Shiba Inu – Dog Breed Of The Month

He is known for his spirited personality, small upright ears, and cat-like agility.

The Shiba Inu dog breed was originally bred to flush birds and small game, and was occasionally used to hunt wild boar. He is one of Japan’s six native breeds: Akita (large), Kishu, Hokkaido, Kai, Shikoku (medium), and Shiba (small). He is known for his spirited personality, small upright ears, and cat-like agility. Today he serves primarily as a companion dog in Japan and the United States.

Vital Stats:

Dog Breed Group:Companion Dogs
Height:1 foot, 1 inch to 1 foot, 5 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight:17 to 23 pounds
Life Span:12 to 16 years

Highlights
  • Grooming is minimal for the Shiba Inu, though he does shed heavily twice a year.
  • The Shiba Inu is an intelligent breed who learns quickly. However, whether he chooses to do what you ask is another matter. First-time dog owners or timid owners may be frustrated by the challenge of training this dog.
  • He’s a small dog, but he’s need plenty of room to romp. The Shiba Inu needs a home with a fenced yard.
  • The Shiba Inu can be aggressive with other dogs and he will chase small animals he perceives as prey.
  • The Shiba Inu tends to be possessive about his toys, food, and turf.
  • To get a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill, or pet store. Look for a reputable breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they’re free of genetic diseases that they might pass onto the puppies, and that they have sound temperaments.
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