The Shiba Inu, also known as Shiba, is a popular breed of small, compact dog that originated in Japan. It belongs to the Non-sporting breed family which is remarkable for their distinct personality and appearance. Shibas have been bred to become small-game hunting dogs. Their double coat is soft and dense underneath, and stiff and straight in the outside. Its colors usually include red, red with some black overlay, sesame paired with red markings, black matched with tan markings, all with a cream, gray or buff undercoat.
Height and Weight
The male members of the Shiba Inu breed typically stand a height of 14 to 16 in, and weigh 18 to 25 lbs. Bitches, on the other hand, are quite smaller. Their height is usually 13 to 15 in, and their weight is 15 to 20 lbs.
Shibas, in general, are alert, confident, and courageous dogs. They are kind, loving, and delightful. They rarely bark and tend to bond really closely with their owners. They breed is known to be well-adjusted; capable of getting along well with children, cats, and other animals. Because they are likely to become reserved with strangers, early socialization training is highly recommended. Shibas are also playful, active, fast, and agile. To keep them from becoming stubborn, handlers have to be strong-minded; capable of leading them with firm but gentle approach. Since Shibas love to chase, they should not be taken off-leash outdoors. Because of the breed’s strong hunting instincts, they should also never be left alone with small animals.
Shiba pets generally need to be brushed every week. The breed tends to shed heavily on a seasonal basis. During their shedding periods, grooming frequency has to be stepped up. To preserve the natural water-proofing of their coat, bathe the dog only when really necessary.
Members of the Shiba Inu breed are generally healthy. They are robust and have an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years. Nonetheless, like any other canine, there are also some health complications associated with the breed. Although rare, Shibas are prone to eye problems, dog allergies, thyroid conditions, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella.
Because Shiba Inu dogs generally require daily exercise; owners are encouraged to give them access to a secure yard. The breed is capable of thriving outdoor life, but they are intolerant with heat. They can do just fine in apartment-living provided that they receive sufficient exercise. Shibas tend to be relatively active indoors, and will perform best with an average yard space. In terms of exercise, the breed is not demanding. They simply have to, at least, be taken for daily walks. With regular exercise, they can become healthier and happier.