The Ancestor of Shiba Inu



In the heart of Japan's history and its beloved Shiba Inu breed lies an untold story of lineage and legacy embodied by Ishi

Origins and Significance

Ishi, hailing from the Sekishuken line, represents the quintessence of Shiba Inu lineage, tracing back to the indigenous breeds of western Shimane Prefecture. Research conducted by the Japan Dog Preservation Society unveils Ishi's pivotal role as the progenitor of all modern Shiba Inu, numbering over 600,000 worldwide.

The Japan Dog Preservation Society, founded in 1928, diligently documented pedigrees of dogs nationwide since 1932, with Shiba Inu designated as a national monument in 1936. Despite not being the first of his kind to be registered, Ishi's bloodline guarantees the perpetuation of the breed, ensuring its endurance through time.
Ishi's descendants, including Aka and Naka, played instrumental roles in revitalizing the Shiba Inu breed post-World War II. Through meticulous breeding and dedication, these purebred dogs restored the essence of the Shiba Inu, solidifying its place as one of Japan's most cherished breeds.
Efforts led by the Sekishuken Laboratory and individuals like Mayumi Kawabe aim to shed light on Ishi's lineage and the cultural significance of Sekishuken dogs. By unraveling the history of Ishi and his descendants, they seek to promote local development and preserve Japan's rich canine heritage.
As we embark on this journey to uncover the captivating narrative of Ishi and his progeny, we endeavor to celebrate and honor their contribution to the cultural tapestry of Japan. Through research, education, and advocacy, we aspire to deepen the understanding and appreciation of Ishi's legacy, ensuring that the story of the Shiba Inu remains etched in the annals of history for generations to come.

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