About Kasatori Sou

Kasatori Sou is a Shikoku kennel in the Dutch village Udenhout, which arose out ofpassion for the Shikoku breed. Our goal is to breed healthy and beautiful Shikoku ken in a homeenvironment. Our kennel is a non-profit kennel, which means that we are investing in new imports, healthtesting, feeding good qualityfood and attending dog shows. Working together with other Shikoku Kennels isimportant to insure good health for the breed as a whole.

Our Shikokus are family members and are not kept in kennels. They live in our home and have plenty ofspace outdoors to run and play whenever they like. They are well socialized, curious, and love to meetpeople.

Health testing is very important for us to ensure that our breeding Shikokus are healthy and thereforesuitable for breeding.

About the kennel owner

Nico Reimerink
My love for the Shikoku breed began about 4 years ago (2009). We wanted to add a new dog to our pack of huskies, because they where getting old and we thought by bringing a new pup into our pack the huskies will probably live longer with us. Since our interest in Japanese culture was growing, learning about Japanese dog breeds came naturally. At first our thought was an Akita or Shiba, the two most familiar Japanese breeds. But they where either too large or too small for our wishes. So we looked further and came across the Shikoku Ken breed, and we fell in love right away. This breed was perfect for us, a good size, cerebral character, fast learners and extremely beautiful with a likeness to a small wolf.

We found that the majority of Shikokus in Europe were related and new blood was needed, so we decided to import our first Shikoku from a Japanese Shikoku breeder, Izumo Yanasou Kennel, after which Shousei Homare joined our pack.

Nico Reimerink and Sumi the Shikoku
Nico Reimerink and Sumi the Shikoku
After spending a few months with Shousei, we knew this breed was a perfect match for us. So we decided we wanted a female Shikoku, and a long journey started. We waited for a European kennel to sell us a female Shikoku, but it took to long. We tried to contact the kennel in Japan to ask for a female. After waiting two years, we finally went to Japan and got our female Sumi (in 2012) from the same Japanese kennel that Shousei came from.
My love for the breed didn’t stop there. I wanted to do more for the Shikoku breed, so I decided to start a kennel and become a Shikoku breeder. I created a Global Shikoku Database to let all breeders know more about their Shikokus’ ancestry and what dogs might be best for breeding. We registered our kennel name, “Go Kasatori Sou,” and after almost half a year’s wait, it was finally officially registered with the FCI and the Dutch kennel club. In 2013 we had our first litter with Sumi and Shousei; it was a big litter of 6 pups! Which is quite a lot for the breed.

What’s next?

Meanwhile, after some serious research, we have imported new Shikoku ken from Japan. In 2014, spring, we imported 4 Shikokus at once. Two females (Chiyo and Haru) and 2 males (Tetsu and Ryuu). We kept Chiyo, Haru and Tetsu at our home and placed Ryuu with a loving family in Limburg, the Netherlands. After going through the extended health and DNA tests we found out that the hips of Haru and Ryuu were not good enough for breeding healthy pups, so we had to exclude them from our breeding program.

Haru stayed with us, she is the perfect nanny for the litters we have and she loves it! Ryuu was neutered and continues to live with his family in Limburg. Both are in great shape and without any painful issues. Luckely Tetsu and Chiyo passed all their health tests with best possible notes so we decided to let them have a litter together.

In 2015, autumn, we imported Goji from Japan. Finally we added a nice, red female to our family, as we hoped for. She passed all the health tests too (with A hips, no patella luxatia and eyes clear of disorders, which was a huge relieve.

 

A-litter 2013 Sumi x Shousei 6 pups
B-litter 2015 Chiyo x Tetsu 3 pups
C-litter 2015 Sumi x Tetsu 3 pups
D-litter 2016 Goji x Shousei 5 pups
E-litter 2016 Sumi x Shousei 4 pups
F-litter 2016 Chiyo x Tetsu 4 pups
G-litter 2017 Suzu x Tetsu 3 pups
H-litter 2017 Goji x Shousei 6 pups
I-litter 2017 Zui x Tetsu 5 pups
J-litter 2017 Chiyo x Tetsu 6 pups
K-litter 2018 Suzu X Tetsu 2 pups
L-litter 2018 Goji x Tetsu 7 pups
M-litter 2018 Zui x Masa 4 pups

A-litter: Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Isle of Man (UK), New Zealand, USA

B-litter: Netherlands, Germany, Isle of Man (UK)

C-litter: Netherlands, Netherlands, Lithuania

D-litter: Netherlands, Belgium, Wales (UK)

E-litter: Netherlands, Hungary, Austria

F-litter: Netherlands, Italy, Luxembourg

G-litter: Netherlands, Germany, Israël

H-litter: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany

I-litter: Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France

J-litter: Netherlands (x2), Belgium, USA (x2), Canada

K-litter: Netherlands, USA

L-litter: Netherlands (x5), Belgium, Germany