The Shiba Inu breed is one of the few ancient dog breed that are still in existence around the world today. Shiba Inu breed originated from Japan and it is the smallest of the original six spitz dog breed available. The name Shiba Inu is a dialect from the Nagano prefecture meaning “Little Brushwood Dog”. They were originally bred for hunting and flush small game, such as rabbits and birds even bears. All Shibas lived in mountainous, landlocked parts of Japan and enjoy living outdoors in the cold winter weather. The Shiba breeds are kept as family dogs and are excellent small guard dogs. They look like but smaller than the Akita.
The Shiba Inus are nowadays bred by carefully mixing three strains of Shibas; San’in, the Mino, and the Shinshu. Japanese Shiba breeds are almond shaped and known to be bold and of a good nature. They are very independent dogs that show loyalty and affection to their owners. The Shiba is very clean as they are often seen licking their claws and legs like cats. Shibas are elegant looking; Fox-Like dogs with a very compact, muscular body and do not require pampering.
The Japanese Shiba has its own peculiar mannerisms with cunning intelligence and they sometimes prefer to be nocturnal. The loyalty and reliability of this breed to their owners are common feedbacks from previous owners. It has been said that the characters of this breed suggest the ancient Japanese people; faithful, gentle, affectionate, austere, valiant, and sensitive to the love of their owners.
Shiba Inu breed health conditions may be affected by allergies, luxating patella, cataracts, entropion, glaucoma, and hip dysplasia. Otherwise they generally tend to enjoy good health as long as they are well fed and looked after. It is important to know that not all Shiba Inus will get these diseases. Regular exercise is also very important for their body.
The following are important highlights of the Shiba Inu breed:
- The Shiba Inu breeds are intelligent and learn very quickly. They pose some challenges to their owners or trainers while training them.
- Shiba Inu shed heavily twice a year, so grooming is minimal.
- Owners are required to create more room for the Shiba to play about. A home with fence is most appropriate.
- The Shiba breed is very protective and possessive of their toys and food.
- It is advisable to get your puppies from a reputable breeder with records of veterinary visits and vaccinations.
The Shiba Inu breed are very friendly family dogs and they won’t hurt children as long as they treat them with care and respect. Early training is a great advantage to make them sociable and get along with everyone including other dogs and animals.