How Much Do Shiba Inu Puppies Cost?

adorable shiba inu puppyBefore deciding on bringing a new Shiba Inu puppy into your home, you must consider other, more important factors besides the Shiba Inu price tag.

While we at My First Shiba Inu advocate for saving rescues whenever possible, we also understand that there are certain families who specifically search for Shiba Inu puppies. This article is written to help these families find puppies in an ethical, responsible and safe manner. 900_PUPPIES copy Reputable and Ethical Breeding The most important aspect of bringing a new shiba inu puppy into your household is getting the puppy from a responsible, ethical breeder that ONLY breeds Shiba Inus of sound health, temperament, and lineage. These Shiba Inu breeders are normally endorsed by recognized associations like the AKC and the Shiba Inu Club of America. These breeders typically show their dogs at Dog Shows and are keenly interested in the betterment of the breed.

Avoid Puppy Mills and Puppy “Stores”

At all costs, avoid getting a Shiba Inu puppy from online puppy sources, puppy stores, and backyard breeders. If you purchase a Shiba puppy from an online puppy store you not only risk losing money by sending funds to an unknown source, but you also encourage puppies being born in “puppy mills”.

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Puppy mills are run by people who have no care for the dogs they breed, but just the income coming from puppy sales. Do Not Support Dog Cruelty!  Puppy mills are normally crowded, dirty, and full of puppies and puppy parents that are in poor health. In many ways, this can be seen as torture.

Both online sources as well as brick and mortar puppy stores receive their puppies from puppy mills which is why you should never buy your puppies from these unscrupulous sources. graphic - avoid puppy mills “Unintentional” Backyard Breeders Backyard breeders can sometimes be classified as puppy mills depending on how many dogs they breed and the purpose of the breeding.

Many times, backyard breeders are simply regular people who don’t know any better. They think that because they have two purebred dogs, that it would be “a good idea” to have a few puppies they can give friends or relatives.

These types of breeders do not regularly produce purebred specimens in optimal physical form. They simply do not have the knowledge and skills to understand correct breeding techniques that other skilled breeders take years and years to learn.

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Importance of Breed Standards

Often, you can easily tell if a Shiba Inu is from a backyard breeder simply by it’s physical form. These Shiba Inus are normally much smaller or larger than breed standards. They may be disproportionate features in the head or body. Their coat colors and urajiro markings may also be out of standard. akc breed standards infographic Health Issues of Poorly Bred Shiba Inu Puppies What is of the most concern is that these Shiba Inus normally suffer more serious health issues than properly bred Shiba Inus. The most common maladies included eye issues such as glaucoma and cataracts as well as hip dysplasia and inflammation due to allergies.

Choose Reputable Shiba Inu Breeders

Reputable breeders that notice any health issues in their Shiba Inu’s will not continue breeding that certain lineage. So while it may be so tempting to get a Shiba Inu puppy at a lower cost, or even free it’s from friends or family, you should still avoid getting a puppy this route because the negatives drastically outweigh any positives.

First of all, you may be getting a Shiba Inu puppy that could have serious health issues that will be very expensive to treat in the future. Secondly, you are not supporting the betterment of the breed.

In fact, if your puppy comes from a puppy mill, you could actually be contributing to animal cruelty by giving money to puppy mills. Please do not go that route. It is better to save a life for free than pay to have dogs suffer unnecessarily.

Cost of Shiba Inu Puppies From Reputable Breeders in the United States

There are a number of factors that will affect the cost of Shiba Inu puppies. The main factor that determines the puppy cost is if the puppy is of show dog quality or normal pet home quality.

Show dog puppies cost considerably more because they come from an extremely good lineage and normally come with full AKC registration. Other factors that affect  Shiba Inu price include the sex of the puppy, and the coat colors. The red Shiba Inu puppies cost the most, while the cream Shiba Inu puppies cost the least.

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Pet home puppies are still of sound health but may not come from a winning show dog line. These puppies cost less because they can be purchased with limited registration instead of full AKC registration.

What’s the Difference Between Limited and Full AKC Registration?

Full AKC registration entitles the dog’s owner to breed the dog and receive proper papers for the dog’s litters. A limited registration is meant for dogs that are not intended to be bred, because the AKC will not give papers to any litters of the limited registration dog.

Limited registration is usually what most new Shiba Inu owners should get because it is more affordable and breeding subsequent Shiba Inu litters is not recommended for novices.

Other Factors Affecting Costs:

Female puppies are generally more expensive than male puppies. Also, since Shiba Inu litters are usually very small, supply and demand could affect puppy pricing.

Shiba Inu Price Range:

In general Shiba Inu puppies with limited registration from reputable breeders cost between $1400 – $2200. Full registration puppies cost between $2000 – $3500.

There are may other things to consider besides the just base Shiba Inu price.  If your breeder is in another state, you will also have to consider transportation costs. If you are in Alaska or Hawaii, the costs of transportation is even higher, especially to Hawaii due to quarantine costs.

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