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Responsible ethical breeder - Kodawari Shiba Inu Kennel Estonia

Kodawari Shiba Inu Kennel

We are a small scale breeder of Shiba Inu, located in Suurupi, Harjumaa, Estonia.  Our kennel name Kodawari was approved by FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) and EKU (Estonian Kennel Union) in June  2020. Our kennel is also a member of Nippo (Nihon Ken Hozonkai). Kodawari can be translated from japanese as “the uncompromising pursuit of perfection”. 

Our mission is to protect, preserve and promote the ancient Shiba breed. We aim to breed as close to the origin as possible, and wish our dogs to meet the breed standard in terms of temperament, exterior and health. We want to breed self confident dogs with physical and mental qualities needed to meet the breed’s origins. We do our utmost to achieve this. 

Our breeding is based on long-term goals and we breed only individuals and combinations we believe would give the types of dog we would own ourself. Different quality assessments are used as a basis for breeding: exterior judgments at dog shows and health controls (e.g. HD/ED x-ray, DNA-tests, eye examination etc).  Our goal is to preserve and strengthen the good qualities and improve what could be better. We value our dogs´ safety and wellbeing. All of our dogs are treated with respect.

We expect that puppy buyers invest their time and energy to get a well behaving and balanced dog. Dogs need rules to be established, as well as positive learning.


A breeder is not a person who uses any male dog of the same breed to breed his female dog in order to produce puppies that are in demand on the market.

We have defined for ourselves following breeding standards:


All dogs used for breeding are at least the show champions of their home country and have undergone following health examinations:

  • Hip dysplasia (HD) - required result A, B or C

    • Dogs with results ?/C, C/? or C/C can be mated only with dogs A/A​

  • Elbow dysplasia (ED) - required result 0 or 1

    • ​Dogs with results 0/1, 1/0 or 1/1 can be mated with 0/0 only

  • Patella - required result 0 or 1

    • Dogs 0/1, 1/0 või 1/1can be mated  with 0/0 only

  • ​Eye examinations (PRA, HC, RD) - required result "clear"

  • HD, ED, Patella and eye examinations must be performed and approved in accordance with requirements of FCI (World Canine Organization) by official veterinarians appointed by local cynology union

  • DNA test Degenerative Myelopathy(DM) - required result N/N

  • DNA test Gangliosidosis (GM1) - required result N/N

  • Same combination of parents can be used for no more than 3 litters

Our requirements to buyers:

  • complete understanding of the responsibility of owning a dog (for ~ 15 years)

  • ensuring our puppies a loving and caring home

  • ensuring dogs safety and wellbeing

  • investing enough time and energy for dog development

  • providing necessary physical and mental trainings - attending at puppy courses and further trainings

  • socializing dog with people and other animals

  • ensuring veterinary care and required vaccinations

  • ability to provide a quality food 

  • opportunity to dedicate extra time and attention to puppy in the beginning

  • puppy can not be left alone for longer time for the next couple of months

When you buy a puppy from us, you will always get:

  • Dog care instructions

  • Pedigree and registration papers from Estonian Kennel Union

  • EU Veterinary Passport 

  • Purchase contract

  • Puppy has been microchipped for identification

  • Puppy has been dewormed and vaccinated according to age and recommendations

  • Puppy food for couple of weeks

  • Lifetime support from us

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