Shiba Inu PuppIES
In New Zealand
How to get Shiba inu Puppies
Getting a Shiba Inu puppy in New Zealand can be quite a difficult process. There are only three Dogs New Zealand (formerly New Zealand Kennel Club) registered breeders in New Zealand, and Shiba Inu don’t have large litters, which means that there are only a very limited number of ethically bred Shiba Inu puppies available in New Zealand each year. Most of these puppies will already have homes before they are born so you must be prepared to wait.
You should expect it to take at least a year to get a puppy, and the best way to help your chances is to build a relationship with the breeder you’re hoping to work with. It’s important to be aware that they will all have many more people on their waiting lists than they could ever breed enough puppies for.
One of the most important things to look for is Parental Health Tests. Just saying a line is healthy does not meet the care of duty required from a responsible dog breeder. You should ask for these test results, and a reputable breeder will be able to present copies of these for your assurance. More information on these tests and why they are important can be found on the Health Page.
You can explore alternative options and co-own arrangements with your breeder to increase your chance of being offered a puppy. This is usually because the breeder wants to retain access for future breeding and/or showing, or finding “retirement homes” for adult dogs exiting their show career. Not every breeder will consider co-ownership, but these options do exist and building good a relationship with your preferred breeder is very important should this type of opportunity arise.
Ethical Breeding of SHiba Inu Puppies
There are very few regulations in New Zealand regarding breeding of animals, and as such it is quite easy for people to breed from whichever dogs they have available to them. Most people who do this are not trying to do anything wrong, and believe that because their dog is healthy and happy, it would obviously be perfectly suitable to breed from it. They are often interested in having their children experience the wonder of bringing new life in to the world. These things seem completely fine, but unfortunately there is a lot more complexity involved in breeding animals in an ethical manner.
Breeders who are registered with the national kennel association (Dogs NZ) are bound to a set of ethical rules, regarding how many litters they may have from any dam, the complement of health tests that must be performed for their specific breed, and the DNA they’re able to use. This doesn’t guarantee that every puppy is healthy and perfect, but it does significantly increase the chances of having healthy dogs, and the continued ability for the breed to survive in New Zealand, by ensuring the overall health of the lines.
“Backyard” breeders have no motivation to ensure they pay any attention to the suite of health tests, or the genetic background of their dogs, which can lead to very negative experiences. These people also don’t have a reputation to be concerned with, so if anything does go wrong, they will be very unlikely to be there to support you in trying to reach a happy outcome. It is quite common for families to bring home a seemingly healthy dog, only to discover any number of serious health issues months or years down the line.
The costs of health testing and bringing new genetics into New Zealand, combined with the small size of Shiba Inu litters, are the main reason puppies can be so expensive. As lovers of Shiba Inu, it is vitally important that we are all aware of and support our ethical, registered breeders.