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Shiba Inu & Japanese Chin


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SunoJo is a small in-home preservation breeder dedicated to the protection and continuation of the Shiba Inu breed. Purebred dogs evolved to perform specific functions and each breed has a unique history. The preservation breeder honours this history by maintaining the qualities that make the breed recognizable, able to perform its purpose and iconic in appearance and character. Not to change the look, function, temperament or create something new or different, but preserve that unique set of qualities that sets the breed apart.

Established for over 40 years with the Canadian Kennel Club (SunoJo permanent registered), we have built a reputation of quality, commitment, and caring. We are located on Vancouver Island in beautiful BC, Canada.

We have multiple Champions in Canada, US and overseas; Grand Champions; Specialty winners; Best in Specialty; and Best In Show. Our dogs and their relatives have been in the Top 5 Shiba Inu in Canada every year since recognition. While our breedings are planned to produce dogs competitive in the show ring, not all are show dogs. We are very proud of the Shiba Inu living as companions that are beautiful examples of the breed, with superb temperaments. Our goal has always been, and continues to be, to produce Shiba Inu of traditional Japanese type, with excellent temperament and health, whether for the show ring or home. 

Use the links ABOVE for information about the breed, our dogs, how we raise our puppies, and why you may - or may not - want a SunoJo Shiba Inu.

Are You Looking For A shiba Inu Puppy?

UPDATE October 23, 2020

Thank you all very much for your interest in our Shiba Inu. We do NOT have any puppies available, and are not taking names for a waitlist. 

Our price for companion puppies will be $3500 in 2021.

The spring breedings were postponed as we were unable to travel or ship our females to stud dogs, and could not have potential owners visit to meet the dogs and do interviews. We strongly urge all those seeking puppies to consider what happens when life returns to 'normal' - the care and time required for a dog is significant. 

We anticipated that we would have October breedings, but at this time only one of our bitches has come into season. If a breeding is successful, puppies will be born in late December. There are a number of families who have been waiting for some time, and since litters are quite small there will not be any available from this litter. 

Once our families-in-waiting have come down in number, we will make application forms available again. 

We suggest you check through the Breed Information we have provided, and also learn more about us through Breeder Information as well. Please check this website for updates.

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu was developed in Japan, to flush birds and hunt small game, including wild boar. Now they are primarily kept as pets, both in Japan and the rest of the world.

A Shiba puppy may look like a live teddy bear, and the excessive attention given to the breed through social media makes them appealing to a lot of people. But the Shiba is not a wind up toy or a fashion accessory - it is a very lively little dog with a unique set of characteristics and challenges. Each one is an individual with his/her own personality, but there are some traits that are considered typical of the breed.

Learn more about the breed BEFORE adding a Shiba Inu to your family!

Buyer Beware!

There has been an unprecedented demand for puppies in 2020, and with that a rise in unscrupulous, even criminal actions. If you are looking for a purebred Shiba Inu:

  • The only way to guarantee a dog is purebred is if it is REGISTERED with the Canadian Kennel Club, American Kennel Club, or if overseas, the official kennel club of that country.
  • Genetic health: it is not possible to 100% guarantee a dog won't have some health issue, but if the parents and family have been screened and selected for sound structure and health, the odds dramatically increase. Shiba Inu breeding stock should be certified with OFA for hips, patellas and eyes. 
  • Breed Type: the reason to buy a purebred is predictability of size, shape, and to a certain extent, temperament. Along with that is the breeder's commitment to protecting the heritage of that breed, which encompasses its historical form and function. There is a reason why any breed looks like it does, and a well bred Shiba is a total package of beauty, elegance, strength, agility, intelligence. The Breed Standard describes what the breed should be, and while you may not be wanting a show dog, you obviously want a dog that is a good example of its breed, in both looks and temperament.
  • Temperament: a puppy's temperament is influenced by genetics and environment. Therefore, parents should be available for you to assess. Shiba puppies not raised in-home with lots of human contact can be quite feral and more difficult to live with. 

There are disreputable breeders producing poor quality puppies in terrible conditions; there are also brokers who purchase puppies in bulk, and represent themselves as the breeders. These puppies are actually born in puppy mills, domestic and foreign. There are online puppy mills, fairly easy to identify (multiple breeds, mixes, cute photo sets). There are rescues that import dogs, with compelling stories of neglect designed to generate as much income as possible (referred to as 'retail rescue'). And there are the scams where there is no puppy at all - send a deposit and never hear from them again.

It is fairly easy to check out any of the above - simply Google their names. Don't send money anywhere until you are 100% sure you are dealing with reputable people. Ask questions, ask for photos/videos of parents of puppies. 

Remember, the reputable breeders will be checking you out too!