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Shiba Inu Puppies
Description: The Shiba-Inu, with its outgoing personality, convenient size, and good nature has made it the most common pet in Japan. Growing in popularity worldwide, it has only been in recent years that they have been seen out of their native land. Though they may be difficult to train, if they are handled with consistent firm training they will respond well. Shiba-Inus are not a dog for the faint-hearted as they are a large animal in a small body. Shiba-Inus are loyal and posses a good sense of what you are feeling. They need to have human interaction and should not be left alone in the back yard. They have unique vocal sounds that sometimes may sound like a "yodel". They will usually only bark when they have a reason. The Shiba Inu's appearance attracts many a potential owner who may not realize the implications of keeping this breed. They are smaller dogs, with often a red or orange tint of fur over a background of white. They can also be other colors, however, such as salt and pepper, black, or black and tan or black and white. They have harsh, medium length, and thick fur which gives them the added foxy look. They have been bred down specifically for slanted eyes, a foxy expression and deep red color. Shibas also have a tail which curls over the back in the general spitz-type fashion. Do not be lured only by the Shiba Inu's looks alone, but first consider his loving yet stubborn personality as well.
Other Names: Brushwood Dog (Shiba Inu in Japanese), Japanese Small-Size Dog, Shiba Ken
Type: Northern Breed
- 16.5 inches.
salt and pepper, black, black and tan or white.
Shiba-Inus are independent, industrious and strong-willed. They are alert,
curious, and intelligent. They can be strong willed, but can be trained. They
have a fun-loving personality, and they are loyal to their owners. Shiba Inus
are known to wander, as they like to explore. They should be kept on a leash
outside of a fenced yard. They are affectionate, sensitive, and friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus have been known to be somewhat scrappy with other dogs, however,
and they are good as guard and watchdogs. One owner states that they "love
to live and live to love." They are fun and ready to play at any time, but
are not pesky and underfoot as some breeds can be.
Watch-dog: High. Shiba
Inus can be territorial.
Care and Training:
Brush Shiba Inus with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary as
they have a natural water-proof coat. Needs plenty of exercise by daily walks
or space to run. Training should be understanding, not harsh physical training
methods. It is recommended that you take young Shibas to obedience classes
for socialization and training and to prevent aggression towards other dogs.
Activity: High. Their
energy is abundant, but not hyperactive.
Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart problems, patellar luxation, and they may retain their puppy teeth.
Life Span: 13 - 16 years.
This is a generally long-lived breed.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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