Kihaku Shibas: Who we are and why we are

Saphira and Mashi

We at Kihaku Shibas, have a dream. We dream of helping to shape this magnificant treasure of a breed into a more understood and valued companion. Through proper breeding, training, and love, we strive to help this breed thrive in our home and the homes of anyone who has a dog we have touched. We believe that its not just about breeding a great dog but about the responsibility and companionship these dogs bring. With a wise mind and masterful wit they carve a spot in each life they touch. These dogs don't just warm your heart but impact your very soul. Finally, we don't believe that Shiba Inus are something just to be looked at like a piece of artwork. Shiba minds need to be challenged. Through proper training and a bit of patientice a Shiba can train to do almost anything.

All of our Shibas are trained in various sports including conformation, obedience, rally, lure coursing, and agility. And a very special few of our dogs are even training to serve a greater cause in Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities.

If you have any questions about the breed, our dogs, our training, or anything Shiba, feel free to contact us anytime.

Mashi Earns His AKC CD Title!

Updated: January 27, 2012

Today Mashi earned his AKC Companion Dog Title (CD) at the York County Obedience Trial in Red Lion PA. He is one of only ~120 shibas to do so.

Mashi Attends the All Star Obedience, Rally, and Agility Championships

Updated: August 6th, 2010

Have much hard work and determination, Mashi earned the scores for him to attend the All Star Obedience, Rally, and Agility Championships. We are very exctied and can't wait to see how we do. Go Kihaku!

Mashi Earns his ASCA CD!!!

Updated: December 13, 2009

With scores in the 190s and all first places, Mashi has earned his ASCA-CD! Our first obedience title. Go Mashi!

Ginger Home to Stay!!!

Updated: November 26, 2009

Ginger, our previous foster dog from NYC Shiba Rescue is home to stay. Fostered on and off by us, she came home and was offically adopted in October. She is now the elder of the house at 8 years old and tries to run the place like the queen she feels she is. She is a lovely dog and we hope to prove that no dog is to old to learn, have fun, and perhaps one day, compete. Look for more updates here and on our dog page.

Saphira Takes HIT Rally!!!

Updated: September 21, 2009

Saphira took High in Trial in Rally Obedience at the National Shiba Club of America's Companion Events Trial with a perfect 100 in Rally Novice! This was her first time in the Rally ring and we are very proud of her. We are sure she will get her RN in just 2 more shows but we are taking our time and enjoying therapy work for the time being. At the same show Mashi took 4th place in Rally Advance. Go Kihaku!

Mashi Earns RN Title!!

Updated: March 22, 2009
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Innisfree Mashigura of Kihaku RN "Mashi" earned his Rally Novice title at the Non-Sporting Group Show in Edison NJ on March 19 with a third place score of 96! Go Mashi! He earned his three legs in three shows with a first place win on his second leg. He loves the training, loves competing and will go far. We are very very proud. Look for Mashi competing in Rally Advanced and Obedience Novice this Summer.

Saphira - Certified Therapy Dog!

Updated: March 15, 2009

Saphira is now a certifed therapy dog with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Inc. We are very proud of her and the hard work she will be starting very soon..


  • President of the Shiba Club of Greater New York
  • Member of the National Shiba Club of America
  • Former Animal Welfare Director and Behavioral Rehabilitator for NYC Shiba Rescue
  • Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs Therapy Dog Evaluator, & Dog and Handler Team
  • Dog and Handler Team with Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed
  • Certified Whistle Recall Instructor
  • AKC CGC & S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator
  • Dog Training Instructor for Wags and Whiskers 4H Club in Somerset NJ
  • Education Director for the Frenchtown Riverdogs
  • Red Cross Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers