- Breed Size: Medium
- Height: Female: 33-38 cm, Male: 35-41 cm
- Weight: Female: 8-13 kg, Male: 9-13 kg
- Life Expectancy: 13-16 years
- Learning Rate: Medium
- Country of Origin: Japan
The Shiba Inu is one adorable dog breed with the foxlike feature, small size, plush coat, bright eyes, and the classic orangey color with a cute curly tail. Their name is descriptive, with Shiba meaning “small” and Inu means “dog.” Shibas have a dense and double coat, usually found in black, red, and cream color. Shibas have unique color markings on their chest, belly, inner ears, and legs. In Japan, these markings are termed “Urajiro.”
Unlike other dog breeds, Shibas have unique characteristics for both males and women besides their physical features. A female Shiba Inu is timider than the male. That said, she will be more intelligent and quick in grabbing tricks and learning new ones. Male Shibas, on the other hand, are more active and immediately friendly around strangers. Shiba Inu is known for its high-spirited personality and agility. They are brilliant and affectionate. Their friendly nature makes them great companion dogs, and they are ideal for new pet owners.
Shiba Inu is known for its fierce and bold personality. They are reserved by nature and carry an air of dignity with them, so people also refer to them as cat-like. They are loyal towards their family members but may not be that great and easy with small kids and other pets. Although with proper training and supervision, they will get along quite well with kids, provided the kids are gentle towards them. It’s important to set boundaries for the Shibas as a pet might show some unacceptable behavior such as growling or snapping to protect his food or toys. It is essential to teach them that the other pets at home are their friends.
Shibas have a high energy level and have a solid tendency to bark or howl. They may also yodel to grab their human’s attention. They must be involved in some mental stimulation games or exercises to not waste their energy in unnecessary barking or howl. That said, Shibas can be a bit stubborn when it comes to training. They idolizes the idea of independence and obedience. It is always a great idea to seek advice from a professional trainer, know Shiba’s boundaries, and make training effective.
The Shiba Inu is an old dog breed that originated in Japan around 300 BC. They are the smallest of all Japanese dog breeds. Shibas belonged to one of the six clans of dog breeds: Akita Inu, Hokkaido Inu, Kai Ken, Kishu Ken, Shikoku Ken, and Shiba Inu. In the 1920s, the breed was called Shiba Inu and was declared to be one of the precious natural products of Japan in 1936.
It is said that besides having this status, the Shiba Inu was near extinct during the Second World War. Post-war, there were only three remaining lines of Shiba Inus. Then the breed was also affected by distemper, which threatened the lives of several Shibas. To save them from total extinction, a breeding program was initiated. The program began by combining two different types of Shibas – the outcome characteristics and features of which can be seen in the Shibas of today. In 1954, the Shiba was brought to America, and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1993; since then, the Shiba has garnered all love from dog lovers.