The Wakin was developed in Japan in the 18th century or before. I t appears to be a foundation fish for some other varieties in Japan. This is said to be the common goldfish of Japan. It is a somewhat popular pond fish in North America and is also a common inhabitant of Koi plant filters in the United States.It is always present in the cultured fish trade because it is often imported with Japanese Koi.

© Merlin Cunliffe 2016

Breed Development

The Wakin is a powerful swimmer with a dorsal fin and a short tail. The peduncle is longer than a Fantail and it’s fins are short and stubby by comparison. These fish get very large and do best in exhibits if the fish is 6” or larger.

  • Fins must be matched and fan shaped.
  • Fins are short and not elongated.
  • Peduncle is thick and ¼ the body height minimum. Peduncle is elongated.

The fish typically is red, white, or red/white. Other color do exist and are allowed.


The fish is judged on a 100-point scale.

Body 20
Peduncle 20
Fins 20
Color and Condition 20
Deportment 20


Body is thick, muscular, peduncle is thick and shiny 20
Fish is thin and body depth is less 1/3 the length excluding the peduncle 10
Fish is flat on top and not curved 5


Peduncle is thick and at least ¼ the body depth and the length is not more than 1/3 the body length 20
Peduncle is thick but very short 10
Peduncle is overly long 5


Fins must be fan shaped and matched, the tail must be 35% to 100% split. 20
Fins are matched but an anal fin is missing 12-15
No anal fins or pectorals fins are clamped or threadlike 0 or DQ

Color and condition

Fish is shiny, colors are bright and discrete, fish is active 20
Colors faded 10
Fish has torn fins 0-5


Fish is a balanced active swimmer 20
Fish is sitting on the bottom 10
Fish is lethargis 5-10