Thinking about purchasing an Shiba Inu? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Shiba Inu breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Shiba Inu owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Shiba Inu and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Shiba Inu Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Shiba Inu and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Shiba Inu Profile
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
Height: 13.5 -
Colors: Red, salt
and pepper, black, black and tan or white.
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.
Shiba Inu 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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