Are your dogs purebred?
YES. Our dogs are not only purebred and registered, but premium quality.
Is there an added cost for registration papers?
NO. As Canadian Kennel Club members, all puppies bred by us must be registered, and the certificate of registration provided to new owners AT NO CHARGE.
Are your Shiba Inu health tested?
YES. We have required hip and eye clearances since we started in the Shibas back in 1986. Regular veterinarians perform Hip xrays and palpate patellas (knees), while eyes are examined by an ophthalmologist. These three tests are then certified by OFA (the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). We also have our veterinarians do heart checks for our own peace of mind.
Do you show your dogs?
Yes – and very successfully too! While some dismiss dog shows as simply beauty contests, in truth they serve as a tool to evaluate the characteristics of each breed, including not only looks, but soundness and temperament. We all think our dogs are ‘the best’, and the only way to prove that is to get out and compete.
So your dogs don't live like 'real' dogs?
On the contrary – the Shibas live a very ‘real’ life. One of the reasons we chose this breed is that they do not need coddling to keep them in show condition – in fact, the more vigourous exercise they get, the better they do in the ring. So our Shibas run through the rough terrain, dig holes, chase rabbits and squirrels, wrestle with each other, and generally have a great life. So don’t feel sorry for those ‘poor show dogs’!
Is there a long waiting list?
NO. We actually do not ‘reserve’ puppies. Submitting an Application Form is the first part of the screening process, with the next step being a visit to meet the adults and learning more about the breed and determining if it is the right breed for your lifestyle. Once puppies are actually born, we will take deposits from screened homes, bearing in mind it is not ‘first come’, but rather ‘best for both puppy & person’. It may take six or seven weeks before we can tell you exactly which puppy is going where, but we NEVER promise anything and then renege on it.
Can I come see your dogs?
At the moment, NO. Quarantine regulations have severely restricted travel and visitors. Once restrictions are eased, we will schedule visits around work and show commitments.
Why do you require spaying or neutering?
There are several reasons, with the most important one being to avoid unwanted litters. Secondly, altered animals make better pets, with the stress of raging hormones removed. Thirdly, we have invested considerable time, energy and finances in developing our successful breeding program, and both the genetics and our reputation will be damaged with irresponsible breeding choices.
Do you ship?
NOT pet/companion puppies. It has become extremely difficult due to security measures, airline restrictions and cost. We highly recommend finding a breeder in your local area – this avoids the cost of shipping, is less stressful for a new puppy, you can evaluate the puppy’s background and upbringing, and you can build a relationship with the breeder. For show/breeding potential puppies, we can discuss shipping.
What is in the SunoJo Puppy Package?
The SunoJo Puppy Care Manual (70+ pages of Shiba specific information); Medical Folder (outlining puppy’s vaccinations, wormings, weight, vet exam, etc); written contract; relevant articles on training and socialilzation; collar; blanket; toy; dry dog food for the first few days; and lifetime support.