Celebrate the Year of the Dog with JACA and AKIHO

Judging at the 2017 Nihonken Invitational.

GARDENA — Two of North America’s biggest Japanese Akita breed clubs will hold their annual conformation shows at Arthur Lee Johnson Memorial Park, 1200 W. 170th St. (between Normandie and Vermont) in Gardena.

The fourth annual UKC Japanese Akita Club of America’s Nihonken Invitational will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The 45th annual Akita Inu Hozonkai North American Branch Show will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Judging for both shows is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and may last until 2 or 3 p.m. depending on the number of dogs entered.

The Japanese Akita Club of America was founded in 1997 by breeders and owners who shared a great affection for the breed and a respect for the wishes of Japan as the country of origin to split the breed from the American Akita. JACA is the only Akita organization from the U.S. that is recognized by the World Union of Akita Clubs.