Dog (inu) Hund

. inu 犬と伝説 Legends about the dog .

Dog (inu 犬) Hund

***** Location: Japan, worldwide
***** Season: Non-seasonal Topic
***** Category: Animal


DOG just like that (inu, ken 犬 ) is not a kigo in Japan but a non-seasonal topic.
It is also listed like that in the Haiku World by Higginson and in the Japanese saijiki for NO SEASON.

that yelping dog;
can i use him
as a kigo?

robert d. wilson


Domestication has changed the biological need for a seasonal breeding behaviour in dogs. There are however, some words related to the dog which are kigo. Let us have a look.

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Akita Ken, the dogs from the northern Akita province, are a special Japanese breed, used for hunting bears in the large forests.
Akita Inu 秋田犬(あきたいぬ)


© PHOTO pskochi

Tosa Ken, the feroucious dog fighting breeds, are from the southern island of Shikoku.
Tosa Ken 土佐犬(とさけん)

- 3 photos shared by Marc on facebook

Click HERE to see more photos of the Tosa fighting dogs !

. Inu 戌 / 犬 Dogtoys and amulets .
- Introduction -


First of Novebmer (11.1) is "Day of the Dog"
The voice of the Japanese dog is rendered as WAN
wan wan wan (one one one)
this is a play of words.


kigo for winter

dog in the cold, kanken 寒犬
dog in winter, fuyu no inu 冬の犬
dog in snow, yuki no inu 雪の犬

hunting dogs, houds ryooken 猟犬

husky = chien de traîneau (ou « husky » ) Canada


The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. The term encompasses both feral and pet variants. It is also sometimes used to describe wild canids of other subspecies or species.

Over time, the dog has developed into hundreds of breeds with a great degree of variation.

In domestic dogs, sexual maturity (puberty) begins to happen around age 6 to 12 months for both males and females, although this can be delayed until up to two years old for some large breeds. Adolescence for most domestic dogs is around 12 to 15 months, beyond which they are for the most part more adult than puppy. As with other domesticated species, domestication has selectively bred for higher libido and earlier and more frequent breeding cycles in dogs, than in their wild ancestors.

Females have a twice-yearly fertile period, known as 'seasons', during which her body prepares for pregnancy, and at the peak she will come "into heat", her fertile period, during which time she will be mentally and physically receptive to copulation. A female is able to become pregnant on her first heat; this is not normally considered advisable as she is mentally and physically still young in other ways.

As with most domesticated species, one of the first and strongest effects seen from selective breeding is selection for cooperation with the breeding process as directed by humans. In domestic dogs, one of the behaviours that is noted is the abolition of the pair bond seen in wild canines. The ability of female domestic dog to come into estrus at any time of the year and usually twice a year is also valued. The amount of time between cycles varies greatly among different dogs, but a particular dog's cycle tends to be consistent through her life. This is also called in season or in heat.

Conversely, undomesticated canine species experience estrus once a year, typically in late winter.
© Wikipedia


Conan, the prayful dog

Photo: AFP

NAHA: At a Zen Buddhist temple in southern Japan, even the dog prays.

Taking after its master, the priest Joei Yoshikuni, the 18-month-old black-and-white Chihuahua named Conan joins in the daily prayers at the Shuri Kannondo temple here. It sits up on its hind legs and duly puts its front paws together in a posture of prayer before the altar.

It took only a few days for the dog to learn the motions, and now Conan is the talk of the town.

“Word has spread, and we are getting a lot more tourists,” Yoshikuni said on Monday.

He said Conan generally goes through its prayer routine at the temple in the capital of Japan’s southern Okinawa prefecture without prompting, before his morning and evening meals. “I think he saw me doing it all the time and got the idea to do it, too.”

The priest is now trying to teach Conan how to meditate as well.

Well, sort of. “Basically, I am just trying to get him to sit still while I meditate,” he explained. “It’s not like we can make him cross his legs.”
— AP
quote from:  www.hindu.com

spring equinox -
the master and his faithful

Gabi Greve, March 2008

Worldwide use

Europa and Kenya

I imagine that, in the very North of Europe, where dogs are used to drew sleds, dogs (huskies in particular) must be winter kigo and lead a calm and relaxing life during the other seasons. The St Bernard dogs searching in avalanches likewise would be winter kigo.
Hunting dogs would be for autumn / winter.
Hounds (accompanying people hunting on horseback) are very much winter kigo, at least in Ireland, where horse riding is a national sport.

But the ordinary domestic dog?

In temperate climes, puppies are most likely to be a summer kigo -- simply because breeders arrange for them to be born at the start of the summer to have the best possible chance of growth and survival.
This would not hold in Kenya, where puppies are born all year round and have equal chances, as the weather stays mild.

But ordinary, grown-up domestic dogs?

Why would we associate them more with one season than another? Ours seem to be equally floppy whatever the season, equally eager to go for walks, equally fond of their food and equally fond of the providers of food and walks... And the Kenyan dogs love lying in the dry shade all year round...

avocado tree --
the dog and I stare in vain
at its ripe fruit

Kenyan dogs love avocados!

Isabelle Prondzynski

Things found on the way

. Inu 戌 / 犬 Dogtoys and amulets .
- Introduction -

. Inu Jinja, Inu-jinja 犬神社 / 伊奴神社 / イヌ神社 dog shrines .


poor dog,
no one wants you
in a haiku!

wishing it were
a kigo, this
dog shit!

Robert Wilson



............ DOG haiku by Issa

oya inu ya atama de akeru yukigakoi

mother dog
opens it with her head...
snow shed

ôinu ga shiri de kojiru ya yuki mushiro

the big dog
wriggles in butt-first...
snow shed

inu no koe pattari yamite hasu no hana

the dog stops barking...
lotus blossoms!

kagerô ya inu ni owaruru nora nezumi

heat shimmers--
a field mouse chased
by the dog

Tr. David Lanoue. Click for more DOG haiku.


spring passes -
a blind dog follows
the freshly mowed path

Dustin Neal


Beware of the dog!
a bitch in the courtyard
playing with children

Read more DOG haiku by Tom Maretic HERE !


sniffing the crisp air...

opie, Texas

Alaskan malamute:
. . . CLICK here for Photos !

The Alaskan Malamute
is a generally large breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originally bred for use as a utilitarian dog, not just an Alaskan sled dog. They are sometimes mistaken for a Siberian Husky, but in fact are quite different in many ways.
As pets, once mature, Malamutes have a very quiet, dignified temperament and are loyal to their owners.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !

in the Yukon
malemutes sleep in

Jimmy ThePeach
source : www.haikutoday.net

Related words

"Dogs from Europe"
Hashimoto Kansetsu 橋本関雪 (1883-1945)


***** Coyote pups North America, Sonora

***** Wolf (ookami) Japan

***** Fox (kitsune) Japan

***** Cat (neko) Japan ... also : Dog's tail grass, enokorogusa 狗尾草

and even

Dog Days (doyoo, Japan) Hundstage

Dog Winterberry (inu umemodoki)Japan. Ilex serrata.

Dogwood (Cornus family) .. (USA) yamabooshi (yamaboshi) Japan


. inu 犬と伝説 Legends about the dog .

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Anonymous said...

Hmm, in my little corner of the world, dogs do bay at the moon. Generally late summer and autumn, when the coyotes are active, running along the river.

Late autumn is coon hunting season, and that brings another kind of dog song. It sends chills to hear a pack of dogs with their blood up, treeing raccoons.

raccoon moon-
an autumn chorus
of pursuing dogs


Anonymous said...

a dog barks ...
the kigo caravan
moves on

a dog barks ...
the haiku caravan
stops briefly

Wuff, wuff, wuff

Anonymous said...

growing old--
even a dog won't sniff
my summer kimono

toshi yoreba inu mo kaganu zo hatsu awase


by Issa, 1815

This haiku refers to the year's first day of putting on summer clothes.

Tr. David Lanoue

Gabi Greve said...

new year's eve --
first dog disappeares
in the red room

first dog ...
searching for miss Beazley
in the blue room



Thanks so much, Tom san!

Gabi Greve said...

enokoro no kazashi ni shitari hagi no hana

a great decoration
for the puppy -
bush clover blossoms

Tr. Gabi Greve

Anonymous said...

the cherry blossoms fall--
I apologize to a dog
in passing

chiru sakura inu ni wabishite toori keri
by Issa, 1813
Tr. David Lanoue

Gabi Greve - Issa said...

Kobayashi Issa

hagakure no akai sumomo wo naku ko inu

a puppy barks
at a red plum
hidden by leaves

read the
Comment by Chris Drake

This humorous summer hokku is from 1820, when Issa was living in his hometown.

Gabi Greve said...

Kobayashi Issa

gamushara no enoko to asobu ko choo kana

a small butterfly
plays even with
the manic dog

This hokku was written in the first month (February) of 1815, when Issa was in his hometown. A small butterfly seems to have been flitting around amusing itself with several animals and things in the house, which is probably still in a festive New Year's mood, and now the butterfly plays with even the hyper-energetic dog, who seems to be so excited, almost frantic, that no one else wants to play with it. Perhaps the butterfly is the only creature in the house that is even quicker than the dog and so can enjoy its antics.

Chris Drake

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

霊犬早太郎伝説 The legend of the spiritual dog Hayataro
and his relation to Yanahime Jinja.
. Koozenji 光前寺 Kozen-Ji - Nagano .

Gabi Greve said...

Kobayashi Issa - enoko

tsuchi no nabe tsuchi no enoko no nodoka nari

an earthen pot
and an earthen puppy...
spring peace

David Lanoue

Gabi Greve - Darumapedia said...

Legend from Tokyo, Sumida ward

.... Honjo Ishiwara 本所石原町

inu no tatari 犬の祟り the curse of the dog
Around August in 1729, there lived a man in Ishiwara named 徳山五郎兵衛 Tokuyama Gorobei. One of his friends named 八郎 Hachiro suddenly begun to grow a tail like a dog at his behind. Sometimes he did not eat his breakfast for quite a few days. When they put food in a suribachi すり鉢 mortar, he ate it with delight. Then his face begun to change and he became a dog.
This was the curse of all the dogs he had killed in his lifetime.