Japanese Dog Specialty 2023

The Norwegian Nihon Ken Club, The Norwegian Akita Club, and the Norwegian American Akita Club welcomes you to the Japanese Dog Specialty May 27-29th of 2023. The weekend consists of three individual shows.

Note! Due to high entry numbers, there has been a change of judge for shiba puppies all three days. Shiba puppies will be judged by the same judge as American Akita, Japanese Spitz, Kai, Shikoku, Kishu and Hokkaido. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes. Shiba puppy will be the last breed out in the ring, and we will be flexible with owners/handlers where time overlaps with adult shiba or other breeds.

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Judge Statistics Saturday (Norsk American Akita Klubb)
Judge Statistics Sunday (Japansk Urhundklubb i Norge)
Judge statistics Monday (Norsk Akita Klubb)

Dates: May 27–29th

Place: Hunderfossen Camping, Fåberg, Norway

Judges: Satoshi Bessho (Japan), Yuichi Tomimoto (Japan), John Aareskjold Tjøtta (Norway)

Breeds: Shiba, Akita, American Akita, Kai, Shikoku, Kishu, Hokkaido (registration will open later for Japanese Spitz)

BIS finales: BIS puppy, BIS junior, BIS veteran, BIS, BIS couple, BIS breeder, BIS progeny + an unofficial BIS Supreme

Please make sure you have all vaccines and dewormer in place before entering Norway. More information about the rules for bringing your dogs into the country here and here.

There will be a veterinary available at the show site all weekend.

We recommend you read The Norwegian Kennel Club’s Show Regulations before showing your dog.


Friday 26th
18-20: Seminar with Satoshi Bessho, Yuichi Tomimoto, and Shigeru Kato
More information and registration here.

20.30: Free show/ring training at the exhibition area with Svein-Thore Ulleberg-Bøhmer

Saturday 27th
09.00: The Norwegian American Akita Club (Norsk American Akita Klubb)
Mr. Bessho: Shiba
Mr. Tomimoto: Akita
Mr. Tjøtta: American Akita*, Kai, Kishu, Shikoku, Hokkaido, Japanese Spitz

BIS Judge: John Aareskjold Tjøtta
14.00: Finales (provided all rings are finished)

There will be an open BBQ and lottery sale in the late afternoon/early evening.

Sunday 28th
10.00: The Norwegian Nihon Ken Club (Japansk Urhundklubb i Norge)
Mr. Bessho: American Akita, Kai*, Kishu*, Shikoku*, Hokkaido*, Japanese Spitz
Mr. Tomimoto: Shiba*
Mr. Tjøtta: Akita

BIS Judge: Yuichi Tomimoto
15.00: Finales (provided all rings are finished)

Monday 29th
09.00: The Norwegian Akita Club (Norsk Akita Klubb)
Mr. Bessho: Akita*
Mr. Tomimoto: American Akita, Kai, Kishu, Shikoku, Hokkaido, Japanese Spitz
Mr. Tjøtta: Shiba

BIS Judge: Satoshi Bessho
13.00: Finales (provided all rings are finished)

Unofficial BIS Supreme: Satoshi Bessho, Yuichi Tomimoto, John Aareskjold Tjøtta
In this finale, all BIS winners from all shows and classes are competing to win BIS Supreme. Only includes American Akita, Akita, Shiba, Kai, Shikoku, Kishu, Hokkaido.

* means that your breed needs to get a certificate from this judge/show to become a Norwegian Show Champion (if eligible). For Norwegian dogs, this counts as a big certificate. Only the breed belonging to the arranging club can get this. The Norwegian American Akita Club: American Akita, The Norwegian Akita Club: Akita, The Norwegian Nihon Ken Club: Shiba, Kai, Kishu, Shikoku, Hokkaido.


Do you want more information about where to stay during the long weekend? The show is held at Hunderfossen Camping in Fåberg, a village close to Lillehammer (about a 20 minute drive) and Hafjell (about 10-20 minute drive). Right next to the show area is Hunderfossen Amusement Park, which can be a lovely addition to your trip if you want to make it into a holiday.

Here are some tips to where you can find accommodation during your stay. If you are bringing dogs, please make sure to clarify it with the accommodation before booking.

Hunderfossen Hotell
Hunderfossen Hotel have hotel rooms, apartments, and cabins only a short walk from the show area. Unfortunately, the number of rooms are limited and it can be hard to find available rooms.

Hunderfossen Camping
Hunderfossen Camping is right by the show area, and is open for vans, campers and tents. They do not accept bookings online, so please contact them on camping@hunderfossen.no for all questions.

Scandic Hafjell
This hotel is about a 7 minute drive from the show area.

Hafjell Hotell
Hafjell Hotell is another hotel about 7 minutes of driving from the show area. They have hotel rooms, apartments and cabins.

Topcamp Rustberg
This campsite is a 14 minute drive from the show area. You can book a cabin, or bring your own caravan, motorhome or tent.

There are a lot of private cabins and apartments available in Fåberg and Hafjell, as well as surrounding areas. This is a great option if you want something more private or are traveling as a big group of people.

There are more hotels, cabins and campsites available in the nearby area. Please use Fåberg and Hafjell as your search. If you are willing to drive longer, Lillehammer might be a great option with a lot of available accommodation.

We look forward to seeing you in May!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mika Hætta at mikahaetta@gmail.com.