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 September 2, 2015

  • Puppies We do not have any puppies available at this time. Thank you for your enquiries over this busy summer. Next litters are planned for February and October 2016.

  • Retirees: We will consider new homes for two of our adult females. One is 8 years old but has the health and energy of a 4 year old, and the brattiness of a puppy. The other is 5 years old and is getting back in shape after having our last litter of puppies. She too is rather exuberant and would be a good candidate for performance events as she is extremely food motivated. Both must be spayed prior to leaving us.

  • Show News: Flew out to Winnipeg for the Shiba Inu Canada National and Regional Specialties. Took young Miss Yippee for a training opportunity and she surprised me with how good she was on the table, having the judges go over her and then standing still for photos. I was the big winner at all the shows, as just about every Shiba there was related to Bob or Ei - so very grateful to the wonderful owners & breeders who are working with 'my' dogs.
  • 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.