So you researched a whole lot online about all different dog breeds and decided you want to get a Shiba Inu as your next perfect dog.
How much do they cost is one of the most commonly asked question in my channel. Today I am doing the research for you so when you shop for your next perfect Shiba Inu you are well equipped and also know how to select the right breeder for you.
You can always adopt a Shiba Inu from local shelters for much less so check with your local shelter for more economical option. If you are getting a Shiba Inu from a licensed breeder, they typically cost between $1,200 to $3,500 depends on the location you are at and also depends on the equation of supply and demand from the specific breeder.
Where to find a breeder
Where can you find a reputable breeder? I would recommend you check with National Shiba Club of America, just google National Shiba Club of America and the first link pop up is the one you are looking for. When selecting a breeder, you should always visit the breeder in person so you can evaluate whether the condition is ideal for the new puppy. We certainly do not want to get a puppy from puppy mill. Other than ethical reason, puppy from puppy mill typically will have underlying health condition that will end up cost you more money.
What to look for in a breeder
Getting a dog should not be an impulize decision as a Shiba Inu typically lives between 13-16 years. When you visit the breeder, ask them questions like how many litters do they have every year? A large number might indicate the breeder is not letting female dogs to rest after giving birth. Check to see if the dogs or puppies at the breeder are well socialize, if dogs look timid when meeting you that could be another indication of male treatment by the breeder. Check the environment where the dogs live in, does it look clean? Ask the breeder how many breeds of dogs they have, if the breeder also breeds many other breeds that could be an indication of excessive and less than reputable breeder.
Last but not least, if you decide to go with a breeder. Make sure you obtained all the required paper work including vaccine record, worming record and health certification from a vet.
Buying a dog is a long term commitment and it should not be taken in haste, follow your heart when selecting the breeder, if it feels right, then it probably is.