National Shiba Club of America

NSCA Membership Application Info 

Thank you for your interest in the National Shiba Club of America Inc. We encourage anyone who owns, or is interested in owning, a Shiba Inu to join. Club membership keeps you informed and we request that our members participate in the preservation, ownership, training, and responsible breeding of these wonderful canines.

NSCA membership benefits are:
Free subscription to the Shiba E-News magazine
Shiba-E-News newsletter
Registry of Merit
AKC Electronic Stud Book Register

To prospective members: All applicants are required to read and agree to abide by the Club’s Constitution & Bylaws and Code of Ethics, as well as the AKC Code of Sportsmanship.

The application process takes up to three (3) months from the time the application is received until the applicant is notified of the disposition of their application into membership.

  • The Membership Chair receives the application, determines that it is in order, and then submits via the Corresponding Secretary to the Board for review.
  • The names of the pending applicants are then published in the Shiba E-News Bulletin for a 30-day review period by the membership. The board shall then consider any information submitted by members and may decide to postpone the voting on the application pending further investigation, or may vote upon the application at the next meeting, which is more than 30 days after publication. Applicants may be elected by secret ballot at an in-person meeting of the board of directors or by secret vote of the directors by written ballot.
  • Affirmative votes of 2/3 of the directors present at a meeting of the board, or of 2/3 of the entire board voting by mail shall be required to elect an applicant.
  • An application which has received a negative vote by the board may be presented by one of the applicant’s endorsers at the next Annual Meeting of the club and the individual members may elect such applicant by secret ballot and a favorable vote of 75% of the individual members present. Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the club may not re-apply within 12 months after such rejection. All fees shall be returned in the event of rejection. [NSCA 2015 C&BL Article I, Section 3]

In completing your application it is important that you furnish specific information regarding your experience, activities and involvement with the Shiba Inu or other dog breeds so that the Board of Directors can reach an appropriate decision under the standards of the Club regarding your admission as a member. Two (2) NSCA members in good standing and from separate households must complete the NSCA Member Endorsement section of the application.

Note: If either endorsement date is over six months old, the application will be returned for resubmission with current endorsements/dates. Applicant(s) must sign and date this application form and enclose the appropriate dues/fees. Send completed applications forms to the Membership Chair. Incomplete applications will result in the delay for consideration of membership.

Membership Types & Fees

Individual Membership is $30.00. Enjoys all club privileges which include the right to vote and hold office. It is for all persons 18 years of age or older living in the Unites States, its Territories, Possessions, or in active military service abroad.

Household Membership is $45.00. Two (2) adult individual members residing in the same household, each eligible to vote and hold office.

Foreign Membership is for those individuals 18 years of age or older who are not residents of the United States (or its territories and possessions). They shall not be entitled to vote and hold office. Canada & Mexico memberships are $40.00. Other foreign memberships are $55.00.

Junior Membership is Gratis. Open to children under 18 years of age; a non-voting/non office holding membership eligible to apply for individual membership at age 18.

Member Club Membership is $30.00. Open to all Shiba Inu clubs that meets requirements as indicated in the Constitution. May not hold office or serve on committees, but are entitled to 1 vote. [NSCA 2015 C&BL Article I, Section 1. f.]

Email Authorization Option

The National Shiba Club of America Inc. has adopted email communication, unless otherwise defined in the C&BL, as a method of notification for club meetings and other club notices which may include but are not limited to dues notices or reminders, judge selection, minutes, newsletters and surveys. This is to comply with AKC Club Relations Policy.

All members are required to sign an Authorization Form to activate email communication, to elect to receive only hard copy notifications via the US Postal Service or to choose not receive any notifications. Such authorization is revocable. The Club is released from any liability should notifications be received late or not received by a member or board member due to circumstances beyond the Club's control.

NSCA Membership Form

Mail Application to:

Judith Williamson, Membership Chair
P.O. Box 311
Keyport, WA 98345

Or email to: