Shiba Inu

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Is the Shiba Inu right for you?

Species group:

Other name(s): Shiba Ken; Japanese Shiba Inu

The basics:
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

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From Sam Browne Dec 18 2016 10:43AM


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