Shiba inu puppy and japanese chinUncle Dexter keeping a close eye on a days-old Shiba puppy

Welcome to SunoJo Kennels, we hope you find this website helpful in learning more about Shiba Inu and Japanese Chin (Spaniel). We are long-term, serious fanciers that have been involved with purebred dogs over 30 years - our goal in breeding dogs is to be respectful of their heritage; progressive in the breeds' development; and particular in placing our dogs with responsible families. Please visit About to learn more about us.

We breed 2 to 3 litters of Shibas every year, and very occassionally a litter of Chin. We select our breeding stock and raise each puppy as a future champion - but we can't keep every one, so pet/companion puppies of excellent quality are available to approved pet homes.

Please consider carefully all aspects of adding a dog to your life: the cost, exercise, training, time, and the emotional investment. We hope you enjoy your visit, and that you find information here that enhances your knowledge of Shiba Inu and Japanese Chin.


News as of July 9, 2015

  • Puppies! Sayo delivered 4 babies in the wee hours of the 8th. Our co-owners' litters in Thunder Bay and Mission (BC) are doing wonderful - just loading photos and videos tonight. More information here.

  • Show News: Took a quick trip this past weekend, down to the Bell Vernon shows in Mt Vernon. The main purpose was to spend some time with our grandson (mom Rowan is a professional handler), but decided to enter Banzai even tho he is practically naked. He did well, going Best of Breed both days, and Group 3rd on Saturday (we didn't stay for Group on Sunday, had a ferry to catch). Kaijoo (SunoJo's Sea Monster) is #2 Shiba in Canada, has not been shown for months but will be back out as soon as she finishes shedding out that big puppy coat.
  • Our daughter Rowan and her husband Luke Baggenstos are professional all-breed handlers . Visit their website to see pictures of some of the SunoJo champions and the many different breeds they handle.

  • House of Dogs Pet Resort is now under the ownership of Renee & Colin Page - we highly recommend them for all your boarding and grooming requirements in Comox/Courtenay.

Shiba Inu
This small spitz breed native to Japan can be a wonderful companion, for those looking for a hardy, athletic dog that enjoys both outdoor activity and lounging on the couch. Includes information about the breed, our Shibas, and links to relevant websites.

Japanese Chin
This toy breed is also known as the Japanese Spaniel in Canada. "Toy breed" does not mean a plaything, but rather a small dog that requires indoor living and careful handling.

We have included a 'What Is An Akita' and 'Our Akitas' for information only. Our last litter was in 2000, it has been a long time since we have been involved in the breed. Please do not enquire about Akita puppies; we do NOT breed.