Cyborg 009's dog
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The classic hero Cyborg had a dog named Kubikuro who would at night go around causing fires because he could manipulate fire. The dubbed episode of the 2001 version of this classic 60s series wasn't aired in the USA because our eponymous hero had to shoot his own dog (to me, it's an anime sequence of Old Yeller).

This IMDb link has the synopsis of the episode: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0881795/.


My question is, what does the dogs name mean in Japanese? http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=Ocj-A3Qf-IU has different comments for the Japanese meaning but I don't know who is correct.

From its WikiPedia article, "Spitz-type dogs (the correct German plural is Spitze, though Spitzen is commonly used in the United States) are a type of dog, characterized by long, thick, and often white fur, and pointed ears and muzzles. The tail is usually curled over the dog's back."

Malamutes, Pomeranians, and Huskies are some of the most famous), it's breed standard from From Nihonken.org (forum site for admirers of the native Japanese spitz-type dogs):

"The Shikoku Ken is one of the six, native, Japanese sptiz-type dogs. Native to the mountainous region of Kochi prefecture on the island of Shikoku, these athletic and agile dogs are accomplished big game hunters and are sometimes referred to as the Kochi Ken. The Shikoku Ken is prized for it's tenacity in face of large game and their relative calm around the family. Originally known as the Tosa Ken, they were renamed so as not to be confused with the Tosa fighting dog.

In post World War I Japan, the relative prosperity of the country succumbed to economic hardship as the Showa period began in 1926. Once relatively common, luxuries such as dog ownership became increasingly uncommon. In 1928, the Nihon Ken Hozonkai (NIPPO) was formed. NIPPO is an organization dedicated to the preservation of the six native Japanese spitz-type dogs. In 1937 NIPPO succeeded in having the Shikoku Ken declared a "Living Natural Monument" of Japan and a major reconstruction effort was undertaken.

Out of the reconstruction effort, three distinct lines of the Shikoku were developed: the Awa, the Hongawa and the Hata all named after the areas they originated from within Kochi prefecture. More recently the distinction between these lines has been blurred as remote areas where the dogs originated became easier to access and lines were cross bred. The modern Shikoku is thought to descend mainly from the Hongawa and Hata lines as the Awa line essentially disappeared as a result of the hardships caused by World War II and a lack of quality specimens due to cross breeding with outside dogs.

One of the foundation dogs of the Hata line was "Gomago," who was born in 1934. He obtained a Best in Show title in 1940. The principle elements of the Hata line included a generally heavier, stockier build and thicker, longer, and more profuse coats; skulls tended to be broader, ears tidier and smaller, and movement ponderous. Much of the Hongawa line is attributable to the foundation dog "Choushungo" who took Best in Show the following year and was also born in 1934. These dogs were characterized by light, flowing movement, long, strong limbs with excellent angulation, good ear set and correct eye colour. Their outer coats were harsh and weatherproof, but their protective undercoats did not match the quality of the Hata line's. Hongawa Shikoku also tended to be slender and have a more elegant build. Ultimately it was the Hongawa Shikoku that was to have the most influence on the direction of the breed as we know it today. (Excerpted from here.) Two other notable Shikoku from the same period are "Kusugo" who took Best in Show in 1939, and "Kumago". These four dogs formed much of the foundation for the modern day Shikoku.

The Shikoku standard, as written today, describes them as: "A medium-sized dog with well balanced and well developed clean cut muscles. It has pricked ears and a curled or sickle tail. Conformation: strong, well-boned and compact." Dogs are supposed to range from 19-21.5 inches at the withers and bitches from 17-19 inches. Dogs weigh an average of 45 pounds and bitches closer to 35. There are four accepted coat colors in the standard: goma (sesame), aka (red), kuro (black), and shiro (white/cream). White is not desirable in the Shikoku and is penalized heavily in the conformation ring. For many years black was not popular with many breeders leading to the misconception that it is not desirable, however this is false. Many experienced Shikoku breeders in Japan will breed black Shikoku (especially males) to maintain darker colors and thicker coats in their blood lines. The black coloration was especially prevalent in the original Hongawa dogs. There are three types of goma (sesame): kuro-goma (more black than light colored hairs), aka-goma (red base with black hairs mixed in), and shiro-goma (white base with black hairs mixed in). Like all Nihon Ken, the Shikoku has a double coat made up of coarse outer guard hairs, and a thick fine undercoat that it sheds seasonally. All Shikoku should have "urajiro" markings which are markings of a white or cream color presented on the ventral portions of the body and legs, as well as on the cheeks and brow of the head.

The Shikoku is more eager to please its owner than some of the other Nihon Ken, but is still an independent thinker and often will not listen or ignore commands. Shikoku can be territorial and make reasonable watch dogs, but are not by nature guard dogs or protection dogs. The Shikoku Ken is one of the rarest of the Nihon Ken. Only a small number are known to exist outside of Japan. Some estimates put this number around 100 (as of 2010). Even in Japan the breed is very rare with yearly registrations at around 300-400. The number of Shikoku in Japan is estimated to be between 5000-7000. The main breed registry is run by the Nihon Ken Hozonkai (Nippo)."

Credit goes to the author at http://www.nihonken.org/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/6203/the-shikoku.

The weird thing is that while the Shikoku is the least annually registered of the six breeds (Akitas are the biggest while the Shikoku, Kai, Kishu, and Hokkaido are medium-sized while the Shiba is the smallest) in its native country, there are more Shikoku in the USA (40ish) than Hokkaido dogs in the USA (only about a dozen. Nearest to me is some lucky guy in Colorado). Finally, while Akamaru in Naruto seems to be some sort of terrier when a puppy, the dog he physically most closes resembles as an adult would be dogs like the Great Pyrenees and Kuvasz.



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Please ask questions like these at the Anime Help Thread. It's stickied on the first page.
Also, that's a freaking lot of information for one minor question.
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You'll have to post that in the Anime Help sticky as FalseFallacy said.
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