Excel Shu-Ku Akitas ...how can I get one?

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We require that all potential puppy buyers take a moment to request our questionnaire and return to the email address listed below.


Your answers will help us determine suitability of the breed for your family and also gives you an opportunity to tell us what qualities you prefer in a Akita. Once you have submitted your questionnaire we ask that you contact us for a phone interview. This "getting to know you" process helps us match the right puppy personalities with our buyers' lifestyles.

Select homes who have completed their phone interviews & we approve may then   reserve a puppy by placing a deposit. Homes who have placed deposits will be first in line for puppy placements.

RESERVATIONS/DEPOSITS- Prior to whelping an expected litter, we will accept a Non Refundable reservation fee IF your questionnaire has been approved & only then, on a first in, first available puppy of desired sex/quality. It is to your benefit to send in your non refundable deposit promptly if you choose to get an Excel Shu-Ku puppy. If, upon the litter's arrival, there are more than four puppies, we will once again open the reservation process. Please note that reservations for puppies are restricted to only those prospective buyers who have paid their reservation fee and have signed our Waiting/Reservation/Holding Agreement.(Deposit)

Should a breeding not produce your specified gender/quality (as indicated on our reservation agreement),  the reservation fee will be placed against the next available litter. Determinations on structure and temperament cannot be made until eight+ weeks of age. Priority on our reservation list will be given to established USA show/breeding homes over foreign show/breeding homes & companion/pet homes.

Show vs. Pet

At Excel Shu-Ku Akitas all of our dogs/puppies are ONLY placed in pre-approved lifetime homes only. Companions are placed on strict spay/neuter contracts-show potentials require a serious show commitment,  yes our contracts are strict, they were written with the best interest of the puppies/dogs in mind while also protecting both the breeder & the purchaser.

Puppies are either sold on a spay/neuter contract as wonderful companions not suitable for showing or on a co-ownership contract for showing/breeding prospects. All show/breeding prospects shall remain on a co-ownership basis until the owner has fulfilled provisions as stated in sales contract. Puppy may also need to be evaluated by the breeder at two years+ of age to determine suitability for breeding.

Full ownership may be considered for serious, experienced and proven Akita exhibitors.

Can I pick my own Puppy?

Our puppies are carefully evaluated for temperament and adherence to the breed standard. Due to our experience with Akitas and the time we have spent with each individual puppy, we feel that we are in the best position to decide which puppy best suits your family's needs. We request that all potential owners complete our Puppy Buyer's Questionnaire. Please contact us via email for your copy.

Why We Choose Your Puppy

Whether sold as a “pet“ or as a “show/breeding prospect” your puppy has been bred from the best breeding stock available and is a product of a great deal of care, research, hard work and love. He/she is a good representative of the breed and is structurally and temperamentally sound. Your puppy is suited to be a wonderful companion for just loving, obedience, agility or therapy work.

He/she has received lots of care and socialization from us. We are very proud of the puppies we produce! Our hope is that you enjoy your puppy as much as we enjoy your puppy’s parents. When this happens then we have fulfilled a large part of our goals as breeders.

Most experienced breeders will choose the puppy you get, instead of letting you make the choice. This is NOT because you are getting the “last pick” (which many people worry about), or because we don’t care about what you want. It is because we care a great deal that you get the kind of puppy that will make you happy, and that each puppy goes into the right kind of home for that particular puppy, that we make the choice.

Years of experience and the time spent watching them grow up gives us a much better chance of matching puppies to the proper homes. If you want a very quiet puppy, you might visit on the one day that the quietest one is being a terror. Or if you want an extremely “spunky” puppy, you might visit on the one day that the feistiest little munchkin in taking a loooooong snooze or has a belly full of breakfast.

I know it’s hard, but try to trust us! Tell us as much as you can about what you want and your lifestyle, and let us do the best we can in choosing the right puppy for you. Our potential families have always been happy with the puppies we have chosen for them.

If for some reason you don’t like the puppy we’ve chosen for you, you are under no obligation whatsoever to take him/her home, and we’d prefer you didn’t… No Hard Feelings, your being happy with our bundle of fur is of utmost importance to us.

Our experience is that you will actually find that it is much easier for us to choose the puppy for you, than it is for you to make the decision for yourself.

“Pet Quality” vs. “Show Quality”

The differences between pet quality and show quality puppies are not usually obvious to the inexperienced eye. Sometimes there are no differences, as most breeders usually have more pet homes than show homes available for any given litter.

And since the grading of puppies is an educated guess, even the very experienced eye is not infallible. Sometimes the difference is something about the bite, the way the puppy moves or stands, an angle of the shoulder blade that we feel in our hands, or that indefinable “something” that makes us guess/hope that “this one is a show puppy.”

And sometimes we’re wrong! In any case, if we want to keep something for ourselves to show and/or breed, or if we have show homes available, we take our best shot at picking the best candidates for the job.

The rest of the puppies are really the lucky ones!

They are the ones that get to go home with you and lie on the sofa and play ball with the kids instead of working for a living. This is why I like to refer to pet dogs as companion dogs. That is there first and most important job…to be your companion, in your house and on your bed. They have received the same careful breeding and raising, usually look just the same, and sometimes when we see them six months or two years later we wish we’d kept them....... It makes us very proud to have our puppy buyers come back with beautiful dogs that fit the standard and are good representatives of the breed.

Regardless of quality Pet/companion quality puppies are equally healthy to their littermates sold as show/breeding prospects, Pet/companion quality puppies are those which do not meet the demands of conformation showing. They have had the same love, care and attention as their show/breeding quality littermates and are from the same health-certified parents.

Limited Registration vs. Full Registration

Responsible breeders sell puppies as pets on Limited Registration and spay/neuter contracts. This is out of a sincere concern for the overpopulation of pets and because we believe that breeding should not take place “in a vacuum.”

The dogs involved should have something to contribute to the breed, perhaps have distinguished themselves in some way (in conformation, obedience, agility ); and the people involved should have educated themselves on the breed standard, health problems in Akitas in general and in the various lines, and be very knowledgeable about raising puppies and in finding and screening good homes for them.

We take continuing responsibility for what we produce, and hope that none of our puppies is ever accidentally or carelessly bred.

Limited Registration is a tool offered by the American Kennel Club for responsible breeders to protect their breeding programs and their puppies. Limited Registration is just like “Regular Registration", except that Limited Registration dogs may not be shown in conformation, and their offspring may not be registered with the American Kennel Club. They may be shown in obedience, agility, and can obtain titles in all of those areas.

Limited Registration is reversible to “Full Registration", but only by the breeder of your puppy. If you happen to join a dog club, start going to shows and then get bit by the show bug; Or, perhaps you go to an obedience class where experienced dog people see your dog and exclaim, “He’s gorgeous! This dog must be shown and shared with the world!" We can of course talk about changing the registration to a full registration.

We’d like to see your dog, talk to you about conformation classes and made sure you know what you’re getting into if you think you want to even attempt to do this.

Dog showing is not for the faint of heart, or those with limited weekend time to travel or money to spend.

You should know by the time to have you puppy spayed or neutered whether this show bug has bitten you, and we can consider amending the contract; otherwise you will be expected to fulfill its terms and spay and/or neuter your friendly companion.

Dogs with “full registration”, certificate from the AKC has a purple border instead of an orange border. (That’s the only difference for pet dogs.)

Please keep in mind our first and utmost concern is the welfare of the puppies and we reserve the right to decline a sale if for any reason we feel the placement is not in the puppy's best interest or is not in the best interest of ourselves as breeders, this is regardless if you have a  non refundable reservation secured with us or not .

If you feel you cannot or will not make these types of commitments to your puppy, we suggest you consider another breeder as we are we are extremely commented to having only the best for the puppies we produce.

The cost of a Family Companion puppy on AKC limited Registration & a required spay /neuter contract is $3000.00 USD (plus 6.625 % NJ Sales tax)

Show Prospect puppies START @$3800.00+ (plus 6.625 % NJ Sales tax) & go up depending on puppy itself, pick in the litter & parents, etc.  All prices listed are subject to change.



1. We breed on a VERY LIMITED basis

2. We breed ONLY to suit OUR desires,NOT to produce puppies for buyers

3. We DO NOT breed because we have XX number of reservations

4. We place puppies with appoved paid reservation holders only ~ no reservation no puppy

5. We take only a limited  number of reservations

6. All puppies/dogs are sold on written contracts

7. All puppies/dogs placed as Family Companions ( Pets) with  be placed on a written spay/neuter contract ~ NO EXCEPTIONS

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