Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Shiba Ken; Japanese Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu, the smallest and oldest of the Japanese dog breeds, was developed to flush and hunt small game like birds-- and they still have the instinct to go after small animals. This ancient breed is probably best for the one-pet home, since it may not be able to resist chasing cagebirds or even cats. They are runners and escape artists, so make sure you can provide the proper outlet for its energy, as well as a secure yard.
Although it was brought close to extinction during World War II, the Shiba Inu emerged from three surviving strains and eventually became quite popular, not just in Japan, but worldwide. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1992.
Appearance / health:
The Shiba Inu is an agile dog with a compact and muscular frame. The size of the head is proportion to the body. It has a keen and confident expression. The triangular eyes and deep set eyes slant upwards towards the ears. The ears are triangular and small, and set apart. The Shiba Inu has a thick neck, with a straight topline. The elbows are set close to the chest, with straight and parallel forelegs and feet. The hind legs are strong and powerful. The thick tail is curled over the back. Males and females appear quite distinct.
Shibas require regular brushing to maintain their coats. The breed requires very little trimming and stripping. They are usually bathed only if necessary. The breed is an average shedder.
The Shiba Inu is an active breed. It needs regular exercise, including the opportunity to run off the leash. They do best when they have access to a fenced yard. However, they need additional exercise to stay in better health.
Shiba Inus are prone to hip dysplasia, food allergies, and epilepsy. They also tend to suffer from luxating patellas (dislocation of the kneecap).
Behavior / temperament:
Shiba Inus are alert, lively, and bold dogs with an independent nature. Their keen senses make them excellent hunters and watchdogs.
Shibas can be difficult to train. They respond well to understanding and patient training. Early obedience training is necessary to help them socialize and to restrict aggressive behavior.
Shibas seldom bark but make a distinctive sound that sounds like a shriek.
happy, cooler climate, adorable little foxes, low maintenance, Intelligent, handsome guy
independent breed, high prey drive, patience, Intense shedding, discipline, Challenging Dog
experienced owners, emotionally low maintenance, proper socialization
A Shiba What?
That’s the normal expression when I introduce my dog to most people. But who now doesn’t know Doge, the red fox like Internet sensation? Although most people aren’t aware he is Shiba Inu and that even more people don’t realise they also come in other ‘flavours’. My little lad is a Black & Tan version. So if you’re considering a Shiba as a family dog then you need to know the basics and although Doge captures their antics and expressions as classic Shiba personality they aren’t for first time dog owners. These are what dog enthusiasts call a Primitive Dog breed and that means that their inherited traits are relatively unchecked from their origins. They are Japanese and have a rich heritage with the country and in fact are classed as a National Treasure because of their cultural influence over the many years. Very closely related to the wolf they are known for being difficult to train, have zero recall off leash and can be very excitable. They are bold and feisty little dogs. Fox is about the size of a cocker spaniel but he thinks he is a German Shepherd. He can be aloof and sulky – I've never known a dog to hold a grudge as long as this one! However he tries exceptionally hard to be good. They need lots of socialisation however at puppy classes I found he was far too boisterous for the other pups there (and was labelled a hooligan) so we stuck to controlled sessions with puppies of dogs and owners I knew. They are escape artists and if you prize a flat lawn, then you would be best to consider another breed because my garden now looks like it's been part of a national tunnelling project. He is affectionate and loyal and he stands his ground with my big girl dog Kira, I trust him with cats and children. He has appalling recall even despite all the effort and training so we keep a long lead on him at all times (just in case) and although Shiba's have a heritage of being hunting dogs he shoes no interest in chasing or stalking cats or any small creatures (we also have a hamster). Fox has a fantastic personality but I do put this down to the care and attention his breeder took when producing his litter. If you are considering a Shiba then please only go to a reputable, professional breeder..
From Sam Browne Dec 18 2016 10:43AM
Probably the most useful supplement of all
Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5:
- Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Renal disease
- Cognitive function and neurological health
You should use them even if your dog doesn't have any pressing health issues, especially if your dog doesn't get enough of them from diet.
In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use.
Keep in mind this is not a short term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation.
To sum up:
- Consult your vet about the dose.
- Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio.
- Don't use on and off but permanently..
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 139 days ago
Hard work friendship
When we got Frey, we knew we were in for a lot of work. She was born with a bad eye and we were told she wouldn't live very long. The fact that she's still alive is kind of a miracle, but it also shows how tough Shibas are.
Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed, and it's almost as if this dog lives by their culture of respect. If you want a Shiba to listen, you're going to have to put a lot of time and effort into it. I have always had the feeling that a Shiba first has to respect its owner before it can really love them. They're not the cuddly type, so if you're looking for a snuggle buddy, you better go for another breed. This was very hard for me to realize, since I used to have a very loving labrador before.
Although they're pretty small and cute-looking, Shibas are very territorial and dominant. It's hard for them to share a home with other pets, and on walks they often bark at other dogs. When it comes to walks, don't ever unleash your Shiba if it's not properly trained. They have a nasty tendency to run away.
All in all, I love Frey, but we had to work really hard to get there. If you don't feel you need a clingy lap dog, then maybe a Shiba is the dog for you..
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