JACA Breeder Directory

The Japanese Akitainu breeders listed in our directory are all members in good standing who adhere to JACA’s Code of Ethics; they perform required health tests on their breeding stock, offer health guarantees, are willing to support owners for the lifetime of the dogs purchased from them, and they are knowledgable about their pedigrees, the breed standard and health issues that the breed is facing. They do not overbreed to supply public demand, they show their dogs in the conformation ring, and some enter performance sport competitions. In effect, they are reputable and ethical preservation breeders. JACA breeders are not the typical backyard breeders or foreign puppy brokers one might find advertising on third-party websites designed specifically for the dog trade, or other sales websites. The typical JACA breeder does not view breeding as a business or even a supplemental source of income. We encourage you to do your due diligence and learn more about legitimate preservation breeders versus backyard breeders and puppy millers.

Our breeders require interested parties to submit an application to screen buyers since they only produce a few litters a year. Their goals in selecting the right homes are to ensure a good fit between buyer and breed and to find committed owners so that the puppy they bred will not someday end up being re-sold, re-homed, abandoned or surrendered to a shelter without their knowledge. Some of our breeders will even pay for a year of JACA membership where you will find newbies and veterans ready to share their experiences and knowledge and to welcome you to the joys of being a Japanese Akitainu owner!


Active Breeders

Daiji Sou Japanese Akitas

This is a young family in the OC who love Japanese Akitainu, especially the toras (brindles)! Although they have dabbled in western conformation rings and register their dogs with AKC and UKC, their heart and soul is with the country of origin’s Akitainu Hozonkai (AKIHO). They have had two AKIHO Tokuyuu females as their foundation stock, and their line continues to do well in AKIHO and AKC shows. But most importantly, they maintain excellent relationships with the extended Daiji Sou family of owners. In his spare time, Tae intensively studies Japanese Akitainu pedigrees so his input on imports and potential breeding pairs is highly valued among JACA and AKIHO North America members. In fact, his keen eye has earned him the nickname “Brindle Sensei.”

Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes)

Location: Southern California, USA

Email:  daijisou@gmail.com

Futago Kennels

Futago Kennels is a joint effort between two identical twin sisters who are passionate about the Japanese Akitainu. Our mission is to help preserve this beautiful breed, produce sound dogs, and respect the country of origin. All of our breeding dogs are OFA CHIC certified. So far, our dogs have earned Trick Dog and Fast CAT titles and have taken nose work, weightpull, dock diving, and disc dog classes. On the side, we even do bikejoring! We are thankful for our mentors who guide us during our journey. Please feel free to visit the Futago Kennels Facebook page or our Futago Kennels website for the most current information about our Akitainu and our breeding program. 

Health Tests: OFA (hips, patellas, elbows, eyes, thyroid), Amelogenesis Imperfecta

Location: Ohio

Email: futagokennels.info@gmail.com

Hokkyokusei Kennels Japanese Akitas

Hokkyokusei Kennels was founded in 2016 and is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our goal is to breed for the total dog. As such, our dogs are titled in conformation, agility, rally, obedience, trick dog, precision coursing, and nose work, and registered with AKIHO and UKC, and recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Services. Health, structure, temperament, and overall versatility are paramount for our breeding program. We invite you to check out this versatile breed. If you are looking for a puppy or have questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Visit our website or like us on our Facebook page.

Health Tests:  OFA (hips, patellas, elbows, eyes, thyroid), Amelogenesis Imperfecta

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

Email: hokkyokuseikennels@gmail.com

Ichigo Japanese Akita Inu Kennels

Ichigo Japanese Akitainu Kennels is devoted to the preservation of the historic breed, the Japanese Akitainu. Our kennel is committed to health testing and preserving the breed through responsible breeding, education and showing our dogs in AKC, UKC, IABCA and AKIHO shows across the United States. Several of our dogs are conformation titled in AKC, AKIHO, UKC, IABCA and FCI. Our JAs used for breeding are OFA health tested and certified and DNA tested. We have red, white and brindles in our kennels and specialize in the beautiful and majestic white Japanese Akitainu. Please visit our website and Facebook page.

Health Tests:  OFA (hips, patella, elbows, eyes, thyroid), Amelogenesis Imperfecta

Location:  Buffalo, NY & Tampa, FL

Phone: (813) 352-4841

Email:  mschristinewomack@aol.com

Junketsu Japanese Akitainu

We are two people who are crazy about the Akitainu breed. Steven is the President of Akitainu Hozonkai (AKIHO) North American Branch. Judy is President of the Japanese Akitainu Club of America (JACA). All our dogs, champions and pets, young and old, are loved and spoiled equally. We maintain excellent relationships with all of our puppy buyers, and support our litters for life. As their human grandparents, we have even been known to host dogs we bred at our “Junketsu Spa” when their families go out of town. We do health certs before breeding our Tokuyuu-winning and conformation titled dogs that are registered with AKIHO, AKC FSS and UKC. Several of our Akitainu are also titled in NACSW and AKC nose work as well as AKC FastCAT. Follow us on our Facebook page or check out our website www.junketsukennels.com.

Health Tests:  OFA (hips, patella, elbows, eyes, thyroid), Amelogenesis Imperfecta

Location:  Southern California,  USA

Email:  junketsu.akitashiba@gmail.com

Kaiju Kennels Japanese Akitas

Kaiju Kennels is a family-owned Japanese Akitainu kennel in Southern California. Our dogs are imported from champion Japanese lines with AKIHO and JKC pedigrees. All of our adults are health certified, well socialized, and beloved members of our family.

Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes, thyroid, cardiac, dentition), Amelogenesis Imperfecta

Location:  Buena Park, CA

Phone:  661-KAIJUSO (661-524-5876)

Email:  info@kaijukennels.com

QueSera Japanese Akitas

Producing AKIHO-registered litters just outside of Dallas, John and Carol have been longtime and active members of AKIHO North America, JACA and the Heart of Texas (HOT) Akita clubs. Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes) Contact:  John & Carol Speier Location:  Waxahachie, TX Phone:  (214) 208-3038 Email:  queseraja@hotmail.com

Sakura Akitas

Sakura Akitas is a responsible breeder of Japanese Akitas (Akita Inu), based in Sainte-Martine, just 30 minutes from Montreal. Our kennel and our breeding stock are registered with the Akitainu Hozonkai (AKIHO) whose headquarters are located in Odate, Japan, in the Akita Prefecture. We are members of AKIHO North America and JACA, the Japanese Akitainu Club of America. We follow a set code of ethics to breed quality Akitas of sound body, temperament and health. Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes) Location: Sainte-Martine, Quebec, Canada Phone: (514) 659-8020 Email: sakuraakitas@gmail.com

Shiranui Kennels

We are a small, Virginia-based kennel in love with brindle Japanese Akitainu. Our breeding dogs are titled or pointed in AKIHO (Tokuyuu), AKC FSS (Certificate of Merit) and UKC (Champion) conformation, as well as nose work, trick dog, precision coursing and Happy Ratters. They are hip, eye, and thyroid certified before breeding. Our first priority for any breeding is producing healthy dogs with good temperament. We are members in good standing with both the Japanese Akitainu Club of America and AKIHO North America. Above all, our dogs are spoiled pets who rule the household and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Feel free to like our Facebook page or check out our website!

Health Tests:  OFA (hips, patella, elbows, eyes, thyroid), Amelogenesis Imperfecta

Location:  Suffolk, Virginia

Email:  info@shiranuikennels.com

Yakumo Sou

Owned by Kevin Carroll and based in Western New York, Yakumo Sou is a kennel devoted to the development and preservation of Japan’s Akitainu breed in North America. I am a breeder, owner, handler and all-breed judge with the UKC actively involved in the breed worldwide. We believe in sustainable development of the breed while prioritizing health. Our primary focus is on safeguarding this breed while encouraging open forum style education for fanciers.

Health Tests:  OFA (hips, patella, elbows, eyes, thyroid), Amelogenesis Imperfecta

Contact: Kevin Carroll

Phone: (716) 364-7053

Location: Buffalo, NY

Email:  Japaneseakitausa@outlook.com

On Hiatus

Inactive breeders of JACA may be retired, taking a break or current mentorees awaiting to start their journey as breeders but we list them as a courtesy since they are still available to answer questions about the breed or their breeding program.

Kita Kaigansoh Japanese Akitainu

Update: As we are waiting for our keeper puppy (next generation of our line) to mature and pending health testing results, we will hopefully have breeding plans for 2024-2025. We are a small AKIHO-registered kennel located in Northern California. Our titled-breeding female is registered with AKIHO, UKC & AKC (Foundation Stock Service). Our goals are: to breed healthy pups that conform to the AKIHO and AKC standards and to place them in homes that are excited to join our AKIHO & JACA communities, to remain respectful of our breed community’s culture as well as the country of origin; to maintain our commitment to following our clubs’ code of ethics and recommended guidelines; to promote this wonderful breed in North America.

Health Tests: OFA (hips, patella, elbows, eyes, thyroid)

Location: Northern California, USA

Email: kitakaigansoh@gmail.com

Facebook page: Kita Kaigansoh Japanese Akitainu

Kitsunebi Kensha

We are a kennel in South Carolina that is dedicated to preserving the Japanese Akitainu. All of our breeding stock is health tested, well taken care of and loved. We have been showing and titling our dogs in the UKC and IABCA conformation rings. We have had dogs that we either own or have bred in the UKC top ten in 2019 and 2020 and the #1 ranked UKC Japanese Akitainu in 2019. We screen our owners carefully and keep in touch with all of our puppy buyers to make sure they have the support needed. Our goal is to continue to improve as we go, work with other members of JACA and to promote our beautiful breed. Our website isn’t up and running yet so for now please feel free to visit the Kitsunebi Kensha on Facebook. Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes, thyroid) Location: Orangeburg, South Carolina Phone: (803) 534-0504 Email: kitsunebikensha@gmail.com  

Hyozan Japanese Akitas

As founding members of JACA, we have decades of experience breeding, raising, loving and showing champion Japanese Akitainu. All our breeding stock come from imported AKIHO lines and we are an AKIHO-registered kennel. We are also members of the Heart of Texas Akita Club. Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes) Location: Texas, USA Phone:  (214) 354-5097 Email:  hyozan58@hotmail.com

Minami Kennels

(Update: We are currently on hiatus from breeding but always willing to talk about the breed). We are a family-run Akita Inu kennel based in Richmond, Texas, which is located in the Greater Houston Area. We currently have Hana and Sakura, red Japanese Akitas who are AKIHO and UKC-registered. Our little family consists of Mamma, Pappa, two kids and two dogs. We are passionate about both our kids and our dogs. Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes) Location:  Houston, TX Phone:  (713) 518-2660 Email: minamikennels@gmail.com

Taiheiyo-Kensha Japanese Akitas

(Update: Please note we are taking a break from our breeding program but we are happy to answer questions regarding the breed or breeding.) Our purebred Japanese Akitainu litters all come from AKIHO-registered stock and conform to AKIHO, JKC/FCI, UKC and AKC standards. Although we view conformation and temperament as important, we first and foremost want all of our puppies to go to loving homes with a safe and healthy environment to live out their lives, regardless of whether a pup is show or pet quality. To that end, we stand by our litters and only breed adult dogs who have been health tested. We are also happy to offer guidance to our buyers to give their new family members the best start possible. Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes) Location:  Southern California, USA Email:  taiheiyo@verizon.net