We are extremely excited to announce that our fall litters have arrived.
Thank you for considering Satika Kennels for your next Shiba Inu puppy.
Our puppies are bred with just one focus in mind: To produce the greatest Shiba Inu ever!
How do we gauge or grade our breeding efforts?
By showing our dogs in CKC and AKC sponsored confirmation shows. By achieving the highest levels of championships on our Shiba inus, we know that we are succeeding in breeding quality animals that exceed the breed standard and are excellent examples of the Shiba Inu breed.
Our focus is producing puppies that have show potential. We assess the litter at eight weeks of age and decide which pups meet the strict specifications to be show dogs. Our intent is to keep at least one puppy out of every litter to develop that potential, but sometimes we have more that one puppy with great aptitude and when that happens, our owners are asked if they would like to enter into a show agreement.
- What is a show agreement?
A show agreement is considered when an prospective owner is open to allowing the puppy to be shown by us so that the puppy can achieve their Canadian championship. The agreement allows us to compete with the puppy at local conformation shows on specific weekends. The puppy is yours and you would pay for and take possession of him or her at approximately nine weeks of age. The puppy grows and learns all of the normal things that puppies do and then when the puppy is six months old we reassess the puppy’s qualities to see if they still have show potential. If ( and this is a big IF) they do, then we start to look at local show dates and times to see which ones fit our mutual schedules. Most of the time (pre COVID) the puppy would finish their championship requirements before one year of age. All costs associated with the conformation shows are covered by us and when the dog finishes their championship title, the dog is altered and is solely your companion. We enter into these contracts for a few reasons; the owner gets to raise, train and bond with the puppy from 9 weeks on and it allows more puppies to be available for companion ownership (if we don’t have owners who are interested in this type of agreement then we keep the puppy ourselves), it is not intrusive for the owner and most owners love to see their dog competing and achieving their Canadian championship.
2. In the puppy’s contract, it states that all puppies should be a year of age before altering, Why?
Although the puppy is sexually mature around seven to nine months ( and your vet may recommend this as an adequate age to spay or neuter your pup, new studies show that animals that stay intact until physical maturity are healthier and more structurally sound.
3. What do you look for when considering individuals as owners?
What we look for in all of our owners? dedication, knowledge and trust. We need to know that you are dedicated to raising a healthy, happy and well socialized pup. That you are knowledgeable enough to give the puppy a lifetime of training so that the puppy will have a long and wonderful life. We are entrusting you with a puppy that we have invested a lot of emotion, time and resources in – from selecting just the right sire and dam to ensuring the puppy has had every advantage from food to socializing prior to leaving us.
4. What type of food do you recommend?
We feed a combination of raw, cooked, and high quality kibble, and feel this is the best we can offer. Note: RAW bones only, cooked bones splinter and can kill your pet!
RAW: chicken parts (necks & backs) are given whole, starting at 4 weeks – not that they get much down, but they lick and start using those little teeth for more than chewing on us humans! Lamb bones are much loved. I do not recommend beef, as Asian breeds do not have the digestive enzymes to break this down. I do however give the dogs RAW large beef soup bones – safer than Greenies, rawhides, or pig ears/hooves.
KIBBLE: We feed and recommend Proplan,Fromm and Petcurean brands (producers of GO, NOW and Summit) Several varieties are available, most recently “with grain” which I prefer as that includes rice, which is an historical food source for Shibas. These brands are not sold in grocery stores, but in pet food stores and some feed stores. I do believe that the high volume of potatoes/sweet potatoes/lentils being used in dry foods is NOT good for Shibas.