BRAD ANDERSON: THE WORLD’S MOST ECLECTIC DOG MAN


(intense music) – [Narrator] Dogumentary
TV, producing the best breed documentaries on YouTube. (dog barks) (upbeat music) – [Brad] My name’s Brand
Anderson of bradanderson.org. I’m a big dog lover,
especially like rare breeds. I’m a published member of Pads, the Primitive and Aboriginal
Dogs Breeds Society. We just purchased this house
here in Carson, New Mexico. It’s 20 acres of land. We wanted this property
because it’s pretty secluded and it’s a large piece of property. The more private, the more remote, and the more land we have the better. So that’s why we chose this property. My wife and I met in Georgia. We’ve been together
for more than 20 years. When I started becoming
interested in dogs, then she also enjoyed the interest. And so the Japanese
dogs in our preservation with the Japanese dogs, for us it was a hobby that we did together. I’d started getting more interested in the larger breeds and my focus shifted more towards the landrace
breeds and the larger breeds, while my wife stayed interested
in the Japanese breeds. We have a great life. What makes it great is the fact that I get to work from home,
in the middle of nowhere, and enjoy all these rares breeds. And I’m definitely not a rich man, but I make a decent enough income to where we can afford to have all these dogs and do the things we do. And then I have a beautiful
daughter and a beautiful wife that both also appreciate living the way we live, but
it’s not without stress. Owning all these dogs, it’s expensive and that puts stress on our life. It’s worth it in the long run for us to do it though because we’re helping the breeds love in a way
that we like to help. (upbeat music) I do think it’s a positive thing that my daughter gets to
grow up around these dogs. Owning aggressive dogs is a liability and it’s dangerous and we had to be very regimented with our daughter early on to make sure
that she was kept safe. Not to imply that any of our dogs were dangerous towards
her, but dogs make mistakes just like people make mistakes. (upbeat music) The biggest regret that
I have with the dogs is the fact that Jen and myself and Chase have not gone on a vacation together in a really long time because it’s hard to find people that will
take care of aggressive dogs. So, I’d say we’re in a perpetual state of trying to reduce our dog count without throwing the work that we’ve done, without throwing the baby out with the bath water so to speak. So, that’s a frustrating
thing, but I hope that we can get to a point where we have the infrastructure in
place and the contacts that we need where we can
travel the world together. (upbeat music) Our core focus is and will always be our Japanese breeds,
especially the Kai Ken. We started a nonprofit effort to reintegrate the North American population with the Japanese population. Before we started our
work, there was 11 dogs that were imported in the
’90s for the Kai Ken breed. But I made it my focus to do that. And in order to do that, I had to become, and wanted to become, a
Kai Ken Aigokaii memebr. The Kai Ken Aigokaii is the Japanese Preservation Society for the Kai Ken. It’s existed for about 90 years. I’m actually the first
member of that organization that doesn’t reside in
Japan and isn’t Japoanese. And then I started working
with the Kishu as well. I was drawn to the Kishu Ken because they’re a serious hunting breed. I believe I was the first to import the Shoku Kishu Ken to America, which is the colored Kishu Ken. Most Kishu Ken are white,
but the colored Kishu are acceptable within the Neapo Standard. They’re just not as popular. That then kind of moved on to the Tosa, I did the same thing, I mean my interest in the Tosa Inu was purely curiosity. I wanted one from Japan and I wanted one from a fighting kennel. I wanted quote unquote the real Tosa. I imported Sakura, my female. She ended up being a really beautiful great example of the breed and so that made me think hey, maybe
I could help the Tosa too. (upbeat music) I have two kennels,
one is Yamabushi Kennel and that’s our Kai Ken kennel, that’s our Kai Ken
Aigokaii registered kennel. And then we have Hakuzan Kennel, which is our Neapo registered kennel, which we do the Kishu Ken
through and the Tosa Inu through. The Japanese breeds that I have is I still have my old Shiba Inu Kaia, one of our first dogs,
she’s 15 years old now. And then I have Shikoku, that’s Lola. And Kaiju will be coming
back eventually as well. Then we have our Kishu Ken and
our Kai Ken and our Tosa Inu. (upbeat music) We got into livestock guardian dogs because the first time we lived Taos, we had a little bit of a predator problem with eagles and hawks and coyotes. That’s what got me into
the Caucasian Ovcharka. They were a dog that I
felt fit the mold well. Slowly over time though we
started adding livestock and my interest grew in the LGD breeds. I’ve had Kangals, I
have Central Asians now, I still have a Caucasian, I have Gamper, I have a Serabi dog,
those are all LGD breeds. I own several Cane Corso, I moved out of that breed, so I got my first Boerboel. The livestock guardians
that I prefer are the landrace breeds, specifically
the Central Asian shepard. I have a fascination with fighting dogs. I actually don’t like dog fighting and I actually don’t like dog aggression, I actually hate dog aggression, which I guess seems
really counter intuitive to me owning so many fighting dogs. I think the reason why I’m
interested in them is the hype. I own Tosa Inu, obviously is
the Japanese fighting dog. As far as my impression goes with them, they’re big goofy dogs. The size of a Japanese Tosa is typically 100 to 150 pounds or so. I’d say that’s a large Tosa in Japan. My American Pit Bull Terrier,
Gumbo, is from Boudreau lines. He’s a dog with game
bred lines behind him. I also have, I guess you can consider the central Asians a fighting
breed to some extent. I’ve owned one that was
definitely from fighting lines. (upbeat music) I own a lot of hunting breeds as well. My entry into true hunting breeds was the West Siberian Laika. Well, I guess all of the Japanese
breeds are hunting breeds, but I don’t use them for hunting. The ones that I’ve used for hunting are the West Siberian
Laika and then that led me to become more interested in some of the other hunting breeds,
specifically the Dogo. I have some of them as well
for hunting and I use them as kind of back up for hunting,
hunting lion with my Laika. (upbeat music) The most important things
in my life right now are my family, my daughter, by far. My preservation efforts with the dogs and caring for our animals and letting my daughter learn how to care for animals and love animals is very
important to us as well. So, moving forward with
my preservation efforts and everything, I’m going to start, well I feel like I’ve
experienced enough breeds. (laughs) I’m actually going to start focusing less on acquiring various different breeds and focusing more effort
back on my Japanese breeds. And I’m going to start
looking at smaller dogs that can fill the roles
that I need in hunting, so that I can retire
some of my larger dogs, which is very sad for
because I love all my dogs. But, something that you have to understand about Jen and myself, we love our dogs but we also realize, when
you have a lot of dogs, you can’t give them the individual care and love that they deserve. That’s why we retire our females so early and our males so early, and that’s why we’re in
this perpetual state of trying to find good homes
for dogs that we’re retiring because we want those dogs to go on and have that life that
they’re supposed to have. We don’t want to feel like
we’re neglecting them. So, moving forward I’m
hoping to reduce our numbers and maybe focus, maybe not
have quite so broad of a focus. Narrow it down to maybe
the Central Asains, our Japanese dogs, and
my Karelian Bear dog. This is Brad Anderson,
you can follow my work at brandanderson.org,
you can send me a message if you have questions
or opinions or comments. Thanks for watching. (upbeat music)

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