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 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!


Daiji Sou Japanese Akitas

This is a young family who love Japanese Akitainu, especially the toras (brindles)! Their brindle bitch Karin has done some winning in both the AKIHO (Tokuyuu prize) and UKC rings and her daughter Pinko is following in her footsteps. The family’s latest addition is a male brindle import from Japan called Atto. In his spare time, Tim intensively studies Japanese Akitainu pedigrees so his input on potential breeding pairs is highly valued among JACA and AKIHO North America members.

Health Tests:  OFA (hips, eyes)

Location: Southern California, USA

Email:  daijisou@gmail.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

Shiranui Kennels

We are a small, Virginia-based kennel in love with brindle Japanese Akitainu. Our breeding dogs are titled in AKIHO (Tokuyuu) and UKC (Champion) conformation, as well as nose work, trick dog, precision coursing and Barn Hunt. 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

Futago Kennels Japanese Akita

We are identical twins with a passion for art and the Japanese Akitainu! We established our Ohio-based kennel in 2020 and are an up and coming AKIHO-registered North American kennel. Our aim is to breed dogs that do well in the show ring as well as having the stability and drive to participate in a number of dog sports, and to help our fellow enthusiasts and clubs promote, propagate and preserve this beautiful breed. We feel lucky to have experienced breeders and members of JACA and AKIHO as our mentors and friends. Our dogs are our beloved pets who enjoy kisses, cuddles, and working with us as we stay active together. Until we get our website up and running, check us out on our Futago Kennels Japanese Akita Facebook page!

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

Location: Central Ohio

Email: contact@futagokennels.com

Kita Kaigansoh Japanese Akitainu

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 standard, and to place them in homes that are excited to join our AKIHO & JACA communities; 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

Junketsu Japanese Akitas

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 champion-titled dogs with both AKIHO and UKC registration and pedigrees (and now AKC FSS recorded dogs too). Follow us on our Facebook page or check out our website www.junketsukennels.com.

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

Contact:  Steven & Judy Takamatsu

Location:  Southern California,  USA

Email:  junketsu.akitashiba@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 foundation bitch is titled in conformation, agility, rally, obedience, trick dog, precision coursing, and nose work, and is 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

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

Ichigo Japanese Akita Inu Kennels

Ichigo Japanese Akita Inu Kennels is devoted to the preservation of the historic breed, the Japanese Akita Inu. 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. Our dogs are Champion titled in UKC, IABCA and FCI. They are AKC, UKC, FCI and AKIHO registered, OFA health tested and certified and DNA tested. We do have red, white and brindles in our kennels and specialize in the beautiful and majestic white Japanese Akita Inu. Please visit our website and Facebook page.

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

Location:  Tampa, Florida

Phone: (813) 352-4841

Email:  mschristinewomack@aol.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

Kaiju Kennels Japanese Akitas

Kaiju Kennels is a family-owned Japanese Akita Inu 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

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

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

Yakumo Sou

Owned by Kevin Izard-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 Izard-Carroll

Phone: (716) 364-7053

Location: Buffalo, NY

Email:  Japaneseakitausa@outlook.com

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