Prairie Shibas is located on a ranch in SW Nebraska. We breed our dogs for the enjoyment and pleasure of producing healthy, happy, quality (to breed standard), Shiba Inus. Our puppies are socialized with children and animals, including cattle, cats and other dogs. Some of the facts you should know about us is that the care of our dogs, and our puppies come first at Prairie Shibas. We perform extensive health testing on our breeding stock. Health testing can be viewed at www.offa.org.
I have been an animal lover all of my life. My love of animals began with horses and in 1990 I became a barn manager for one of the Top Paint horse breeders in Washington for 5 years. Not liking the wet and wanting a dryer climate we moved to Nebraska, where my mother was born and raised. I was here 4 months and the local vet called me and wanted to know if I would like to work for him. Wow, how did he know what I did? Small area, word gets around was what my Aunt said. I have been with Western Plains Vet Service now since November 1998. I am retired now but still help out when they need me. We are proud to announce that as of April of 2021, I have achieved the AKC Breeder of Merit.
We came across our first Shiba in 2005. Maika was unlike any previous breed we had been familiar with. Her characteristics took owning a dog to another level. House training was not an effort. She was very intuitive and did not have any dog odor, shedding or blowing their coats only twice a year. We fell in love with the breed and decided to add a Shiba Inu male, Obi Wan Keobi. We felt this was a breed of dog we were willing to share with others. We bred and sold my paint horses but never bred and sold dogs, with my vet technician background, I felt I could go down this road. We only breed Shiba Inus. They are very unique and although not for everyone, it is difficult to own another breed once you’ve been owned by a Shiba. When we plan a breeding we have a specific goal in mind and often keep a puppy from the combination to further our line. Characteristics we choose are confidence-mental soundness, ideal Japanese Shiba Inu conformation, excellent coat quality/color and sound health. Pedigree is also closely studied prior to breeding to ensure the offspring are not in-bred. I have worked very hard to be able to own and improve my breeding dogs. Showing is new to me and with the help of friends and grandchildren, I enjoy showing and have 11 champion and 2 of them are Grand Champions. We will be adding new champions, hopefully each year.
Tiffany Walker is my daughter, in 2015 her son Casey Walker started showing with me. The more he showed the more it was obvious that the Walkers should get more involved with raising and showing the Shiba Inu's . They have 7 children and it helps to have many hands loving and socializing the puppies. They now have 3 Champions of their own, Prairie Walker's Scarlet Rose (Lettie), Prairie Walker Asia Sakuraso (Asia). Asia is their 1st Champion bred by Casey. Their 1st Grand Champion (shown by their daughter Natalie) is Prairie Walker's Paisley Reflection (Paisley). Natalie started showing in 2021 and has moved up into Open Juniors. The Walkers are a big help in taking care of the Shibas and I appreciate them so much.
The Sandbergs have been long time family friends. When the Shiba business took off many years ago, I realized that I needed helping hands. Paula and Chris Sandberg have 10 children that help socialize the puppies and show my adult dogs. Ellie and Abby Sandberg started showing with me in 2015, but the Sandbergs had started helping me even before then. Their involvement and showing success grew to where they now have 1 Champion, Prairie Sands Soyokaze for Millie (Millie). Eva Sandberg now has a great involvement in showing and is working with me to get our new dog's championships. The Sandbergs have been a big help over the years and I couldn't have done this without them.
Shiba Inu: The Shiba is the smallest of the Japanese native breeds of dog and was originally developed for hunting by sight and scent in the dense undergrowth of Japan's mountainous areas. A spirited boldness, a good nature, and an unaffected forthrightness, which together yield dignity and natural beauty. The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. We are not a puppy mill or backyard breeder. We hand raise, handle, and love our puppies every day and enjoy every minute we're with them.
Books I like that will help you understand and know more about the Shiba Inus. All can be bought off of Amazon.