Former Mongolian Yokozuna Asashoryu, who’s real name is Dolgorsurengiin Dagvadorj, posted on twitter (@Asashoryu) with the caption, “Sakura-chan finally became a mama.” About 20 minutes later, he posted photos of the puppies and a proud father, saying, “Masao became a papa.”
Having been the 68th Yokozuna, Asashoryu has become an ambassador of sorts between Mongolia and Japan. Last autumn he participated in an event for the preservation of the Akita breed of dog, held in Odate, Akita Prefecture. There he received the gift of “Sakura,” a female Akita puppy, who was hoped to be a mate for “Masao,” a male Akita he had been gifted the year before that.
“They’re really beautiful,” said Asashoryu, showing a smile, “I want to raise them with care like my own family.”