National Shiba Club of America

NSCA Breeder Legend



Breeders using this designation certify that their breeding stock has been x-rayed, and certified by either the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) or PennHip . For OFA certifications, breeders agree to use Shibas with a rating of "Fair" or better in all their breeding programs. Those utilizing the PennHip method only breed Shibas with "Better than Average" ratings.


Breeders using this designation use Shibas that have had eyes cleared of any hereditary defects by a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) or if a foreign breeder, by the appropriate counterpart in his country. Many breeders also register this verification with the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF). Breeders have agreed to do this examination at least once every two years for this designation.


Breeders, who use this designation, certify that breeding Shibas have been checked and rated normal for patellae (knees) by a licensed veterinarian.


Puppies available occasionally. Seldom do breeders have puppies just sitting around waiting for adoption. You should know that you might need to put a deposit on a planned, upcoming litter. If feasible, it is best to visit more than one breeder prior to putting down a deposit.


Adults available occasionally. Sometimes there is that "show prospect" that a breeder keeps for their own, that for one reason or other doesn't quite meet the breeder's high standards for a show pup, and they may wish to place them. Or a breeder has a finished champion Shiba that would be best suited in a new home where they could become the center of attention. Generally speaking, these are Shibas from 1-6 years of age. In both cases these Shibas are usually well trained, housebroken, and make exceptional companions.


Stud service available to approved Shiba bitches


Rescue Shibas available occasionally


All adoptions are done by written placement agreement signed by breeder and purchaser


Breeders using this designation agree to provide a health guarantee for all placements. Any known health defects are disclosed in writing prior to sale or placement


Breeders using this designation indicate that they do exhibit their Shibas occasionally (or use Professional Handlers) in Conformation, to receive AKC Championship status on their breeding stock


Breeders using this designation occasionally exhibit their Shibas in AKC shows of obedience, agility, canine good citizen, etc.