We have been Akita fans for years, beginning with our first big guy, Cody back in 2001. Not knowing much about the breed, except that they were handsome dogs, we went the Akita rescue route to start, and adopted Cody, our first Akita at the ripe old age of 6. Probably not the best decision we had ever made, but happily it went very well. Cody stayed with us until he passed at the age of 14.
Next up, was our second Akita, JoZ. We acquired her from Mystic Akitas in southern Illinois when she was 1, and enjoyed a great life with her. For most of JoZ’’s life we lived in Chicago and she grew accustomed to the fawning adoration from all who ran into her on the city streets and became quite the ham! When JoZ passed last fall at almost 14 years old, we swore that we were going to take a few years off from dogs.
That lasted 5 months.
After pet sitting our daughter’s dog for 3 weeks this winter, we knew we needed another Akita to join our family. After much research, I happened on Aces-Up Akitas’ website and was immediately impressed, not only by the quality of their Akitas, but by the attention to detail and obvious love they had for the breed. Although I had been talking to a couple other breeders, I sent a quick note to Aces-Up, with the hope we could make contact.
Within a couple hours I had a note back from Wenny at Aces-Up and the promising news that they may have a ten month old pup that would match with us! Sure enough, after several emails back and forth and a couple phone calls, we were on our way to New Mexico to meet Kuma (previously Geralt).
Well, its been a couple months now and Kuma is an adored member of our family. Loving, gentle, loyal and a bit of a goof, he’s everything one expects in an Akita! Wenny has been great in being available to answer questions and provide support whenever needed. This is a breeder who cares about her pups and wants to make sure that they find a good home. I’m very impressed, and look forward to, perhaps, adding another Aces-Up pup in a few years. Thanks Wenny!
San Jose, CA
I have always wanted an American Akita ever since I first learned about the breed. I held off for so long just because I did not live in the right environment to have one. I wanted to make sure our future family member would have enough yard space to run and frolic. Fast forward to more than a decade later, I met Wenny and Michael of Aces-Up Akitas as well as our newest fluffy family member.
Initially, I was looking for a local breeder because I did not want to travel too far just to get a puppy. However, I was only able to find scam websites or breeders that have moved away from the area. I was talking to one of the breeders that moved away from California and they told me that to find better breeders, I was better off looking for one that was out of state. I took her advice and started approaching different breeders, one which was Aces-Up Akitas. As I spoke to other breeders I felt they were not as personable and sounded fairly standoffish, so I decided to wait for more breeders to contact me. Then I get an email from Wenny asking me when was the best time to reach me. Luckily I got off work early that day and told her that I was available at any time. Not even 5 minutes later, I got a call from her. When our conversation started, I could already hear the love and passion that Wenny has for this breed and within just a few minutes of talking, I could tell that Wenny was the best breeder to go with. I was added to the puppy wait list and eagerly began looking forward to the day I would meet my new family member.
Fast forward a few months and I see a posting for rehoming for our beloved Sora (previously Sativa). It was past midnight when I saw this post and I was so extremely excited that I did not go to sleep that night. I waited for my girlfriend to wake up so I could tell her about Sora ASAP. We had a discussion over lunch and I finally got the green light. I emailed Wenny ASAP and were in a call about an hour later. Wenny and I started talking over details about Sora's personality and the more we talked about her, the more I felt that Sora was a great fit for our family. I decided that I would pick her up a week later. When I went to Santa Fe, NM to meet Wenny and Michael for the first time, it felt like we have known each other for ages. We had conversations about the breed for hours and jokingly mentioned being mentored on how to do dog shows. Now Sora has been getting ready for her debut in dog shows recently. Sora has been doing great in her training sessions and really enjoys them!
Ever since we got Sora, Wenny has always been there helping us every step of the way. Even 9 months later, Wenny and Michael are still constantly showering us with support and guidance with anything and everything that we have questions about. When I picked up Sora we received not just one new member, but the whole Aces-Up family! My girlfriend and I are so happy with our decision. Both of us feel that we have definitely made the right choice in going with Aces-Up Akitas and are glad to have become a part of this loving family.
Pacific Palisades, CA
We are Akita lovers. If you're reading this then you probably know what an incredible breed they are. Those strong, smart, willful, quirky and loving bears are simply the best! I cannot say enough good things about my family's experience with Wenny, Michael and Aces Up.
I met Wenny when our akita Kodi was quite ill. She and I talked and texted for some time and Wenny always offered a supportive voice despite never meeting us or Kodi. I always followed Wenny's posts and saw a mention of Haze. When I inquired, Wenny took all she knew about us into account. Was she the right dog for our family? Were we the right family for her? Based on all of our talks, the answer was likely a yes. I flew to New Mexico and spent an afternoon with Wenny and Michael. Haze and I got to know each other and it was clear we were a great fit. I also had an opportunity to meet the rest of the Ace's Up family. Those dogs are magnificent. The thought and care that Wenny and Michael have put into Ace's Up is evident!
Haze and I left the next morning for the long ride back to Los Angeles. She has been an incredible addition to our family. That was about 7 months ago and Wenny continues to be with us along the way. Haze is a wonderful dog and Wenny has helped us make sure she thrives in our house with three young kids. Last night my son told me how lucky we were to have found Haze and that she is a great fit for our family. He could not be more right! Huge thanks to Wenny and Michael for helping us bring our incredible Haze home!
A huge thank you to Michael and Wenny! We’ve never had a large dog breed before, but they trusted us to learn how to take care of and handle them. We couldn’t be happier to have received the Akita we did, Wenny is amazing at matching their Akitas to people. Our boy Shadow fits wonderfully into our life.
Getting Shadow was the opposite of what I expected when getting an Akita. His temperament is very easy going, trainable, and he's so gentle. Whether we’re going to the park or downtown, Shadow is always well behaved. That just goes to show Aces-up Akitas are amazing at what they do!
I’ve looked at multiple breeders but none of them stood out like Aces-up. The website was clean and well done, the application was thorough, but what really drew me in was the fact they had no deposit they go completely on the application and phone conversations. Aces-up truly cares about their Akitas AND the owners, Wenny will always answer your questions day or night; We have gotten amazing support the entirety of owning Shadow.
Overall Aces-up is a one of a kind breeder, we’re blessed to have found them when we were ready to have one of our own. Their service is top notch. When the day comes and need more bears in our life we will always come back to Aces-up.
Rancho Palas Verdes, CA
After losing our beloved Kuma (our 2nd Akita) in early 2018 we, like all pet owners, were heartbroken. We knew we would need some time to grieve our loss, but we knew one day we would start looking for another puppy. We fell in love with the breed with our first Akita (Brandy) that we obtained as a puppy in 1993, and it didn’t take long to figure out we would never want another breed. She was with us for almost 13 years, and it was particularly heartbreaking as we had never lived a day in the house we moved into after getting married in 1995 without Brandy there with us. We waited almost a year before finding our Kuma in 2007.
After Kuma’s passing, we waited nearly 7 months before deciding to start looking for another puppy, and we quickly became frustrated with the process as there were so many breeders that we immediately didn’t trust. Whether it was a willingness to ship us a puppy sight unseen, or encountering way too many breeders with a seemingly endless supply of puppies, we were almost ready to give up. Fortunately, we stuck with it one more day and were incredibly lucky to stumble onto a reference for Aces-Up Akitas. I went to their website and was pleasantly surprised to see the rigorous process that was required just to be considered for one of their puppies. I initiated the process by filling out the application and was contacted shortly thereafter by Wenny, who had reviewed my application and wanted to setup a call to get to know us better. We talked for almost 45 minutes during that 1st call getting to know one another, and after hanging up, I knew we had finally found the breeder we were looking for. I became very excited and hopeful that she would see us a good candidates. When she contacted me again several days later and indicated that she had two female puppies available from a recent litter we were over the moon with excitement. She made it clear that she still needed to meet us in person, but went ahead and forwarded us pictures of them both (one Red and one Silver). As expected, we couldn’t decide as they were both such beautiful puppies. Wenny was very patient and went through the process of determining what type of personality we were looking for, and asked what our prior Akita’s were like. Based on our feedback, she recommended that the Red puppy would be a better fit for us, and we made arrangements to drive to Santa Fe to meet her.
Meeting Wenny and Michael fully confirmed that we had made the right decision. Our little Suki is a true blessing and we can’t imagine our life without her. We are so thankful to Wenny and Michael for all their kindness and support since they entrusted us with one of their beautiful little puppies. They care deeply for their dogs and it shows in their quality and happiness, and we are grateful that they trusted us to take care of Suki. We love that our relationship with Wenny and Michael didn’t stop once we left with Suki. They have both remained constant sources of help and guidance, and are genuinely happy to see all the pictures of our little Suki as she has grown. They treat all of their clients like family, and we are very happy to be part of the Aces-Up family.
Santa Clara, NM
We found “Aces Up Akitas” online after losing our 2nd Akita female of 8 years. Broken hearted, we searched Akita rescues, but none were available close. “Aces Up” turned up in internet searches. They had an extensive questionnaire and within hours of completing the questionnaire, Wenny emailed us back with what she considered may be a “perfect fit”.
Sure enough, we had been thinking of another female, but upon reading our story and the questionnaire, “Sniper” truly fit our needs. She then forwarded his “baby” pictures and some video of him playing outside. We wanted a companion, not a puppy, gentle natured and “voila” we cannot imagine our lives without him! He’s so sweet, good mannered and so loving. It’s like he filled in right where our “daisy” left off.
Wenny and Michael have been so supportive with messages, phone calls and great advice that we never had before. They truly do have the “gentle” bloodlines. The early training and love for him from ACES UP are VERY evident. We admire him every day…he’s so beautiful, sometime we have to remind ourselves he is “REAL”. He’s already into what we do…. hiking, the woods, camping, and family. He’s also great with our cats, which has been a real bonus, they too don’t believe he’s real!
I have wanted an Akita since the first time I saw one over twenty years ago. The Akita is strikingly beautiful, regal and loving. I did not try to get one earlier in my life due to employment and family circumstances. I didn't think it would be fair to the Akita. I'm married and our son is now a teenager. Our schedules are more flexible than earlier in our lives. I have done a significant amount of research (books, internet, articles, etc...) on the Akita. I weighed all of the positives and negatives of having an Akita as a companion pet. In my mind there was no other choice for me but the Akita.
Once I made the decision that I was going to get an Akita, I looked at the breeders listed on the Akita Club of America (ACA) website. I looked at other Akita breeders as well. I spent a lot of time looking at the ACA breeders' websites. That's when I first noticed Aces-Up Akitas. Their website was far better and up to date than others that I looked at. It was very well put together and contained a lot of helpful information. Their dogs were beautiful and I was really impressed. So I filled out the puppy application online. Wenny and I talked on the phone about Akitas and the possibility of me obtaining one. I was instantly comfortable with Wenny. Her knowledge and love of Akitas was apparent. I hesitated on my decision due to Aces-Up being thirty hours from my home. I continued to do research, fill out applications and talk to breeders. There were Akita breeders significantly closer to my home. I’ve talked to or emailed several breeders in my Akita search. Some of the breeders were great. However, some of them didn't return emails or seem interested. Wenny was always available to talk about Akitas or answer any questions.
Months later, Wenny texted me pictures of a puppy, Bono, who became available. Needless to say, Bono was beautiful. After some discussions with the family, we came to the decision to add Bono to our family. I spoke with Wenny and let her know of our decision. Wenny and I agreed that it would be best if I drove to pick Bono up. That way Wenny could meet me to make sure Bono and I were a good fit. Even though the trip would be a total of sixty hours on the road, I knew that I wanted to add Bono to our family. People always ask me why I drove all the way out there especially when there were breeders a lot closer. The answer is Wenny...and her beautiful dogs. I just felt comfortable and knew I was making the right decision with her.
Wenny and Michael (Bono's buddy) had Bono for five months when I picked him up. Wenny and I washed and groomed Bono. I think that helped my bonding process with Bono. During the journey to my home, Bono was exceptional. He stayed in the crate and did not have an accident the entire time. We obviously stopped a lot so he could go to the bathroom and stretch his legs. So the journey took a lot longer coming back than it did going to New Mexico.
When I finally arrived at my house, Bono did want to get out of the crate to meet my family. It was all new to him and a very long journey. I finally got him out of the car and after a long time outside, he didn't want to go into the house. I texted Wenny and she and Michael were extremely helpful. Bono was leery of people first and it took a little while for him to get used to everything. My son spent a lot of time with Bono and they are great buddies. Bono was crate and house trained from when I picked him up. Bono has a great demeanor. He allows me to open his mouth to get something out if I have to. He also tolerates the grooming and nail clipping.
Bono got a little sick (upset stomach) a couple days after we got back. I think it was a combination of new surroundings (environment), lots of treats, deer poop (ugh), etc.. Wenny was constantly in contact with me to make sure Bono was alright and provided a lot of assistance and encouragement. Wenny has been there every step of the way. Bono was fine after a couple days of a bland diet. Bono has had great vet visits. I also had his knees checked when I was getting pet insurance and the vet stated his knees were good. Wenny has always been accessible for questions and advice. All of the financial transactions (original purchase, food, grooming accessories, etc...) between us have been quick and seamless.
Bono has never shown aggressive to people or animals. I have taken him everywhere and he has met hundreds of people and a lot of animals and he has been excellent. Sometimes, people can't believe he is a puppy because he is so well behaved. Most people stop me to say how beautiful Bono is and they think he is a show dog. Don't get me wrong he will act like a puppy on occasion and get into things.
This is the first dog that my family has ever had. I have texted Wenny for advice, ordering food, sending pictures of Bono, etc... Despite the time difference she has always gotten back to me in an extremely timely manner.
Adding an Akita to your family is a huge decision. I could not have made a better choice than to get an Akita from Aces-Up Akitas. I would like to thank Wenny and Michael so much for trusting us with Bono.
There aren’t words to describe the love and joy I feel for my beautiful, sweet, gentle Sterling whom we adopted from Aces-Up Akitas! My kids begged me for a dog for over 20 years and it wasn’t until I met Hiro, another Aces-Up pup that I relented. Although I researched and corresponded with several different breeders, it only took one phone call with Dr. Wenny Bauman for me to know that I wanted an Aces-Up pup. Wenny and Michael’s knowledge, devotion, and dedication to this breed is reflected in their amazing work and the care they put into each and every placement of their pups.
Although there were several other families wanting to adopt Sterling, Wenny and Michael made the decision to let us have her keeping Sterling and Hiro (sister and brother) in the same town with family friends. Although they grow up in different households, Sterling and Hiro see each other for play dates every month and have a bond that can never be broken. Not only did we adopt a new family member, we gained an entire extended family in Wenny and Michael! They are always available, helpful, and supportive when we have questions or concerns. Proud to be a member of the Aces-Up family!
Words cannot explain how amazing Dr. Wenny is. I knew from the moment that I reached out to her that I was going to find the perfect companion dog and embark on a life-long journey with Aces-Up.
Our little girl, Pryna, who we picked out from this year’s litter at 9 weeks old, has been an absolute dream come true. She is so incredibly sweet, has such a wonderful temperament, and is beautiful beyond words, Fast forward to a few months later, it seems as if those traits have only amplified!
I knew I had made the right decision choosing Aces-Up Akitas from the moment I spoke with Dr. Wenny over the phone. She is extremely knowledgeable and genuinely cares about her pups as well as their forever family. It is so incredibly important for folks to realize that choosing the right breeder makes a world of a difference when it comes to finding a world-class pup. I could not be happier to be a part of the Aces-Up family.
Aces-Up, BEST you can get. I have had 11 Akitas in the last 50 years. The first one from Japan, and have had them from many different breeders. Last year when my male Akita lost his playmate, I went on searching again. Checked out adoptions, shelters, many breeders, and finally got hold of Aces-Up.
After many conversations with Wenny via texts, emails, and phone calls, she has found us the perfect girl! We couldn't ask for better help in all aspects of the process of purchasing, shipping, etc. We now have had the girl for 5 months and she fit right in from day one!
The Akitas from Aces-Up are gentle, loving, intelligent, and "easy keepers". And Wenny is a remarkable person to raise a fantastic breed and to figure out the match for people and their needs.
If you are looking for a companion with the right temperament and personality, get hold of Aces-Up!
I have gotten two beautiful Akita's from aces up Akitas. Both of them have amazing temperaments--and are brilliant dogs that have been so pleasant to work with and an absolute pleasure to own. Everywhere that we go people are taken aback by their good looks and excellent temperaments.
Both of the dogs that I have gotten have had excellent health. They also are wonderful with other animals and children-- this includes adults children horses cats and other dogs from my experience!
Wenny and Michael provide the best care for their dogs and do an outstanding job of planning appropriate breedings and producing amazing animals that are amazing in the show ring as well as perfect family pets!
Because of my outstanding experience with aces up Akitas I would never get a purebred akita anywhere else.
Thank you for everything that you guys do to bring joy to all of our families!
From the time that I saw an American Akita, I knew that one day I would raise such a big, bold, confident and beautiful dog. Now that I'm retired, and my sons are older, I have the time to properly raise an Akita puppy. Searching for a reputable breeder, I researched the AKC website and found Aces-Up Akitas. I wanted to adopt an American Akita that was healthy, sound and an exceptional representation of the breed.
I contacted Dr. Wenny Bauman, and from our first conversation, it was obvious that her top priority is to find wonderful, loving homes that are compatible with the personality of her Akitas. After several months of communication with Dr. Wenny, we adopted the newest addition to our family, Hiro. When I picked up Hiro, I observed how knowledgeable Dr. Wenny and Michael are about their Akitas, and the love and care they put into their dogs.
Since adopting Hiro two and a half months ago, we are impressed with his sweet temperament and awesome physical traits. He is quickly growing into a magnificent Akita. Dr. Wenny has provided us with continued support, and quickly addresses any issues or questions we have. She and Michael are wonderful people and have treated us as a member of the Aces-Up Akita family.
Brinn & Willie N
San Antonio, TX
Over the years I have had contact with many dog breeders. Wenny Bauman of Aces Up Akitas is truly exceptional breeder who demonstrates professional level knowledge, a deep interest and passion for the welfare and preservation of the Akita.
Wenny responded, promptly, to my initial contact when I wrote to her expressing my desire for a show quality Akita, and has continued to support me and be a really wonderful mentor, when we purchased a stunning young Akita from her last Fall.
Ijamsville , MD
I met Wenny 2 years ago over Facebook on the Long Coat Akita page. My wife and I were not in the market for an Akita puppy but at the time Wenny had one available that she was looking for a good home. Things didn’t workout and we ended up not getting the puppy. Wenny assured us that we would be first in line when the next Long Coat became available.
We kept in touch with Wenny over the next 2 years and we are glad that we did. Wenny’s latest breeding produced a Long Coat Akita and true to her word we were given the first option. We can’t thank Wenny enough for thinking about us over those 2 years and giving us the chance.
Communication between Wenny has been great because you want a breeder who cares. We have been able to reach out to Wenny through text, email or Facebook with any questions and she has answered them all.
We also wanted to share that our new puppy came to us in great shape. The puppy was already
accustomed to his crate to the point he has never whined once when placed in the crate. We have also noticed that he is great with our kids and strangers.
We would like thank Wenny and Michael for inviting us into the Aces-Up Akita family.
Many years ago we owned an American Akita, named Baron. After 12 wonderful years with our bear, sadly he passed away. Since his passing we had always truly missed having an Akita in our lives, what a remarkable breed.
A couple of years ago we finally made the decision to get another Akita. Our journey with Wenny and Michael started after diligently researching reputable breeders across the country. I began communication with them, which extended over a few of months. Their application and interview process was extremely thorough, and placing their dogs with the right families that will provide life-long homes is their top priority. We were honored that they chose our family as companion owners of one of their gorgeous puppies, Lambo. He came to us back in December 2015 and Wenny and Michael have been with us every step of the way, we truly consider them family. We communicate with them regularly; their support, guidance, and advice are invaluable.
I cannot say enough about Wenny and Michael and what a pleasure it has been working with them throughout this process. Their knowledge, devotion, and dedication for this breed is reflected in the amazing work that they do and the love that they have for their Akita’s.
Dr. Nedim S
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
I have known Wenny and Michael for several years now and they simply amaze me with their dedication to the Akita world. What made us come together and get to know each other well is the fact that I have also been breeding American Akitas for 10 years and was looking for potential show dog from the United States. Without any doubt, I can say that I have never met anyone in my life who has more passion and love for our amazing breed as well as a lot of knowledge about Akitas than these two loving and caring people.
I do not want to talk about quality of their dogs in this letter, but just the fact that I have two dogs in co-ownership from their Aces-up Kennel tells a lot, but what I do want to highlight is that Wenny and Michael are so easy to work with and I have experienced that on many occasions. It has been truly my pleasure to cooperate with them because they have excellent planning skills, are extremely good in setting priorities and making adequate decisions, when faced with an obstacle they are very resourceful and focused on solving problems quickly and efficiently.
Derek & Janette C
My wife and I had a discussion that we wanted a companion to be a part of our lives. So the research began. I searched the AKC for reputable breeders, upon initial searches we came across Aces-Up Akitas and everything about it felt right.
We saw Lotus on the website and we fell in love. We submitted an application and heard back from Dr. Wenny a few days later. From this moment on we felt we found a family. Shortly after my wife and I took an initial trip to meet Wenny, Mike and Lotus. Upon meeting socializing with them we realized that we found a family. The care, love, and knowledge they have for the breed is clearly shown. The experience was unlike anything else and felt as if we were with family. Needless to say we have had Lotus in our life for 4 months now and she has fully embraced us as a family.
We could never thank Dr. Wenny and Mike Bauman for everything they have done, for raising such a sweet girl and for being there when we have questions. We wanted a companion and Lotus has given us so much more than that. She is our lucky charm, and since her arrival so much has changed she will soon be a big sister to twins. We are over the moon and thankful to Aces-Up Akitas for such a wonderful girl! From our family to your’s, Love!!!