx, who is a Meides Dog.
When breeding I believe an individual should have a simple yet specific Heirarchical set of criteria to which he stringently adheres. I breed my dogs according to 4 simple criteria listed below by order of importance.
Gregor Mendel (1822-1844)
Luther Burbank (1849-1926)
Temperament is the most important trait, the dog must act like the Akitas that I know, Which is to say that the dogs must be extremely loyal and affectionate to their owner and family, polite with strangers when introduced properly, and they must be very protective, and natural guardians without any need of training. They must exhibit a natural protective instinct towards children and puppies. They should also be quiet unless alerting. If an Emperor’s Akita barks, then something is amiss.
Form is the next most important trait, the dogs most importantly must conform to the American Akita Standard, because they are American Akitas, But above and beyond this standard I have my own standards which are all in conformation with the AKC standard. Some of my pet concerns are, tail, I prefer a double curl as is typical of the Japaneses Spitz, I prefer a shorter double coat, and tight catlike paws, as well as tighter skin and dewlap. Their gate is very important as is their hindquarters, their hips must be very tight. None of my dogs have ever had hip dysplasia and all my puppies are guaranteed not to have this or any other hereditary disease.
Owner Breeder pictured with Sharky and Onyx
Size is a lesser criteria, I would take a smaller dog with excellent form over a larger dog with good form, however Temperament remains the most important of all criteria. With that said, I prefer larger dogs over smaller dogs assuming they both have excellent temperament and form.
Color is the least criteria, my favorite being the black masked pinto with silver highlights. I also have an affinity for red coat pintos. I like any clear, beautiful colors that are in conformation with the AKC standard for the Akita .
Foundational Dam, Chelsea, Nursing(2008).
It is my goal to create several lines of Akita through my Foundational Sire and Dam. When I chose my Dam, I specifically chose a dog that was, according to phenotype, very different but equally important, in order to insure genetic diversity.
My foundational sire Onyx represents to me the pinnacle evolution of the Emperor’s Akita , a type phenotypically represented by the 2 photographs depicting 3 dogs of Emperor Taisho presented on this website. I believe that these pictures represent a type of dog that has been in the Imperial Family of Japan for many generations, a dog specifically that exhibits the archetypical Japanese Imperial traits of honor, loyalty, devotion and respect. It is my goal to create several lines representing this phenotype.
(Photo 1) Emperor Taisho pictured with 2 of his dogs in 1899.
Foundational Sire, Meides' Onyx(2007)
(photo2)One of Emperor Taisho's Dogs, 1919.
My Foundational Dam Chelsea represents to me the Archetypical type of Japanese dog famously culminated as the most influential dog in the Ichinoseki line, a dog named Goromaru-Go. Goromaru represents to me a type of ancient Japanese dog as evidenced by the paintings of Maruyamu Okya painted in the 1700s. I intend to create at least one line representing this type of Akita .
Also In the course of my breeding program, most likely my Dams will whelp superior dogs that do not necessarily fall into either category, in the event that this happens I will create lines to represent these types of Akitas.
Female akitas pictured at age 8 months. (Next Page)