Spring Litters 2021
We have had two litters so far in 2021, and another is on the way. We delayed breeding in 2020, so it is wonderful to have the pitter patter of little paws around again.
We have had numerous applications submitted, and will be using the factors outlined below when screening potential homes. Please read “Adding A Shiba Inu to YOur Family” prior to submitting an application.
Sires of our Spring Litters
Best in Specialty/multi Group win/CanGrandCh/Am Ch SunoJo How We Say Zee "ZED"
SunoJo's The Jam
Zed’s grandson: ‘Jam’ is sired by Can/Am Ch SunoJo’s Eddie Zedder, out of the lovely Can Ch SunoJo ‘n Satika Amber. What with covid shutting down the 2020 show season, we didn’t have a chance to show Jam before he ‘retired’ to the quiet country life he so greatly preferred!
Adding a Sunojo Shiba Inu to your Family
How To Apply For A Puppy
Please read through our website first to learn more about the breed and what we believe is important about their requirements for exercise, training, and living environment.
An Application Form is available BELOW when puppies are born, when we know what gender and colour they are. Please be aware that we do screen thoroughly, to make the best match possible both for the puppy and for the new family.
We do not maintain a Waiting List or take deposits – it can be a long time until a puppy is available and we do not feel it is fair to keep someone waiting, and waiting. Non-refundable deposits are required after applications have been reviewed and interview process completed.
Factors Considered When Screening New Homes:
Location: we prefer to place our puppies somewhat locally, so that we are easily able to offer support throughout the dog’s life. We are on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. So that means within BC.
Accomodation: while Shibas look apartment sized, their exercise needs exceed that of many larger breeds. A fenced yard provides the opportunity to burn off energy that leashed walks cannot. Dog parks are not a safe alternative; the breed is not naturally dog-social and does not necessarily enjoy the company of other dogs.
Experience: Shibas are not the easiest breed, and we believe too challenging for the first-time dog owner. They can be difficult for those even with years of experience; and soul crushing for those who think that love is all it takes. If your experience has been with Goldens or Shelties, a Shiba will be a shock.
Time: they require a great deal of exercise, and lots of social interaction. No puppy does well being left for long hours by themselves, in the important early months. If you work full-time away from home, a Shiba puppy is not for you.
Age: Puppies do not leave their mothers until at least 9 weeks of age.
Shipping: We do NOT ship – we prefer potential owners to come meet us and the dogs face to face prior to pick up.
Price: $3500 CDN on a spay/neuter contract. INCLUDES the CKC certificate of registration, sales tax, veterinary record, current vaccinations & wormings, SunoJo puppy care manual, starter package (food, blanket, collar, toy), 30 day full return, 2 year limited warranty on genetic health (hips, knees, heart & eyes) and lifetime support.
Spay/Neuter: Unless you are purchasing a show potential puppy, all dogs are on a non-breeding contract, which means they are to be spayed/neutered by 1 year of age. The CKC Certificate of Registration is transferred into new owners’ name upon receipt of spay/neuter. Any dogs we have available that are old enough (over 10 months), will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving us
Companion, Show/Breeding & Retired Shiba Inu
All of our litters are planned to produce the next generation of show and breeding animals for our breeding program. We realistically can only keep so many, so have very strict criteria for which one that will be. That means that we place puppies into companion homes, not because there is anything ‘wrong’ with them, but because we can’t keep them all! Some of the factors we use to distinguish show from companion are structure, proportion, coat texture, coat colour (the occassional cream makes it easy – creams are not showable) – so the difference between a SunoJo show or companion puppy can be very subtle.
Companion/Pet puppies are placed on Non-Breeding Contracts. This means these puppies are NOT to be bred, and are to be altered (spayed or neutered) at the suitable age.
We are pleased to work with responsible Shiba Inu fanciers around the world, and proud of the contributions our dogs have made to the global Shiba Inu community.
In Canada, we co-own the show quality puppies, as this allows us to have access to a dog for showing and breeding, and to assist those who may be novices in the dog sport. For those new to the concept, there is a lot of responsibility involved – living with an unaltered animal and all that entails (heats, hormone swings, etc), and being able to let your dog go away on weekends for shows (perhaps 4 or 5 times a year). Breeding entails the dog come back to us for the actual breeding, and the girls come back to us to whelp out the litter, which means they are with us for approximately 10 weeks.
We do have very stringent requirements, both to protect the dogs well being and the future of the breed. Please contact us if you are in search of a well bred, sound, healthy, and typey show dog.
We generally hold back a puppy from each litter, to hopefully show and breed later on. The evaluation process can take a year or more and we have very strict criteria for our breeding stock, so a dog that isn’t maturing to that criteria then becomes available to a companion home. So they may be ‘retired’ by the age of 12 months, but are still very much puppies inside.
The dogs in our breeding program are 2 to 5 years, and after giving us the next generation of SunoJo Shiba Inu they are spayed or neutered, and we find the perfect home for each individual dog. So their retirement age can be from 3 to 7 years. Retired show dogs are house/crate/leash trained, used to travel, comfortable in large noisy buildings, accepting of respectful strangers, and pretty darn perfect. Because they have been intact (not spayed/neutered) until recently, they will not have been around the same gender – Shiba males and females do NOT play well with the same sex. They are NOT used to being off leash or going to dog parks, or being around uncontrolled rude dogs.
These dogs do not come available very often; it will be posted on this page when they do.