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  • By Peter van der Lugt
    Mar 22, 2017
    Recently, I received a copy of JACA's Official Guide to Judging the Japanese Akita in my mailbox. Upon opening the package, the first impression was already good, as its creators clearly didn't cut corners on making a book that isn't only worth reading, but just as much is a pleasure to the eye. Also, in terms of size, it's not too big, nor not too small, making it the ideal size for a judge to take with him/her while judging. Looking at its contents, the 80-page book consists out of nine chapters, with five of those being the main: breed history, considerations, the standard, photo gallery and a Japanese glossary. During those chapters, I especially enjoyed the mixed use of illustrations and photography—of Akita Inu from the USA & Japan—added with commentary that properly explains what a judge should look for. Does that make the book something only judges should get? Not at all. Instead, I think it is just as much worth purchasing for owners and breeders. Is the book perfect?... More > Hmmm... maybe not. But that's just because I am somebody who has an almost nerdish appreciation for the Akita Inu and therefore would not have mind if the book had twice the number of pages. That's all. The content it does have is certainly much worth reading and, at this affordable price, it'd be silly not to purchase a copy. End verdict: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED< Less
  • By Bekki Leu
    Dec 27, 2016
    While the book is titled Japanese Akita Judge’s Education Guide (JEG), the content is written for both conformation judges and Akita fanciers’ alike. By referencing this JEG, it should be made clear that from a conformation perspective, Japanese Akitas and American Akitas are not two varieties of the same breed. A novice fancier can gain an appreciation that certain traits common among American Akitas are not preferred with Japanese Akitas. These traits include black mask, fawn coloring, saddle/sesame coat, full collar/pinto and uncurled tails. The JEG authors did a great job including both illustrations and text to describe the range of desirable/acceptable characteristics, and also explain when a trait should prevent placement in conformation ring. IMHO, I see this guide as an updated supplement to "Akita" published by the Japan Kennel Club in October, 1998, commonly referred to as the pink book. The best part of this JEG is that the Japanese Akita Club of America (JACA)... More > authors interviewed and corresponded with current AKIHO judges to make sure JACA was following AKIHO lead. JACA sought out their expertise as to how they are interpreting the AKIHO standard to ensure consistency with the home country’s preservation efforts. ps, I received my copy of JEG earlier this week and likely will be appending this review as I re-read and study it< Less
  • By Katherine Kurylo
    Dec 8, 2016
    This book is not only pretty to look at but is filled with extensive knowledge of how to view a Japanese Akita from a judge's perspective. All of the information has been put together by actual Japanese Akita owners who have years of experience in the show ring. The descriptions include real life pictures instead of sketches to better capture all of the technical terms. Highly recommended for those who seek clarity or an introduction to the show ring and for all Japanese Akita enthusiasts/admirers.
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Japanese Akita Club Of America
October 13, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.21 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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