So, you’ve made your decision about adding a Shiba Inu to your household and family because you’ve absolutely fallen in love with this dog breed? Awesome! What’s not to love about Shiba Inus, anyway?
However, and before you go out there, put pen to paper and actually buy yourself a Shiba Inu, you must first be in the know about how much Shiba Inus cost – regardless of whether we’re talking about the cost of a Shiba Inu dog or the cost of a Shiba Inu puppy.
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How Much Are Shiba Inu Puppies? Shiba Inu Puppy Price Range
As a general rule of thumb, most reputable dog breeders are selling Shiba Inu puppies at a price of anywhere between 1300$ to 2300$.
So, always keep this Shiba Inu puppy price range in mind before you put pen to paper with any breeder out there, because if they give you a price that’s out of this range (whether significantly less or significantly higher), you know that something’s fishy.
Back in the day and before Shiba Inus became such a popular and in demand dog breed, you could get yourself a little Shiba Inu puppy for the cost of anywhere between 600$ to 800$.
However, and as the years went by and this breed skyrocketed in popularity and demand ever since, the price of Shiba Inus also skyrocketed as well.
The price of Shiba Inu puppies can even go all the way up to 4000$ at times, depending on how reputable the breeder you’re buying this puppy from is, differences in registrations between breeders and whether or not the puppy is deemed to be “show quality”.
How To Make Sure You’re Getting True Value For The Cost Spent On A Shiba Inu
When spending this amount of money on a Shiba Inu puppy, you must make sure beforehand that you’re getting real value for the cost you’re paying and aren’t being cheated out of your money – which, by the way, happens more often than one would think it does.
To be able to make absolute sure that you’re getting your money’s worth on the price you pay for your Shiba Inu puppy, you must do your due diligence beforehand and be positive that the dog breeder you’re doing business with follows ethical practices in their work.
To give you an idea of how you can ensure that the Shiba Inu breeder you’re buying your Shiba Inu puppy from is an ethical breeder, they should be able to provide you (upon your request) with proof that the puppy you’re buying is a Shiba Inu purebred, as well as proof that their health is on point and they don’t suffer from hidden problems that will make themselves apparent later on in life.
So, be very careful on who you give your money to for a Shiba Inu puppy, especially if you’re sending money to someone online who claims to be “the real deal”.
Don’t be afraid to ask about your breeder’s credentials if you don’t have any previous experience with them and/or haven’t heard about them from anyone in your circle of contacts before, look them up and see if they’re part of any legitimate breeder directory/directories, etc ..
A good rule of thumb you should also keep in mind at all times is that a high quality breeder will be just as interested in making sure that they’re selling their Shiba Inu puppy to the right person who will be able to provide them with all the care and resources they need to lead a happy, healthy life.
Adopting VS Buying A Shiba Inu
Before we draw this article to a close, a quick note must be made about adopting VS buying a Shiba Inu for anyone who’s currently in the market for one.
We’re strong advocates of adopting dogs that have been rescued by shelters and need themselves a new home in order to open up some much needed space in that shelter for other homeless dogs out there who need to be rescued as well, and strongly plead that you do the same by following the “adopt, don’t shop” motto we truly hold to heart.
Of course and in reality, this isn’t always going to be a possibility for everyone out there, especially when it comes to individuals specifically looking to buy Shiba Inu puppies to raise them from a very young age.
No Matter The Shiba Inu Cost, Never A Puppy Mill
If you’re adamant on buying a Shiba Inu puppy and not adopting a Shiba Inu rescue from a shelter, then that’s up to you and there’s nothing morally wrong about that – on condition, though, that you aren’t buying your Shiba Inu puppy from a puppy mill.
Even if you were offered a Shiba Inu puppy at a greatly discounted price from a puppy mill, you should never ever do business with such people due to the unethical practices they follow and horrible ways these puppies are treated and abused.