The Shiba InuThe Shiba Inu is also known as: Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog
|Group classification: Non-Sporting||Country of origin: Japan||Date of origin: Antiquity|
|Weight (M): 23 lb||Height (M): 15 - 17"||Life expectancy: 13 - 15 years|
|Weight (F): 17 lb||Height (F): 14 - 16"|
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General Description of the Shiba Inu
The smallest of the native Japanese breeds, the Shiba Inu projects power and confidence. Its moderately sized head is defined by a broad and flat forehead, round, full muzzle and small, triangular, pricked ears. Deep set and upward slanting dark brown eyes give a confident, friendly expression. The nose, lips, and rims of eyes are black, and the bite scissors with strong, evenly aligned teeth. A straight back, deep chest with moderately sprung ribs and a tucked-up abdomen give the impression of force and agility, echoed in the straight forelegs and strong hind legs naturally held wide. The dog's strong, high tail is held in a curled or sickled position. The Shiba Inu has a soft, thick undercoat with a stiff, straight topcoat, and the hair on the face, ears and legs is short. The breed standard details specific cream-colored marking requirements, but in general the Shiba Inu may be bright orange-red, black with tan, and red with black tipped hairs.
Shiba Inu Temperament
The Shiba Inu is good natured, spirited, bold and dignified. Though sometimes reserved around strangers, earning this dog’s respect will win affection. The Shiba Inu is usually good with children but does not tolerate mistreatment. Socialization as a puppy will instill patience and tolerance in the dog. It can be aggressive with other dogs, especially of the same sex, and while it can live with other pets if raised with them from puppyhood, the Shiba Inu is generally not to be trusted around small animals. Intelligent and independent, this breed can be difficult to train and may adopt a selfish and headstrong attitude. The Shiba Inu is meticulously clean, often preening and even avoiding puddles when walking, so housebreaking should be fairly easy; in some cases, the dog housebreaks itself.
Caring for a Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is a hardy breed and will adapt to its living circumstances. It will be fine in an apartment if it is exercised moderately, but it does best with a yard. It should be given a chance to enjoy open spaces from time to time. The endurance of the Shiba Inu is exceptional, so it will do well on long walks. Its all-weather coat allows it to live well outdoors in moderate to cold weather. However, because it bonds closely with its owner, it is happier living inside with an attentive family. This dog can be stubborn and mischievous, so owners should provide a playpen and a kennel. The Shiba Inu is a seasonally heavy shedder, and requires brushing two or three times a week even when not shedding. Bathe only when absolutely necessary to maintain the natural weather-proofing of the coat.
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