Shiba-Inu is a small sized dog, much suited for families searching for excellent watchdog and hunter. The breed is aloof of strangers and independent, able to generate intruder warning, even can tackle itself. In family, the dog is loyal and well devoted to owner and caring about his belongings, good with children and other pets which had been introduced in puppyhood. They are very faithful, bold and attentive family companion. They must be kept on leash or in close fenced area when not supervising the activities. They are classified as barkers; housetrain the dog for fairness and obedience in its early age.
A slight longer in length than in height, the Shiba-Inu breed is of small size. The build is somewhat ancient Northern trends of the dog breeds. The body is sturdy and powerful with erected small ears and curved tail. The double coat is dense and hard-penetrating. Soft undercoat and hard, tough and straight outer coat enables the dog to operate in several weather and environmental conditions. Its pacing is brisk, versatile and light with good reach and drive. It expresses the brevity and alertness, exactly matching with its hunting desire.
Apart from its small size, the breed was used to hunt small wild animals including bear, boar and flush bird in the native valleys of Japan. The breed is one of the smallest breeds of ancient Japan. The breed is named after a Japanese work “Shiba", which means “small". Another meaning of the same is “brushwood". The name may be adopted due its ability to hunt in multi-terrain environment. Inu is suffixed having meaning of “dog". The Shiba-Inu breed had to face extinction after Second World War as with other breeds of dog. Extensive breed development and protection program raised the strength to adequate numbers. The breed is gaining popularity in Japan as well as in USA. Officially, Shiba Inu was recognized in 1992 by American Kennel Club. Along with agility and entertainment, the dog is able to serve as guardian, tracker, hunter and watchdog.
Shiba-Inu is a versatile breed compatible with variety of situations. They are very vigorous, daring and attentive dogs which hold the strength, energy and stamina for the activities of daily life, hunter as they are, able to hunt many wild game even comparatively large sized. They are playful and lively simply extraordinarily active in the house. They stay loyal and well devoted to master, willing to serve and happy when on mission. Quite challenging in handling, socialization is yet another tough task for owner. They are packed with energy and did not want to remain lay curled in any corner. Indoors, Shiba-Inu are quite well with older children, however young toddlers should not be trusted without governance. The breed is love sharing towards family members and need noticed in an affectionate way by the owner. Outdoors, they are furious hunters and chasers, daring enough to face wild animals without hesitation and any type of inferiority complex.
The breed is suggested for experienced owners, as it is tough in socialization training. They are dog aggressive and can engage in fights if not socialized. The breed is also not suggested for families having small cats and other rodents, as the dog is extreme chaser, this could probably result in reduction in your pets at home. Another notable point is its dominance, weak hander would be occupied by it, further the dog is possessive towards its playing gears and food, it would not let your children to play with its toys and if any stranger is found playing with its toy, he may get worst response.
The breed is family bonded and wants to be the centre of attraction. They tend to suffer separation anxiety if left alone for longer periods. The get extensive barkers and chewer when left without work. One should manage healthy requirements of its exercise to stimulate its physical and mental satisfaction. Train them well to socialize the dog with other pets during puppyhood and teach command not to bark excessively.
Owner Should Know
The Shiba-Inu is classified as low shedder, usually it sheds twice a year, minimal grooming is required.
Socialization of Shiba-Inu is challenging for new dog owners, one should be consistent and observe patience during training.
Apart from its size, it need healthy amount of exercise daily, two or three rounds of running or walking is recommended.
The dog is aggressive to stranger dogs, it will chase small animals like cats and rats, socialize it from its puppyhood time.
The Shiba-Inu are high barkers, set the level to moderate during housetrain.
They are possessive to its belongings; they will not let you play with their toys and other objects.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeder or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.