Ryukyu-ken is scarce breed of dog found on the Island of Okinawa. In the past, these dogs were used to hunt down wild boars in the Yanbaru forest. They are currently designated as an Okinawan national treasure. I have personally seen these dogs hunt wild birds and they have no problems catching them. The Ryukyu ken has a great sense of smell. They can smell their pray from far away. These smart dogs are outstanding hunters.
Its impressive that these dogs hunt such a large powerful animal. Ryukyu wild boar (Sus scrofa).
I was out searching for birds and saw this beautiful male Ryukyu Inu. I knew he was out on a hunting mission. It was just a matter of being at the right place at the right time.
I often would see the Master walking his dogs on the beach and one day I finally asked him if I could photograph him and his dogs.
I often find some of the most interesting dogs on my photographic adventures exploring the Island. I try to capture their unique personality. Below are some of my favorite dogs.
Sometimes on my adventures I run into aggressive dogs. They are just protecting their territory. I respect their space and leave the scene.
Sometimes I run into kind photogenic dogs that love their photograph taken.
Have a great day!