Popular Mother and Daughter, Kira and Yura, Have Retired Due to Aging

Kira (11-year-old female) and her daughter Yura (eight-year-old female), who were popular at Akita dog-related events and were exhibit members of the Akita Inu no Sato of the Odate City Visitor Center, have “retired” from their work. The reasons were illness and aging, and they will not appear at events from now on but enjoy their comfortable senior life.

Kira (right) and Yura spending time at Ms. Hazawa’s home after retirement.

Both Kira and Yura were blessed with many puppies, and the family is also known as the “Kira-chan Family.” They have many fans all over Japan who admire their adorable behavior and their happy-go-lucky daily lives, which shares on social media by their owner and breeder, Asami Hazawa living in Odate City, Akita.

Ms. Hazawa announced Kira and Yura’s retirement last November. Yura had epilepsy and thyroid problems, and a tumor was found on her right elbow last October, which was later removed. Kira was also hospitalized in an emergency for ovarian disease and other problems, then survived a serious surgery. Although they love to go outside, Ms. Hazawa decided their retirement, considering their health and age, as “This is the right time for them.” Fans expressed appreciation for the many years of enjoyment Kira and Yura provided.

Kira and Yura now spend most of the day at home sleeping. They have a good appetite, go for walks, and their postoperative progress is going well.

Ms. Hazawa said, “They worked very hard for Odate City and for the reputation of Akita dogs. They met many people in many places. It was a fulfilling time for them, and I also enjoyed the time together. I hope they have a nice and comfortable life after retirement.”

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Akita Inu (dogs), with their fluffy coat, round eyes, and an adorable tail that curls up, are now famous worldwide. Akita dogs have a strong body and are best known for their loyal personality. The number of Akita dogs raised overseas continues to increase. In Akita Prefecture, the Akita dog's birthplace, there is an active movement to utilize them for tourism promotion. Akita Sakigake Shimpo, entitled "Akitainu News," will circulate various domestic and international information about Akita dogs. The goal is to connect the world and Akita through Akita dogs.