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Shiba Inu

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Shiba Inu AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Height: Male: 14-16 inches, Female: 13-15 inches
Weight: Male: 18-25 pounds, Female: 15-20 pounds
Colors: Black and tan, red and red sesame
AKC recognized in: 1992

The Shiba Inu is a small dog bred to hunt in the wild; flushing out birds or helping to find small wild game, bears and boars. Today, however, it is a family pet dog adored by many people all over the world. It is also the smallest of the Japanese bred dog. Its name was taken from two words, Shiba for small or brushwood and Inu for dog. Brushwood in Japan turns red in autumn and, thus, the dog is sometimes called as the "Little Brushwood Dog".

Japan is the country of origin of the Shiba Inu, where the ancient dogs still exist today. It was originally used as a watchdog and a hunting dog. It moves with agility and has keen senses. The breed almost disappeared during World War II due to bombing raids and the post-war distemper epidemic. After the war, three bloodlines were combined to produce what the Shiba Inu is now today.

It has a body frame that shows well-developed muscles. Its ears are triangular in shape and follow the slant of the arch of its head. It has somewhat triangle-shaped eyes that are deep set whose rims are black and the iris is dark brown. Its tail is curled and carried over the back.

A loud scream that is high-pitched is the peculiar "shiba scream" that this dog emits whenever it disapproves of something in the way it is being handled or when it is excited to find its owner back home after being away for some time.


Shiba Inu Summary
Affection two paws
Cold Tolerance three paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements two paws
Friendliness : Children two paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets two paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness two paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

It is always safe to keep the Shiba Inu on the leash because of its natural instinct to run after a prey unless it is kept in an enclosed area and can be restrained by its owner. The dog is described to have spirited boldness or that it has the energy and drive to do what it aims to achieve.

The Shiba Inu can housebreak itself because of its natural desire to keep itself clean. Putting the dog out after mealtimes and naps makes it understand that it is being trained for toileting. It is independent-minded and has habits like the cat. It will avoid stepping on puddles, getting dirty, or being stuck in mud. It licks its legs and paws to keep itself clean.

Health and Exercise

The Shiba Inu has an average lifespan of 12-15 years. The Shiba Inu has a very healthy and strong genetic makeup. However, it is still prone to some unavoidable health risks like glaucoma, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and cataracts. It needs the daily or regular walks as a means of exercise and to reduce the risks of health problems that are acquired from prolonged inactive lifestyle.

The joints of the dog develop after two years of age. This is important to have the joints checked by the canine specialist if the joints of the dog are already developed. Yearly veterinarian visits to have the dog's eyes checked is advisable.

Its grooming needs are not that many. The Shiba Inu keeps itself clean and so little additional brushing every day is recommended. There is no need for regular bathing for this dog because its coat is naturally waterproof. Shedding happens every change of season and this comes as a problem during the summer season. But, during the winter season, the coat protects the dog from the extreme cold and there is no shredding of hair or what is known as coat blowing.

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