4/6/21- WE AREN'T CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SHIBA INU PUPPY RESERVATIONS BEFORE THE NEXT LITTER IS BORN
SHIBA INU PUPPY DEPOSITS ARE 30% OF THE TOTAL PRICE (NOT INCLUDING SHIPPING, IF SHIPPING IS NEEDED).
For those who place deposits, choosing/picking out which puppy you want out of a litter is done when the Shiba Inu puppies are 5/6 weeks old.......in order deposits were received. Selecting is done via photos, videos, & our experienced observations about each of the puppies unique traits.
***Please also read our general policies @ the bottom of this page.
*OUR SHIBA INU PUPPIES COME WITH:
* AKC REGISTRATION
* 1ST SHOTS
The puppies will be all reds.
Onward Acres Farm is our family's private residence... it is NOT a public farm or kennel! If you are picking up your Shiba Inu puppy from us in Michigan (instead of shipping out of state), the transfer of the sold puppy to the buyer takes place at an agreed upon public location. This is for the bio-security, safety and privacy of our family, home & livestock. We provide plenty of honest photos of our beautiful setting here on our website so that anyone who buys a puppy from us can feel assured that their puppy comes from a top notch, clean setting.
OUR PUREBRED AKC REG. SHIBA INU PUPS DO NOT COME WITH A 'SMOKE & MIRRORS' CONTRACT FULL OF OBNOXIOUS REQUIREMENTS, NOR BOGUS GUARANTEES FROM US. OUR SHIBA INUS & GREAT PYRENEES GUARDIANS ARE MANAGED WITH OLD FASHIONED LOGICAL PURPOSE.
THEY ARE HARDY, HEALTHY AND HIGH QUALITY.
We can't sell our puppies with " 1 year year health guarantees". That is simply not possible to guarantee after the new owner has the puppy, period. Dogs can't stay healthy just because some useless paperwork said that they would. (DOGS ARE NOT APPLIANCES!). The only way a dog stays healthy is if the owner purposefully takes good care of them!
We have a lot of great health maintenance recommendations for folks who purchase one of our healthy gorgeous puppies. However, we're certainly not under the illusion that we can control the sold dog's life. Our dogs have all been raised to be healthy hearty farm dogs. Our Shiba Inu puppies come with appropriate shots, reg. papers & if being shipped, a vet health certificate. But once a puppy has left our care into the new owner's care, it is up to them to keep up & maintain the good health. ___________________________________________________
What About joint Tested Parent Shiba Inus?
We don't do that. Why? Well, first of all, testing everything is unnecessary. Secondly, do you know what a joints "certification" even is? Answer- it's just an x-ray score from ONE point in time. When a dog is around 2 years of age, it can go to the vet, have it's hips or knees (patella) x-rayed & the xrays are then sent to the certification board to score how good, fair or bad the joints are on that dog.... on that one day.
It says nothing about the genetics that the dog carries for good or bad, and it can't predict how the dog's joints will look in another month.
Years ago, we spent big $$$$ on a beautiful Shiba Inu female from O-F-A certified excellent AKC champion parents. We thought that is "what you're supposed to do". Well, at 10 months old, that bitch had wrecked knees (patellas). Were we mad at the breeder? No. But did we learn a lesson? YES. (note- because of that she was never used in our program).
You see, having 'joint certification' is fine, I mean, there isn't anything wrong with doing that. The problem is that it's just smoke & mirrors. It does not guarantee your dog or bloodline can't have problems. "Oooo...look, we have flashy certifications" that makes our bloodline trustworthy!". No, it doesn't. It is just an x-ray of some dog joints that at ONE point in time looked good. It doesn't guarantee that the dog's great aunt or great grandpa or uncle or sibling had perfect joints so the whole bloodline is guaranteed flawless, does it? That x-ray doesn't predict what the joints of the dog will look like in one month. Or 1 year, and so on and so on.
ANOTHER HUGE POINT:
When did people start thinking that dogs should be like shiny metal appliances with "guarantees", anyway? Do you know that ALL animals (and humans) are imperfect and may at one time or another have some kind of imperfection caused by being alive? I mean, seriously people!
In order to breed/cultivate REALISTICALLY UNPROBLEMATIC high quality dogs. we only breed dogs who are functionally sound, visually sound....dogs who remain athletic well into adulthood & hopefully their whole life. Look, we have never used a dog in our breeding program who has joint problems, HOWEVER, and this is REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW- no bloodline of dogs is 100% free of any issues. So theoretically, one of our Shibas in their old age or due to a surprise injury of some kind might develop a joint issue, and it wouldn't necessarily freak us out and make us feel obligated to send out a mass e-mail to every buyer we've ever sold to recalling all of our puppies as if they are a washing machine or cell phone with a faulty part that could cause it to explode and injure someone. Why? Because these are living breathing animals. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE LIVING ANIMALS WHO NEVER HAVE AN IMPERFECTION THEIR WHOLE LIFE. With age, wear & tear, any dog, no matter how scrupulous their bloodline has been managed, might have the capacity to have a joint or other health issue.
ALL THAT BEING SAID- SOME DOGS HAVE BEEN POORLY BRED AND ARE DISTINCTLY RIDDLED WITH JOINT PROBLEMS. AND THOSE LINES WITH A PROBLEMATIC THEME ARE TO BE AVOIDED.