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FAQ

by Rex Gaylord on 11/29/18



Thank you for your interest in our dogs.

 

Book an Appointment to visit our dogs in our home.  You may also Schedule a call with any questions.

 

Here are our most frequently asked questions (FAQ).  If we miss any of yours in our FAQ, please don’t hesitate to call us or email us with your additional question(s). 

 

Do you have any adult dogs or puppies available now and when will your next litter be born?

 

We expect a litter with Shake (red) and Guccifer 10.0 (black and tan) and hope we had a successful breeding 11/19/18.  Both Guccifer and Shake had all of their health testing completed per the Parent Club Health Testing Recommendations.  Approximate whelp date 1/18/2019.  Approximate go home date 3/28/2019

 

We are considering a litter with Ayumi when she comes into season this time, but we have not made up our mind on a sire for her.

 

We have a litter planned for Kimi Spring 2019 and we have selected her sire from outside our kennels.  We are very excited about this boy and will announce who he is if and when the mating takes place.

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We list our puppies on our AKC Marketplace and we have an active FaceBook page.


What is important to you when placing your puppies?  Just like you have to consider that you are making a 15 to 20-year commitment when you get a Shiba puppy, we commit to supporting every puppy for its lifetime.  Because of that, it’s important to us that where that puppy is placed is with a family we feel we can establish a long-term relationship.  It’s been our experience that people who are most involved and engaged early on for extended time, stay in touch with us best so we have pictures and updates and, in some cases, participate with us in conformation and dog sports.  
  • The personal relationship matters.  
  • We like you to stay engaged from the beginning of the process.
  • We like you to be watching the cameras, watching the spreadsheets and asking questions.
  • We like you to visit our dogs and visit the puppies before they go home.
  • We like to place our puppies close to home so we can evaluate our breeding program in person on occasion (Since we travel for dog shows close is a relative term).
Do you take deposits?  We keep a list, but we do not take deposits or commit to where they are going until both the homes and puppies have been evaluated.

How do you determine who the new homes are? We evaluate every puppy and every prospective home to determine the best match.  In the end, no matter how many prospective homes we have, the puppies go to the best home we can determine for that particular puppy.  

How do you evaluate the homes?  The first step in this evaluation process is to fill out this form located at http://shomaisou.com/Application_Form.html.  We keep a list, but we do not take deposits or commit to where they are going until both the homes and puppies have been evaluated.  Here is a nonexclusive list of the criteria we use (in addition to the information given in the details of the form).
  1. This is a commitment by us and by the prospective home of sometimes 20 years into the future care and well being of the puppy.  The new home needs to be somebody that stays in contact well, is stable and that we enjoy supporting.
  2. We look for people that are willing to learn, constantly are looking for new information about the care of this breed and is just as willing to share that knowledge with others.
  3. We look for people who have life skills that can be used later on in supporting the breed by being involved in organizations in support of the Shiba (Meetup groups, Shiba breed organizations or clubs, genetic or health research etc.)
  4. When practical, we go to the prospective home and look for potential issues.  It's also an opportunity to get to know the prospective home owner better.  If not practical to see home in person we like to do video calls and have them show us around.
  5. We contact other breeders, breed associates and veterinarians for validations.
  6. The final step we take is we use an online service to run a background check.  This assures us a person is who they say they are (we will not sell to puppy mills, pet shops or commercial breeders), live where they say they live and we don't see something that would cause us to not place a puppy in the home.
If you happen to be traveling to NE Ohio you should come visit our dogs (by appointment only). 


How do you evaluate the puppies?  We will not do the evaluation on the puppies until they are 7-8 weeks.  We use video and I consult with breeders in California, Oregon and Ohio for their unbiased opinions.  We review their markings, head shapes, temperaments, reach and angles, eye and ear shape and angles, and head to neck angles in relation to the shoulder and elbow alignment.  It’s not an exact science, only a good predictor based on observations at that age as to what they will develop into later.  We have to take into account the lines involved and how fast they mature.  Everybody gives their opinion and then I decide on the type of placement the puppy should go to (Show/Breeding home, Dog Sports home, Companion home).  Then at 10 weeks I take them to my vet for health certificate and to discover any underlying health issues we need to consider when placing them in a new home.  They will go to their new homes after 10 weeks old.  Occasionally we will keep one or more to grow them up to 6 months or more to evaluate the breeding and/or to reevaluate the puppy.

Can you tell me about your current dam(s) and sire(s)?  We feature our sires and dams here.

Do you or will you ship your dogs? No, we do not ship dogs.  I must confirm that they are going to a good home and not a commercial breeder or puppy mill.  I have delivered them in person for the cost of my round-trip ticket.  I fly the puppy in the passenger compartment, not cargo.

Will you provide references? Yes, I am happy to provide references to serious homes for our dogs.  I will provide my breeders and mentors; other co-breeders I have shown with or conducted business with and happy companion and dog sports homes.  I prefer to ask permission from them each time I plan to use them as a reference, so just ask me for the names.

I am ready for my new dog or puppy now and don’t want to wait.  Who do you recommend?  Contact us, we can help you with a reputable breeder.

How many dogs do you have onsite?  We have six (4) dogs and no other pets.  Two (2) adult females, two (2) adult males (1 is neutered).  

We are slowly learning how to be a better breeder through co-ownership, so some of our boys have been moved out to other homes and we co-own some of our girls. Currently we own or co-own twelve (12) dogs.  Six (6) males (1 neutered) and six (6) females (2 spay).  We own 100% of the breeding rights of both the boys and girls even if they are co-owned.  The ones listed below are considered a part of our current or future breeding program.

[Males] *active
CH Gaylord's Aka Baron Ace (OH)
Gaylord's Guccifer 10.0 Sho Mai Sou CA BCAT (OH)
CH Gaylord's Mighty Mo Gunner CA BCAT (OH)
Jiro III (IL)
CH Morningstar Star-Lord Son Of Shishigen Aka Kolo CA (OH)
[Females]
Gaylord's Ayumi Walks This Way (OH)
Gaylord's Michi BB Shomaisou (WV)
CH Gaylord's Shake It Off Sho Mai Sou (OH)
GCH CH Morningstar-Gaylord No Kinshu Go Sho Mai Sou OH)

What about health checks?  Which ones do you do?  We breed for health, structure, temperament and strive to preserve and improve the original Japanese breed. It is very important to us and we only breed if we are sure it will be for the betterment of the breed.  We check hips, eyes, patella, elbows and more when they are old enough to get those checks performed and certifications obtained.  There are links to all our dogs that include to the most current status of their health checks posted on the OFA site.  Here is an example to our most recent, Guccifer.  Our contract will also specify exactly what health checks have been performed.  Please note that hips can’t be certified until they are at least 2 years of age.   If we choose to breed before that age, we check that the parents and grandparents are clear first and will do a preliminary x-ray.  When a puppy goes to a new home after 8 weeks of age, they have their first parvo/distemper booster and will have been examined by a licensed veterinarian.  Assuming that the puppy goes home at 8 to 10 weeks, the rest of the shots are the responsibility of the new home.  By Our Contract we require that the new home vaccinate according to the most recent publication of Dr. Jean Dodds' Vaccination Protocol for Dogs.

Do you have supporting reasons for following a vaccination protocol?  Yes, many but sometimes a video is an easier way to show this.  Watch this video from Planet Paws.  The next video comes with a WARNING!!!  This video is disturbing and heartbreaking to watch.  The puppy was placed by my breeder with a show home that gave the vaccination too close together and too many at the same time.  This is a recording of the resulting champing fits.

Do you have a contract and if you do, what is in your contract?  We have a contract template we follow, but each puppy contract is customized to the mutual needs of the puppy, the buyer and us.  Our template is setup to be used for four (3) different types of transactions.  The first type is for a puppy going to its forever pet home and/or intends to participate in dog sports (Companion/Dog Sports Contract/Limited AKC Registration).  The 2nd type is for a puppy going to a person who intends to show and/or breed it eventually (Show Prospect/Full AKC Registration).  3rd type is for somebody that is showing the dog but needs some mentoring or a partnership with conformation (Co-owned Show Prospect/Full AKC Registration).  Basically, we agree to mentor or partnership and pay it forward to the breed and to future of showing dogs.  We believe that all misunderstandings can be avoided with a solid contract that is fully understood by all parties involved and we avoid any verbal agreements before or after the fact.  

Under the Companion/Dog Sports Contract/Limited AKC Registration, I noticed that you specify that the dog should be spay or neutered by 2 years.  Is it okay to have this done sooner?  There is debate concerning the correct age to have this procedure done.  Since quite often my puppy owners may get involved in dog sports and more importantly decide to take their puppy into the show ring and I change the registration over to full registration, so they can show, I allow time for this.  If the animal is sold as Companion/Dog Sports Contract and the buyer wants to spay or neuter before 2 years, we have no issue with that.  The Companion/Dog Sports Contract will allow the new home to delay the spay/neuter or allow for alternative sterilizing that would not inhibit the closing of growth plates and proper muscling that is needed for animals that will be participating in dog sports such as, but not limited to agility.  If you have some clear research when an animal should or should not be sterilized, I would be interested in seeing that information for future reference and contracts.
Does spay or neuter change how often or how much a Shiba will shed?  I researched this question and I found very little about it.  I don’t have spayed females, but I know that my neutered male blows his coat just like everybody else.

Do you microchip your dog’s/puppies?  Shiba’s, because of their independent nature and tendency for unreliable recall off leash, it’s is imperative that they be properly microchipped.  We send our puppies home with an ISO standard microchip free of charge.  If the chip has not yet been inserted when they go home, your veterinarian can do that for you on their first wellness exam after you take it home.  I do this because I take my responsibility seriously when bringing new puppies into this world.  I never want one of my dogs to end up euthanized in a shelter or to end up in rescue; so I require that I be listed as an alternative contact on at least one (1) Microchip Registrants.  I like HomeAgain, and personally use AKC Reunite, but there are many to choose from.

How are your puppies socialized?  We raise the puppies as regular members of our household inside our home.  They have a dedicated puppy area, but as soon as practical are exposed to the adult dogs in our household.  The puppy area is within eyesight of our home office where somebody is almost 1548 Lancaster Drive always home to interact with them.  In the event that nobody is home, they are constantly monitored on video/audio cameras.  The Shiba is a very clean animal and so it’s a very easy process to have them trained to relieve themselves outdoors and they are kept very clean. Since we no longer have children at home, we encourage visits to our home by adults with young children as often as practical.

How much do your dog’s cost and do you take payments?  As a breeder, I should caution you that if this is the first question you ask, it is looked upon as a possible red flag that you might not be the best home for the breeder’s puppy and do not take payments.  With that said, I know cost of the puppy is factor that must be considered by you.  The price of the puppy is determined by the type of contract they are placed under.

For more information about pricing you should schedule a consultation.








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Stay Engaged With ShoMaiSou If You Want Our Puppies

by Rex Gaylord on 10/04/18

We plan to shutdown this blog and utilize our FaceBook DogSite as our blog while we build a new website for ShoMaiSou.  

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) List

We highly encourage you to get to know us if you want one of our puppies or older dogs to go to your home.  We don't let our puppies go to a stranger.  You can do that through FaceBook on our DogSite and our PersonalSite.   If you would like to book a time for a first phone consult or to come visit our dogs at our home, you can book that here.  Book a phone or kennel visit

All content on current website should be considered up to date (except older blogs).  If you find outdated info about our dogs on our website please let us know.

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Update on next two (2) planned litters at ShoMaiSou (Show - My - Soo)

by Rex Gaylord on 07/25/18

Thank you for your interest in our dogs.  We welcome and encourage visits to our dogs.  We both work full time and we actively show and engage our dogs in other activities, so we have to schedule your phone consults and visits to our home.  You can easily do that online Here.  

 

Please review our FAQ for questions asked in the past that may be of interest to you.  If you have not done so already, follow the link to my puppy form on my website (Not the same link as my AKC Market Place site) to submit your interest in upcoming litters.  This is the preliminary info we use to determine new homes for our puppies.  What is important to us when placing our puppies?

   

We are planning a Fall 2018 litter with Shake (red) and Guccifer 10.0 (black and tan).  Shake has all of her health testing completed. Guccifer only has a preliminary x-ray for hips and elbows. He turns two (2) on 9/30/18 at which time he can get his final x-ray and certification with OFA.  His eyes and patella's are good per the Parent Club Health Testing Recommendations.  Approximate whelp date November.

 

We have a litter planned for Kimi Winter 2018 and we have selected her sire from outside our kennels.  We are very excited about this boy and will announce who he is if and when the mating takes place.

 

Just like you have to consider that you are making a 15 to 20-year commitment when you get a Shiba puppy, we commit to supporting every puppy for its lifetime.  Because of that, it’s important to us that where that puppy is placed with a family we feel we can establish a long-term relationship.  It’s been our experience that people who are most involved and engaged early on, stay in touch with us best so we have pictures and updates and in some cases, participate with us in conformation and dog sports.   The personal relationship matters to us.  We like you to stay engaged from the beginning of the process.  We like you to be watching the cameras, watching the spreadsheets and asking questions.  We like you to visit our dogs and visit the puppies before they go home.  We like to place our puppies close to home so we can evaluate our breeding program in person on occasion (Since we travel for dog shows, close is a relative term).

 

We love this breed, so do not feel like you need to get a puppy from us.  As a steward to of the breed, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right puppy even if it is not one of ours.  Let us know if you have any questions or we can help you with your search for the right Shiba.

 

Thank you,

 

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Star-Lord Kani Litter Arrived!

by Rex Gaylord on 05/14/18

We welcome and encourage visits to our dogs at our home.  We both have full-time jobs, attend dog shows and participate in dog sports.  Our availability for visit to our home can be found here.  You are welcome to call our home, but we recommend you pick a time from here for a call and we can do a FaceTime, Facebook Video, Skype call or just a plain old phone call as you choose and answer any question you may have.  As members of the National Shiba Club of America and part of our agreement to be on the breeders directory we are stewards of the breed and will answer any questions we know the answers to and point you to other breeders who may be more appropriate for what you are looking for.

Thank you for your interest in our dogs.  Please review our FAQ for questions asked in the past that may be of interest to you.  If you have not done so already, follow the link to my puppy form on my website (Not the same link as my AKC Market Place site to submit your interest in upcoming litters.  This is the preliminary info we use to determine new homes for our puppies

Star-Lord has been with us since he was a puppy and came from a breeder in Oregon.  

Our Kani (red) and Star-Lord (red) litter was born May 5th and there will be 2 boys available to companion / dog sports homes.

You can keep track of them on the webcams below and we encourage you to follow the puppies growth progress on the online spreadsheet.

Login as guest with password as guest (Inside)

Login as guest with password as guest (Outside when they get older)

Foscam Pro is a paid app, but is great for controlling cameras on mobile. 

Here is the link for (iPhone and iPad) Foscam Pro
Here is the link to free OWLR for Android and iOS Devices

Track their daily growth and events on the live spreadsheet and see their stats, names and other events HERE.

We welcome and encourage visits to our dogs, so feel free to make an appointment to come over and meet them Here.  

We love this breed, so do not feel like you need to get a puppy from us.  As a steward to of the breed, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right puppy even if it is not one of ours.  Let us know if you have any questions or we can help you with your search for the right Shiba.  Schedule a time to talk here.

Rex Gaylord


Star-Lord X Kani Foxtrot Litter 3 show on x-ray

by Rex Gaylord on 04/27/18


Thank you for your interest in our dogs.  Please review our FAQ for questions asked in the past that may be of interest to you.  If you have not done so already, follow the link to my puppy form on my website (Not the same link as my AKC Market Place site to submit your interest in upcoming litters.  This is the preliminary info we use to determine new homes for our puppies.

This will be Kani's first litter at our home. She has lived with us for over a year and is a very sweet girl. Kani lived most of her life in Oregon and this is the last litter she will have.  After this litter she will be available to her forever home.  

On April 27th her x-ray showed she will be whelping three (3) puppies.


Star-Lord has been with us since he was a puppy and came from a breeder in Oregon.  

After the puppies are born you can keep track of them on the webcams below and we encourage you to follow Kani's pregnancy and the puppies growth progress on the online spreadsheet.

Login as guest with password as guest (Inside)

Login as guest with password as guest (Outside when they get older)

Login as operator with password as operator (Outside when they get older.  Since this is an operator account feel free to move the cam around to find where the puppies or older dogs are at when they are outside). This cam is on edge of our wireless and I am in process of hard wiring it in for better connection.

(If you get "Incorrect User or Password" the account is not turned on yet.  Accounts won't be turned on until a few days before the puppies will be born)

Foscam Pro is a paid app, but is great for controlling cameras on mobile. 

Here is the link for (iPhone and iPad) Foscam Pro
Here is the link to free OWLR for Android and iOS Devices

Track their daily growth and events on the live spreadsheet and see their stats, names and other events HERE.  Alternate link if first one is down is HERE.

We welcome and encourage visits to our dogs, so feel free to make an appointment to come over and meet them Here.  

We love this breed, so do not feel like you need to get a puppy from us.  As a steward to of the breed, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right puppy even if it is not one of ours.  Let us know if you have any questions or we can help you with your search for the right Shiba.

Rex Gaylord


Gaylord's Guccifer 10.0 Sho Mai Sou BCAT!!!

by Rex Gaylord on 04/17/18

Gucci BCAT!!!
Gaylord's Guccifer 10.0 Sho Mai Sou is now Gaylord's Guccifer 10.0 Sho Mai Sou BCAT!!! Gucci went into the Fast Cat competition this morning only needing 10 more of the 150 points for his title and easily knocked it out with a time of 8. 31 (24.61mph) for a quick 37 points out of the gate this morning. His second run was a bit slower at 8.79. Thanks Rich and Raquel Russell for your help today and look forward to another great run tomorrow. Great seeing Dan Groth and Karen Groth and Cheryl Overby and Mark Smyers and Norma Hornung. Shibas Rock!!!

Star-Lord X Kani Foxtrot Litter in May

by Rex Gaylord on 04/01/18


Thank you for your interest in our dogs.  Please review our FAQ for questions asked in the past that may be of interest to you.  If you have not done so already, follow the link to my puppy form on my website (Not the same link as my AKC Market Place site to submit your interest in upcoming litters.  This is the preliminary info we use to determine new homes for our puppies.

This will be Kani's first litter at our house, but the last litter she will have.  She has lived with us for over a year and is a very sweet girl.  After this litter she will be spay and will be available for her forever home.


Star-Lord has been with us since he was a puppy and came from a breeder in Oregon.  

After the puppies are born you can keep track of them on the webcams below and encourage you to follow Kani's pregnancy and the puppies growth on the online spreadsheet.

(Logins below won't work until close to whelp time)
Login as guest with password as guest (Inside)

Login as guest with password as guest (Outside when they get older)

Login as operator with password as operator (Outside when they get older.  Since this is an operator account feel free to move the cam around to find where the puppies or older dogs are at when they are outside). This cam is on edge of our wireless and I am in process of hard wiring it in for better connection.

(If you get "Incorrect User or Password" the account is not turned on yet.  Accounts won't be turned on until a few days before the puppies will be born)

Foscam Pro is a paid app, but is great for controlling cameras on mobile. 

Here is the link for (iPhone and iPad) Foscam Pro
Here is the link to free OWLR for Android and iOS Devices

Track their daily growth and events on the live spreadsheet and see their stats, names and other events HERE.  Alternate link if first one is down is HERE.

We welcome and encourage visits to our dogs, so feel free to make an appointment to come over and meet them Here.  

We love this breed, so do not feel like you need to get a puppy from us.  As a steward to of the breed, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right puppy even if it is not one of ours.  Let us know if you have any questions or we can help you with your search for the right Shiba.

Rex Gaylord


Spring 2018

by Rex Gaylord on 02/28/18

Thank you for your interest in our dogs.  Please review our FAQ for questions asked in the past that may be of interest to you.  If you have not done so already, follow the link to my puppy form on my website (Not the same link as my AKC Market Place site to submit your interest in upcoming litters.  This is the preliminary info we use to determine new homes for our puppies.

We welcome and encourage visits to our dogs, so feel free to make an appointment to come over and meet them Here.  

We love this breed, so do not feel like you need to get a puppy from us.  As a steward to of the breed, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the right puppy even if it is not one of ours.  Let us know if you have any questions or we can help you with your search for the right Shiba.

Rex Gaylord


We are now on Yelp!

by Rex Gaylord on 09/28/17

Star-Lord X Kimi Charlie Litter and Star-Lord X Shiho Golf Litter

by Rex Gaylord on 02/22/17

The Star-Lord X Kimi Charlie Litter is due April 23, 2017.  We will determine number she will whelp by x-ray on April 17th.  The puppies will be ready for new homes around June 17th.

The Star-Lord X Shiho Golf Litter was born May 6th, 2017.  The puppies will be evaluated last week of June and ready for new homes around July 1st.  This is the last litter for Shiho and this very sweet girl is looking for a good companion home on spay/neuter contract in late June.





If you are interested in this litter, please fill out Application Here