Our kennel

Kasatori Sou is a small Shikoku Ken kennel in the Dutch village Udenhout, which arose out of passion for the Shikoku breed. Our goal is to breed healthy and beautiful Shikoku ken in a home environment. Our kennel is a non-profit kennel, which means that we are investing in new imports, health testing, feeding good quality food and attending dog shows. Working together with other Shikoku Kennels is important 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 of space outdoors to run and play whenever they like. They are well socialized, curious, and love to meet people.

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

About the kennel owner

(Nico Reimerink)

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.

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.

Nico Reimerink