A Snippet on Shiba Inus
Native to Japan, the Shiba Inu is a small, fox-like dog with a bold and oftentimes fiery personality. Shiba Inus are very intelligent and headstrong, giving them a reputation for being a bit stubborn. Despite their stubbornness, they are very loyal to their owners and families, and they love to be perceived as the “boss”.
Ranging from 15-23 pounds, Shiba Inus are great house dogs and are usually calm indoors but love to exercise, especially outside. These canines also make excellent watchdogs, as they are very alert and love to defend their territory, however, they are oftentimes vocal and may even bark more than other breeds—something to consider for apartment dwellers.
Shiba Inus are beautiful dogs, ranging in colors from red, blonde, and even black and tan. Their kind eyes and curled, fluffy tails perfectly match their good-natured personalities. This breed is also known for being very clean with minimal “dog odor” and even spends time cleaning themselves and each other. Though they don’t require much grooming, they do blow their coats twice a year, but weekly brushing can help combat the moderate shedding throughout the year.
Taking Care of Your Shiba Inu
Shiba Inus make wonderful companions, but while they are quick learners, training them often requires patience due to their strong-willed personalities. Shibas should also always remain on a leash when not at home or in a fenced area as they tend to chase smaller animals they see as prey and can be aggressive towards other dogs.
Shibas are great family dogs, but proper socialization starting at a young age is important, especially if they will be around children or other pets. Whether its a daily walk or jog, or a game of fetch in the backyard, daily exercise is important for Shibas to stay healthy. Due to their short stature and active nature, Shiba Inus are prone to canine hip dysplasia, but yearly vet visits should ensure your pup is in tip-top shape.
If a Shiba Inu sounds like the perfect companion for you, there are many rescues across the country with adoptable dogs, including the Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue and the Shiba Inu Rescue Association. You can also visit the National Shiba Club of America to find reputable breeders in your area.
If you are looking for a smaller dog that is ready for any adventure, then a Shiba Inu could be your perfect match!