My name is Michelle Gori.
I'm the Preservation Breeder of Sierra Ohkami Kennel. I live in Norther California (Contra Costa County) with my husband and teen son. I'm a Full-Time Mom, Photographer and Artist. I've been involved with Japanese breeds for more than 20 yrs, owning my first Shiba in 2000. I am passionate about these breeds and showing all that they are capable of. I have a close relationship with all my dogs. As Owner/Handler in the ring I've personally put multiple titles on my dogs in Conformation (showing). I've also put performance titles on my dogs in Fast Cat and hunting titles in Barn Hunt. In addition I've put working titles on multiple dogs as Certified Therapy Dogs working in the community. As Trainer/Handler of my Certified Therapy Dogs I visit hospitals, schools and even courtrooms. I am most passionate about providing this type of volunteer work in my community. At the same time I am able to show the diversity of these Primitive breeds. It is the highest priority in my program to breed for Temperament and Type. To produce well rounded, healthy, beautiful puppies that thrive in various settings. Whether it be performing in the show ring, therapy work in hospitals, hiking in the woods or relaxing at home with family. I strive to produce dogs that exemplify both AKC (American) and NIPPO (Japanese) standards. I adhere to guidlines and health testing recommendations as showing my breeding dogs have their *CHIC Numbers as well as being an AKC Bred With A Heart kennel. I am a member of the National Shiba Club of America, NIPPO (Nihon Ken preservation org in Japan) , Shiba Fanciers of Southern California (Regional Shiba Club) and Del Valle All Breed Kennel Club (pending).
*Chic Numbers are issued to dogs by OFA showing that the dog's has had all health tests performed as recommended by the breed's National Parent Club.
How it all began: I bought my fist Shiba from Reputable Breeder, Ronna Fuller of Sierra Shibas out of Montana as a pet back in 2000. My next Shibas I received from a local Reputable California Breeder, she encouraged me to show and also offered to mentor me for the next several years. I put multiple titles on her dogs of Championship, Grand Championship and Bronze Grand Championship, International Champion and a Therapy Dog Certification. My next dogs I received from a wonderful Reputable Breeder in Mid-West. That partnership gave me an amazing opportunity to work with another Mentor from Japan and she shared a love of the Shikoku breed with me and helped me import my first Shikoku from Japan. Learning all aspects of these breeds and the care and whelping of puppies I put at the forefront. I have devoted many years to education and preparation before breeding my first litters. Although considered a newbie as a Breeder, I have the support, mentorship and recognition of some of the top Shiba Breeders in the U.S. My goals are to continue to strive to better my breeds, lines and import new lines of Shikoku to strengthen the genetic diversity and health of the breed.