First and foremost - Thank you for not buying your Shiba puppy from a pet store and doing your research!Â There is a difference.Â I will not mention the situation with puppy mills, but by doing a little extra research and exercising a little patience now, you will be reward with a much higher possibility of finding a healthier and more social Shiba that best represents the breed.
While it is not suppose to be an important deciding factor, as a potential owner I am sure it will still work into the decision process. I am not going to sugarcoat it - if you are buying from a reputable breeder, chances are you will be paying a premium.Â The range seems to fall between $1,200 - $2,000 depending on the breeder's success and location.Â The initial cost may sway you back to a cheaper alternative, but if you look at the number long term it is reasonable. Â One thing to consider is that you are buying a life that you will spend with for the next 13+ years. $1800 vs. $1000 initial cost spread out over 13 years is roughly $60 a year difference. For that price, you know you are starting out with the best chance of having a healthy, well adjusted, beautiful puppy coming from one of the top lines in the United State; with the best odd at dodging potentially costly health issue down the road. To me the better odd is worth the extra $60 a year.
Please do not hesitate to comment or email me if you would like to recommend a breeder or you think one is listed in error.
- Polar Star Kennels - firstname.lastname@example.org / 732.252.5156
AKC Breeder of Merit, high praises on Shiba Inu Forum.
- Tengai Shibas
AKC Breeder of Merit, Great reviews from Shiba Inu forums and happy Shiba owners.
- Royal Kennels
AKC Breeder of Merit, wonderful reviews from across the board. Also noteworthy is that they raise their dogs on a 5 acre farmland, runs a Kai rescue, and quite a few of their dogs had such sweet temperament that they were trained to be therapy & service dogs.
- Rodel Shiba
AKC Breeder of Merit, one of the top Shiba Inu breeder in the US.Â Owner of Banshou the top Shiba in the US (been in 100+ shows, took Breed title 80+ times).Â Rodel Shiba is also where Mac came from.
- Hi-Jinx Shiba
AKCâ€™s gold medallion for recognition, Shiba breed columnist for the AKC. Overwhelming good reviews from fellow Shiba owners.
Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada
- Sunojo Shibas
Sunojo's Shibas consistently take the top spots in the Canada dog shows (some pretty staggering accomplishments listed on their site). Research showed very favorable references to Sunojo's Shibas, sometime using their pictures as an example of breed standards.