Yuki attended an AKC Meet the Breeds event and FSS Open Show in Salem, Virginia. There, she was able to help introduce and educate the public about Hokkaido. She also took best of breed in the show! (Against herself haha.) She is quite the social little girl, and she loved all of the attention.
Minira (owned/handled by Claire Matthews) and Yuki (owned/handled by Lex Blanton) represented the Hokkaido breed at the 2017 Nippo Classic. Minira took first in the Waka Inu II (14-22 months) class, and Yuki took first in the Waka Inu I (8-14 months) class. Both dogs showed beautifully and received wonderful remarks from the judge.
To celebrate the arrival of 3 new Hokkaido into the USA, Hokkaido owners from the west coast got together for a giant Hokka play-date! Participating dogs & owners were Meitou (owned by Karilyn Turner), Umma (owned by Jason Fleming), Minira (owned by Claire Matthews), Genji (owned by Val Toku), and Emiko (co-owned by Lindsay Tompkins and Brent & Angela Snyder).
Genko and her daughter Umma attended the Rose City Classic to participate in an AKC Meet the Breeds event! Both dogs loved the attention, and it was a great way to expose new people to this growing breed in North America.