Thank you for considering Kawako for your Shiba.  We would like to share some information that could be helpful to your search.

As the Shiba is getting more popular it is getting more difficult for people to find a good puppies.  Also, as puppy buyers are becoming more educated about exactly what a good puppy is and the tragedy of puppy mills and backyard breeders more and more buyers are seeking out responsible breeders.  This is GREAT and exactly what we breeders have always wanted but it doesn't change the fact that Shibas have very small litters. 1 to 3 pups is normal.  So buyers who want a good puppy may have to be patient.  That means finding a breeder you like, putting a deposit down for a future litter and waiting, sometimes up to a year or more.

As you continue to browse our site you will gain an understanding of the thought we put into placing each puppy. At Kawako we ONLY sell puppies to people who are committed to wanting a Kawako Shiba and NOT just any Shiba puppy. Our puppies are sold by reservation, usually before they are born and there are only a few reservations available per year.  We like to get to know people well and will need convincing of a suitable home before we will accept a deposit and commit to placing a puppy with anyone. Cheri screens all potential buyers carefully before they come to the house and Marcel is particularly picky about where our Shibas go and he asks lots of questions so together make a great team.

We suggest all potential Shiba owners join the NSCA - National Shiba Inu Club of America (  You will need two sponsors and we will help you with that.  Your membership comes with a complete list of members and a quarterly subscriptions to the Shiba-E-News magazine.  If you live in OR/WA you could also join The Evergreen Shiba Inu Club ( Remember, nobody has puppies just sitting around waiting for homes.  Occasionally you can get lucky with a puppy somebody has kept to show then changed their mind.  Again, all we can do is ask that people be patient and refrain from buying pups from pet shops, puppy mills and backyard breeders as it is the ONLY WAY WE CAN SHUT THEM DOWN FOREVER.  You do have the power to stop puppy mills.

We hope this information will help you make a safe and happy decision in your Shiba search.  Please let us know if we can help you any further.
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We are considered "Hobby Breeders" along with many other devoted individuals who keep a few dogs in their home, as pets and show dogs.  We do not have a commercial kennel and we keep only the number of adult dogs allowed by our municipality.  The goal in our breeding program is for progressive improvement while still preserving the unique character of the Shiba Inu as the anchient breed it is. In meeting our goals we are able to provide a few lucky pet owners with a well bred, properly raised and absolutely beautiful Shiba puppy, well started youngster or trained adult Shiba.

It has always been our goal to present dogs, dog breeders and dog ownership to the public in a positive light by being responsible pet owners. As dog breeders we strive to create a beautiful dog with a sound mind & healthy body that takes to training well and is a nice calm house dog and family companion.  We have been training and showing dogs 40+ years and in that time we have owned & loved Aussies, Rottweilers, Pomeranians, a Golden, a German Shepherd, a Lapponian Herder and rescued any breed or species of animal that needed us. We just love animals. All these animals have taught us different lessons which we can only surmise was in preparation for the Shibas to come. We've now devoted 25+ years to the Shiba Inu.

It is our belief that as breeders it is our responsibility to preserve the Shiba as the ancient Japanese treasure it is.  We would never consider changing the Shiba to make it more marketable, less spirited or more docile as that is not our right.  There are some who want to Americanize the Shiba and make it "easier" for the pet owner.  The Shiba is not the breed for everyone and that is the way it should stay.  The Shiba requires a master it can count on to be fair, firm and consistent so mutual respect can develop naturally.  The Shiba has life lessons to teach his master too.  So it is wise to listen to him.
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