We put a great deal of time and money into each litter we produce and every puppy we raise. Each puppy receives the same love, attention, and high standard of care regardless whether it is a show prospect or destined to be a companion only. All of our puppies come with the same health warranty and we put the same amount of effort into screening homes, making matches, and providing lifetime support to the new owner. Every puppy, great and small, is of equal value and importance to us.
Price Guide (November 2022)
The prices listed above are for puppies. Teenage and young adult prices may vary dramatically depending on the age of the dog and why the dog is being rehomed. Typically, older dogs are more than puppies because more work has been put into training, titling, and health testing them, and their temperament and character is less variable or uncertain. All puppies grow up, and breeders who charge more for younger animals are focused on profiting from selling a "cute puppy" instead of producing a quality lifelong companion.
It is very rare that we sell one of our retired adults but when we do, they are spayed or neutered and placed in a home where they can enjoy retirement as a beloved companion and house dog. Sometimes we may have one of our puppies returned to us later in life and need to find it a new family.
Receive $1,000 Back in Rebates
Effective November 2022, we are offering $1,000 in rebates for doing the "right stuff" with your new pup. That includes any kind of multi-week training class (eg. puppy kindergarten, scentwork, obedience), earning any kind of title or certification (eg. CGC, SPOT, trick dog, conformation champion), or doing any recommended health clearances for the breed and recording them with OFA (eg. eyes, hips, cardiac). We will pay up to $75 for each activity to encourage owners to do a variety of things in order to claim the full rebate amount. Litters born prior to November 2022 are subject to a lower total rebate amount.
Limited Registration: Pups sold with limited registration are also eligible for a rebate of up to $225 with proof of spay/neuter, provided that the dog is at least 24 months old at time (for males) or an ovary sparing spay is used (for females).
Show Prospect and Standard
We sell our show prospect puppies at the same price as our standard pups that are “just” family companions. The difference is in the application process and sales contract. We are very judicious in the way in which we screen applicants, but even more so when the buyer wants breedings rights for the dog. All buyers interested in showing and/or breeding must become members of the Japanese Akita Club of America and adhere to the JACA Code of Ethics. AKIHO or NIPPO membership is necessary in order to transfer the dog's Japanese pedigree to the owner's name, but the first year of membership is included with the sales agreement for show prospects. Only pups which conform to the breed standard may be sold as show prospects; all others will be sold with limited privileges only and require spay or neuter.
If a puppy was purchased with a show contract and develops one of the traits below by way of genetic inheritance by 30 months of age, we will give the buyer a $750 rebate upon receiving proof that the dog has been spayed or neutered. Alternatively, the owner may return the dog to us for a full refund. We may be able to offer a replacement show prospect but that is not always the case.
Non-Standard and Long Coat
A “non-standard” puppy has one or more traits which do not conform to the breed standard. Our breedings are chosen to produce a high average quality from very sound, confirmed parents, so the likelihood of any of these traits is extremely low. These dogs are disqualified from conformation shows and are only sold with a limited privilege contract that requires spay or neuter. Non-standard puppies are still loving pets who make excellent companions and family members. The traits which mark a puppy as non-standard affect the appearance but not the health or longevity of the individual. Note: With the exception of pinto markings and long coat, all of the traits below may take up to 12 months (30 months for height) to be determined conclusively.
- Butterfly nose: Pink and black spots or splotches on the nose.
- Cryptorchid: One or both testicles are not fully descended.
- Drop ears: One or both ears do not stand completely erect.
- Faulty bite: Extreme overbite, underbite, wry bite, or a snaggle tooth.
- Irregular height: Under minimum or above maximum height requirements.
Japanese Akita females must be 58 - 64 cm and males must be 64 - 70 cm.
Hokkaido females must be 42.5 - 48.5 cm and males must be 45.5 - 51.5 cm.
- Long coat: Exceptionally long fur that is soft and silky.
- Pinto markings: Full collar or any white on the torso or back knees.
- Sickle tail: Tail does not curl enough to touch the back. Akita only.