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SunoJo

Shiba Inu & Japanese Chin

About Us

A long time ago, in 1974, we welcomed a little black bear of an Akita puppy into our lives. "Tamyu" introduced us to the world of dogs and we participated in both obedience and conformation. She was bred once, and produced our beloved Can. Ch. Dogstar's Akuma-Za CD, one of the first Akitas in Canada to earn both an obedience and championship title. We came up with a more unique kennel name (SunoJo), added more Akitas,  and our dogs went on to become Specialty winning champions in both Canada and the US. More important, their health, soundness, and temperament were second to none. SunoJo Akitas can be found in the backgrounds of many successful kennels around the world today. We lost our last Akita several years ago, but we still miss her immensely.

In 1985, a little red whirlwind joined our family. SunoJo's Ginger Tornado became our son's best friend and taught us what being Shiba was all about. We loved her dearly, but she wasn't going to set the show ring on fire! It wasn't long before 'Smidge' joined us - she was the total package of type, soundness and more than a dollop of Shibatude. She was bred to a Japanese import, produced the wonderful brother & sister team of Toshi and Mitsu, and we haven't looked back since. SunoJo Shiba Inu are well recognized for their quality, health, temperaments - all around the world. We have had Shibas in the Top 5 every year since breed recognition, specialty winners in both the US and Canada, Best in Show, Best Puppy in Show, and group placements that I have long ago lost count of.

I started the journey to become a conformation judge, and while studying various breeds, I was introduced to the Japanese Chin. Our daughter Rowan was looking for a small breed she could take with her while working as a professional handler's assistant - and that is how such a dependent, snub-nosed, unnatural, hairy little beast came into our lives! They are the exact opposite of Akitas and Shibas, truly being so very dependent on us, never running away (!!), and living only to be near those they love. We dabble in the breed - I have never considered myself to be a breeder of Chin - the few litters we did have were incredibly difficult to part with, as no one is considered 'Chin-worthy'. We do NOT have any breeding dogs at the moment.

Over the years, I have instructed both obedience and conformation classes, been involved in both breed and all-breed clubs, and am now a CKC licensed judge for the Working, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding and Hound Groups. We have downsized both our home and the number of dogs we keep, but if anything, my commitment to all things purebred dog has increased.