Nihon Ken Yearly Registration Graph For the Medium Size Breeds

So I've put together a graph (rather quickly so some of the numbers might be slightly off) tracking the yearly registrations of the medium size Japanese breeds. These four breeds are the Kishu, Shikoku, Kai, and Hokkaido.

I don't have numbers for all breeds from last year, but I do know there were only 252 Kishu pups and 306 Shikoku pups registered in Japan.

For some clarity on just how bad the decline in numbers is, in 1971 there were 7061 Hokkaido puppies registered with the HKH. In 2018 there were 242.
The early 70's were the heyday of the medium size Japanese breeds with 90074 new dogs registered over the 4 breeds in 1973. In 2018 there were 1661.


  1. Oh wow the visual graph really puts it into perspective. the Hokkaido numbers seemed to have dropped most significantly.
    Are declining numbers due to less breeding, but also an increase in more common (non-NK) dog breeds?

    1. I've received a lot of messages asking for my opinion as to why the numbers are dropping. I think I'll have to write a blog post to cover the reasons.


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