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Japanese Dogs: Akita, Shiba, and Other Breeds Hardcover – August 15, 2003


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"unique, informative, and beautifully illustrated book." -- Library Journal, October 1, 2003

Part coffee-table book and part reference book, [this book is] informative and helpful when choosing a particular breed. -- Star Newspapers, October 9, 2003
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA (August 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 477002875X
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770028754
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very informative about all the Japanese dog breeds (Akita, Shiba Inus, et al).
S. Gann
I would highly recommend this book to anyone collecting books about any of the Japanese breeds.
TC Brown
This book does what the title says - describe Japanese dogs in good pictures and summaries.
fastfire

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By fastfire on September 8, 2003
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This book does what the title says - describe Japanese dogs in good pictures and summaries. I've only owned a Shiba but I agree with EVERYTHING the author wrote about them. I also liked the tid-bits on dogs in the Asian region because I've run into a few Korean Jindo dogs. Her stories at the end were great to emphasize the 'personalities' of each breed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Cosenzo on October 7, 2008
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This is the best and most comprehensive book on all Japanese dog breeds that I've found.

This book covers all Japanese breeds - the Akita and Shiba of course, but also the Kishu, Shikoku, Kai, Hokkaido, Japanese Spitz, Chin, Terrier, and the Tosa fighting dog. It's easy to find information about the first two, but extremely difficult to find information about many of the other Japanese breeds.

This book has some great photos of all the breeds, including the hard to find Japanese Kai. I just wish there were more photos, or that the photos were printed larger, because they're all excellent!

It also has a lot of information about all the breeds listed, including the rare ones. It contains Japanese breed standard information, breed history, temperament and show information for all the breeds. It also contains prehistoric and genetic information about many of them, and a lot of trivia and stories about the breeds.

There is also a section with photos about the Japanese Ryukyu of Okinawa, another rare breed that's rarely written about in English.

A lot of the information in this book is available nowhere else in the English language, so if you're interested in Japanese breeds you probably want to pick this book up. I wish it had more pages for the cover price of $29.95, but I'm glad I purchased this book.

As a side note, it's important to note that the Akitas in this book are not the American Akitas or "Great Japanese Dog" as they're called in the UK. They're the traditional Japanese Akita which is a very different dog, so don't buy this book if you're looking for information or photos of the American Akita.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fantastic on January 31, 2004
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A good, well written, well translated overview of the various Japanese breeds, including the popular Shiba and Akita. The photos are gorgeous and I wish there were more. If I had one complaint about this book, it's that it left me wanting to read, and look at, more, so hence the not-quite-top rating. Also, this book presents the profoundly moving story of the legendary Hachiko and a few other tales of amazing dogs.
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Great information on all of the Nihon Ken or Japanese dog breeds! I have a Hokkaido and a Kishu, it was amazing to find a dog breed book with them in it! While finding information on Shibas and Japanese Akitas is not relatively difficult and easily available it is hard to find good information on the other Japanese breeds (Hokkaido, Kishu, Kai, Shikoku). The personality descriptions are great and very accurate!
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By impala3400 on November 26, 2013
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Love this because not only does it cover Akitas, but shiba inu, hokkaido, kishu etc. I have a dog we adopted that was abandoned and we were told he was husky. But with the orange ears, nose, forehead. and eyes. He looks like an akita inu, kishu, or hokkaido. Hes white but has orange ears and some orange showing though his white fur.
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