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.
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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
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 158 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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