Japanese Shiba Inu Dog Breed
- General Appearance:
- The Shiba Inu has a thick double coat. Outercoat should remain stiff and straight. The undercoat should be soft and thick. This breed has bushy hair on its tail and its hind legs.
- Other Names:Brushwood Dog (Shiba Inu in Japanese), Japanese Small-Size Dog,Shiba Ken.
- Country Of Origin:Japan
- Dog Group Kennel Club:Non-Sporting
- The Shiba Inu is intelligent, alert, and makes a good alarm dog at times. This breed can be prone to barking. This breed can prove to be a handful if not handled by an experienced owner as they tend to be willful.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.
- Light, quick and energetic.
- Care and training:
- The Shiba Inu has a coat that is fairly easy to groom. Rubber brushing does well with the coat of this dog to remove dead and loose hair. Seasonally a heavy shedder, many owners rely on regular professional grooming to keep shedding to a minimum. Do not bathe this dog regularly as it will remove the waterproofing this breed retains. Needs plenty of exercise by daily walks or space to run.
This intelligent dog is pretty easy to housebreak, but obedience training should start at a young age. Being that this dog is high energy, they require a firm handler, and can be stubborn at times.
- Overall Exercise:
- 20-40 minutes
Needs plenty of exercise by daily walks or space to run.
- Feeding Requirements:
- Easy and non fussy dogs to feed. Th ey do not have a large appetite.
- Personal Protection:
- Suitability As Guard Dog:High
- Level of Aggression:
- Compatibility With Other Animals:Medium
- Suitability for Children:High
- Often Docked?No
- Average Litter Size:2-3
- Life Expectancy (yrs):13-16
- Health issues:
- Hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart problems, patellar luxation, and they may retain their puppy teeth
- The oldest native dog of Japan, the Shiba-Inu dates back to the third century B.C. when they were used as a hunting dog. They hunted ground birds and small game, and occasionally went out for a wild boar. Their name means "brushwood dog" in Japanese. This may be because they would hunt near this type of brushwood shrub, or for the color of the plant relating to the deep red color of the breed. Shiba Inus were developed to have the shape of eyes they have today, love and affection for their master, and the deep red color they carry. Shiba Inus are thought to have come from the interbreeding of the Sanin, Mino, and Shinshu. The breed is and has been very popular in Japan for years. Bred for the outdoors, they naturally enjoy the cold weather and some Japanese owners used to put their dogs on ice and blow fans on them in a belief that it would grow a fine coat.