The Shiba Inu originated in Japan and is recognized as the the official national dog of Japan. It was first bred for small game hunting and is now primarily kept as a pet in both Japan and the USA. These are beautiful dogs! They have a cute fox-like look to them and a matching mischievous personality. They are very smart dogs and need an experienced owner to direct their energy and creativity in the right direction. They make excellent companions and bond well with their families.
As with any breed, personality varies from dog to dog. Overall, they are very sweet dogs that do well in families with or without children. They are lively, independant and bold with a medium energy level. They tend to be wary of strangers, but once they learn to trust you, they are loyal companions. Because of their strong will, an experienced owner is a must for proper training. Shiba Inus are not excessive barkers, but do have their famous,"Shiba Scream" that they may occasionally use if they are upset about something. They can adapt well to city or country life.
Compatability With Other Animals:
Shiba Inus are known for agression towards other dogs. However, this definitely does not have to be the case. If you socialize your puppy at an early age, he can learn to live very happily with other dogs. They usually have a prey drive, but can do well with small animals (i.e. cats and toy breeds) if introduced at an early age.
Shiba Inus are medium sized dogs ranging from about 15-30 pounds and 14-17 inches tall. Males are typically bigger than females. They tend to look bigger in the pictures than they are in real life.
Shiba Inus come in four colors recogonized by the American Kennel Club including: Red, Black and Tan, Sesame and Cream. White markings are also allowed. Shiba Inu puppies are born with coats that are darker than they will be at maturity. It is very difficult to tell the difference between a red puppy and a sesame puppy because of this.
The Shiba Inu goes through two seasonal sheddings, but other than that, his coat requires little grooming and stays relatively clean.
Because of the Shiba's inborn cleanliness, they are usually very easy to housetrain, with consistency.
A healthy, happy Shiba Inu can be expected to live for around 12-15 years, and sometimes longer.
Overall, Shiba Inus are very healthy dogs. A few things to watch for that can occationally show up in this breed are: luxating patellas (loose kneecaps), hip dysplasia, cataracts and allergies.