Please email us for planned litters or referral to other breeders that
may have pups
Reputable breeders like myself always have a waiting list. The wait is
usually 6 months to a year or more. Please plan accordingly when
asking if we have a pup available now, next week or next month.
All breeding animals are health tested/certified for hips,
patella's (knees) thyroid and eyes(CERF) including gonioscopy for glaucoma.
There are some common problems you should consider before you bring a Shiba Inu
into your home. Reputable breeders have made strides improving the health,
temperament and well being of our breed. In the same breath, there are many who
continue to breed without interest in the health and welfare of the dogs. Before
purchasing a dog, remember that typically, Shibas live approximately 15 years of age.
Buying a dog from a non reputable breeder or pet store for a bargain price may cost
you in the long run. Please take the following into consideration when purchasing a
Temperament and Socialization
Visit breeders at their locations and see how their dogs interact with each other and
visitors. Shibas may be aloof but they should not cower, or avoid you. See the parents
and other dogs in their breeding program. Make sure the dogs are not spooky. If you
see dogs in their breeding program that are not approachable, it should set off alarms.
Luxating Patella's and Hip Dysplasia
Luxating Patella's are a common problem in the breed and depending on the severity,
may need surgery to resolve. Hip Dysplasia is not as common but should still be
checked. OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) has a database that responsible
breeders send in their paperwork and register their dogs results. If a breeder states that
they have done the tests but have not send in the paperwork, ask to view the
paperwork and verify that the dog has passed and performed by a licensed veterinarian.
CERF is an acronym for the Canine Eye Registration Foundation. This organization
maintains a registry of all purebred dogs that have been tested for a number of
inheritable eye problems and found to be clear.
Glaucoma: Gonioscopy a test that measures the angles and pressures and drainage in
the eye that may help determine the likelihood of developing glaucoma later in life.
We are a small hobby exhibitor/breeder. We occasionally have puppies. We may also
have a young adult or a retired show dog, who for what ever reason isn't the show dog
we had hoped for. These dogs are great companions and are great family pets. Please
We breed first for ourselves. Any other puppies in the litter would/could be available to
companion homes. Please keep in mind a Shiba Inu average litter is 3 pups, and we
may have one to three litters per year. Reservations are recommended. The wait for a
pup from a reputable breeder can be six months to a year or more.
All our puppies are born in our home, among the hustle of daily household activities.
They are well socialized with other dogs, and children. They are micro chipped and
given their appropriate vaccinations and de worming before going to their new homes.
We keep pups until they are at least 9-10 weeks of age, at which time they are
evaluated for show potential/companion status. All potential puppy homes are
screened thoroughly. Companion puppies are placed with a spay/neuter agreement.
If you are interested in a Tengai Shiba puppy, an adoptable young adult or a retired
show dog please
e-mail us for more information.
Please consider an older rescue needing a home at:
NYC Shiba Rescue
"A Reputable Breeder
Reputable Breeder vs Pet Store
|TENGAI SHIBA INU
|I don't want a show dog, I just want a pet
This is one of the most pervasive sentiments that puppy buyers, especially families, express when
they're looking for a dog. What they really mean, of course, is that they don't want a show BREEDER –
don't want to pay the high price they think show breeders charge, don't want to go through the often-
invasive interview process, and think that they're getting a better deal or a real bargain because they
can get a Lab for $300 or a Shepherd for $150.
I want you to change your mind. I want you to not only realize the benefits of buying a show-bred dog, I
want you to INSIST on a show-bred dog. And I want you to realize that the cheap dog is really the one
that's the rip-off. And then I want you to go be obnoxious and, when your workmate says she's getting a
puppy because her neighbor, who raises them, will give her one for free, or when your brother-in-law
announces that they're buying a goldendoodle for the kids, I want you to launch yourself into their solar
plexus and steal their wallets and their car keys.
If I ask you why you want a Shiba or Maltese, or a Lab, or a Leonberger, or a Cardigan, I would bet
you're not going to talk about how much you like their color. You're going to tell me things about
personality, ability (to perform a specific task), relationships with other animals or humans, size, coat,
temperament, and so on. You'll describe playing ball, or how affectionate you've heard that they are, or
how well they get along with kids.
The things you will be looking for aren't the things that describe just "dog"; they'll be the things that
make this particular breed unique and unlike other breeds.
That's where people have made the right initial decision – they've taken the time and made the effort to
understand that there are differences between breeds and that they should get one that at least comes
close to matching their picture of what they want a dog to be.
Their next step, tragically, is that they go out and find a dog of that breed for as little money and with as
much ease as possible.
You need to realize that when you do this, you're going to the used car dealership, WATCHING them
pry the "Audi" plate off a new car, observing them as they use Bondo to stick it on a '98 Corolla, and
then writing them a check and feeling smug that you got an Audi for so little.
It is no bargain.
Those things that distinguish the breed you want from the generic world of "dog" are only there
because somebody worked really hard to get them there. And as soon as that work ceases, the dog,
no matter how purebred, begins to revert to the generic. That doesn't mean you won't get a good dog –
the magic and the blessing of dogs is that they are so hard to mess up, in their good souls and minds,
that even the most hideously bred one can still be a great dog – but it will not be a good Shepherd, or
good Puli, or a good Cardigan. You will not get the specialized abilities, tendencies, or talents of the
If you don't NEED those special abilities or the predictability of a particular breed, you should not be
buying a dog at all. You should go rescue one. That way you're saving a life and not putting money in
pockets where it does not belong.
If you want a purebred and you know that a rescue is not going to fit the bill, the absolute WORST thing
you can do is assume that a name equals anything. They really are nothing more than name plates on
cars. What matters is whether the engineering and design and service department back up the name
plate, so you have some expectation that you're walking away with more than a label.
Keeping a group of dogs looking and acting like their breed is hard, HARD work. If you do not get the
impression that the breeder you're considering is working that hard, is that dedicated to the breed, is
struggling to produce dogs that are more than a breed name, you are getting no bargain; you are only
getting ripped off.