Hi Fonda!  I hope you and your family have been well and are enjoying the last part of summer.  Dotty has a new name, Nikkou, which means "sunlight" or "sunshine" in Japanese.  She is doing great!  Lots of energy and super polite.  She loves people and other dogs.  You must have done a great job socializing her while she was young.  Everyone comments on how engaging she is for a shiba.  She still loves her ball the best of all her toys!  She is definitely growing up.   I am very glad that I decided to get my puppy from Curt & Fonda.  If I ever decide to get another pup to be friends with Nikkou, I will be going to them again.  All the best, Joshua   Aug. 13, 2013

My new shiba puppy was more than expected.........so adorable, sweet, friendly, well-behaved.........an overall wonderful disposition about him.  Fonda was very helpful during the whole process of helping me with my first puppy.  I would definitely recommend this breeder. If I every get a large enough apartment, I will be sure to get another shiba from her.  Connie, May 2009

I am very happy I had the opportunity to deal with Fonda with the purchase of my puppy.  The puppy is extremely cute and well socialized.  Fonda was always available via emails or phone to answer any questions.  She also followed up with me after the puppy had been delivered to ensure the puppy got home well.  I recommend her to anyone looking to buy a puppy.  I look forward to doing business with her again in the future.  Marie  Sept. 2009


Fonda was very helpful and kept me informed on my puppy's growth and progress until the delivery date.  She was always available for questions by phone or email and responds promptly.  My shiba is even more adorable than pictured.  She has the cutest face and is very well behaved.  Now at 12 weeks old she is already completely house-trained and well socialized.  She has been playful and happy since day one and loves being around people.  I am completely satisfied with my shiba inu and will definitely use Fonda again.  Jackie, May 2009


I just wanted to say thank you again for helping us in our search to find the perfect dog.  Missie's new name is now Maggie and she is the most wonderful loving dog ever!  We are absolutely thrilled we made our purchase with you and if we every buy another dog in the future you will be the first one we come to. Maggie fits in perfect with our family and has filled our house with so much joy.  Andrea & John (New Jersey)  Nov. 2011

My family and I purchased our Shiba Inu puppy from Curt and Fonda and we couldn't be more happy with her.  She is a gorgeous puppy and is everything Fonda said she would be.  Fonda was very helpful and informative as to waht to expect in the breed.  She kept me updated with pictures of her while we waited to pick her up.  She was cooperative and flexible to my crazy work schedule when we went to pick her up.  When we picked up the puppy she was very healthy and was current on all her shots.  She gave us the necessary paperwork to get her registered.  My family loves our new puppy and we will definitely go to Fonda for any future purchases of  Shiba Inu puppies.  Sheila, Jan 2012


Hello Fonda, my name's Patrick and we met about two years back when I had purchased Bailey (named Vanilla at the time) from you and your loving family.  I just wanted to say how happy I still am with her and to show you a couple of photos in case you were wondering just how this gorgeous girl looks now a days.  I just wanted to thank you again for your help in getting my dog, she has been the best thing that has happened to me in my life.

We bought a shiba from you in May 2009.  I just have to tell you he is the best!  I know shibas can be nippy and shouldn't be trusted around birds or other small animals.  We named him Charkee Subaro Saku and he has been raised around small children (my sons are now 5 & 7 years), chickens and cats.  He gets along perfectly with them all.  He is very protective of the kids and he has NEVER run off.  We have property in the woods which he patrols during our summer visits and he absolutely ALWAYS comes running when we whistle.  We were very cautious the first two years but he has proven time and time again that we can trust him.  he is a beautiful and very mellow Shiba Inu, great job Maassens!  Sincerely, Rachel

Hi!  I bought Troy (now known as Shippo) from you around this time last year.  Letting you know he's doing great and loving life. Despite his stubborn ways we get along great!

He's easily the most independent, willful, and sassy dog I've ever known, but he has the best personality!  I love him to pieces and he's great with people and other dogs (some resource guarding with other dogs we are working on).  He's also iffy about kids, but they always go for his tail.

He's down to all hand signals and knows: sit, stay, touch, laydown, roll over, speak, high fives ( so cute) and how to dance.

Very susceptible to learning which is great.  he also inherited a double curl tail which is adorable.  I added some pictures as well.   Robert Huizenga  Nov. 2016

We purchased our shiba, Toby, from Fonda and have been nothing but happy with him.  Fonda is as nice and helpful as they come and we were constantly reassured that Toby was coming from a great breeder.  Every time we take him on outings, whether it be to the dog park or just around our outdoor mall, people stop us to comment on how beautiful of a dog he is.  Not only is he great looking, but he has the sweetest personality!  He has been the easiest dog we have ever had. Toby is amazing with babies and children and loves to make new friends.  Thank you Fonda for giving us such joy from Toby and making the process as wonderful as it was!  We could not have asked for any better service.  Sheridan and Tyler  July 2014

I'm in my mid 20s and growing up I always had a longing for a dog companion.  I decided on a shiba in May of 2013 and I luckily stumbled across Dakota Shibas listings through puppyfind.  I appreciated the thorough description of their puppies and details about sale/shipping, the payment and terms were made clear.   I quickly fell in love with one of their adorable shibas named "Rascal" and just had to have him!  I was satisfied with the communication that was provided by email and texting pictures/videos.  Fonda was happy to indulge us with the cuteness as we became more excited for his arrival.  She also answered every question related to preparedness as we were new dog owners.  The transaction was smooth and everything was done as promised.  He was in great condition, had a good temperament and was easily potty trained and well socialized with people.  We really couldn't ask for a better puppy!  We enrolled in training classes early and are continuing.  We thank Fonda and Dakota Shibas for this wonderful blessing and he is our spoiled baby for sure!  He makes us smile when he prances like he knows just how good looking he is and he makes us laugh with the Shiba 500s (solo race with himself back and forth) and his many other stunts.  I will be looking to give him a female playmate once he turns a year old, from Dakota Shibas.  Thank you again Fonda, I could never have imagined how much joy "Rascal" would bring us!  Hadissah, New Jersey, Oct. 2013

Our experience with Fonda and Dakota Shibas was perfect.  We love our new dog, Stubby!  He is ahappy and well adjusted pup. Fonda kept in touch with us during the whole process and answered all my questions.  Thanks!  Keven from NYC Dec. 2013

I just wanted to say THANK YOU..........we purchased a beautiful shiba boy (Dillon) from you a year and a half ago and I must say, we have the best dog in the world!  He is the most gentle and amazing dog anyone could ever ask for.  When I come home from work the smile I get from him makes my heart melt......and yes he smiles!!  He was easily trained and loves to do tricks.  I have a cat that he loves to chase around the house but he would never hurt her.  I have fallen in love with this breed and I will let you know when I am ready for another one.

Amy Montagna Sept. 2013

We purchased our shiba pup, Remington, from Fonda and we could not be happier.  Fonda was very good at keeping in touch with me, updating us with pictures and all the information we needed to know.  She always replied promptly and met our needs above and beyond.  When we got our puppy, she was so healthy and happy - the pictures she sent did not even do her justice!  All the papers came with her and a nice travel crate.  Remy was so friendly and well adjusted, she immediately took to us and wasn't timid whatsoever.  I have never seen such a healthy, beautiful and happy pup - everyone who has met her has said the same!  I HIGHLY recommend this breeder!  Jaime, Oct. 2013


I was completely clueless on owning a puppy and luckily I found Fonda from Dakota Shibas.  Fonda helped me with Pansy, a lovely shiba that they had, and I was so relieved when speaking with her.  She gave constant updates of pictures and videos.  Fonda is quick with replies and very informative.  Any questions I asked, she addressed with no problem.  Great customer service and would buy from again! Thanks Fonda!!!!  Wilson, Oct. 2013