What Is A Shiba Inu?

Among the dog breeds in the world today, a Shiba Inu that is considered to be of the ancient type of dogs. While this native Japanese canine makes is one of the smallest dogs from the country, it makes for a great pet because of certain traits that it possesses. While dogs can be naturally loyal, Shiba Inus possess devotion to their owners in a way that makes them ideal for family dogs that will always be by your side.

Other qualities of Shiba Inus make them really admirable pets. These are the following traits that make them stand out from the other breeds:

  •          Intelligent
  •          Bold
  •          Active
  •          Good Natured
  •          Dignified
  •          Calm
  •          Beautiful
  •          Loyal
  •          Affectionate
  •          Loving
  •          Delightful
  •          Playful
  •          Strong Agile

These traits make Shiba Inus remarkable dogs and pets. One of their most revered qualities would be a regal bearing, simply because they have been raised in Japan and the Japanese are quite a proud people. This means that training Shiba Inus to follow certain orders can prove to be quite troublesome.  Approaching such a matter in an expert way can lead you to actually training them to become really efficient, and they will become good pets when they end up as adults that will be able to lend to easy training and teaching.

History of the Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are one of the fourteen ancient breeds of dog, with studies showing that they have been in existence from way back to the 3rd Century BC. These dogs, because they are strong and agile, were greatly utilized by the Japanese when it came to hunting, making them one of the best canine candidates when it came to hunting and flushing small games.

Their existence dwindled though during World War II though, when bombing raids as well as post war distemper came all across Japan. A few dogs of this breed have managed to survive, which is why the remaining dogs of this breed were taken from three remaining bloodlines of Shiba Inus. While the mixture of these dog’s lineages has actually led to a number of Shiba Inu dogs in the world today, the study of Japanese dogs in the mid-20th century allowed for a rise in the formalization and classification of this dog breed in to one type. This resulted in the Shiba Inus that are made for pets today, and the animal has been recognized as one of the dogs that are being preserved by the Nippo (Nihon Ken Hozonkai), which is the Association for the Preservation of the Japanese Dog.

Raising a Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus can be great pets for any household, and having one for the home will certainly please families. Because of their loyalty, families are sure to find a new member that will be devoted to them for the rest of its life.

While such loyalty can be quite touching, people should exercise great care when it comes to raising Shiba Inus. It is important to socialize Shiba Inus at an early age, mainly because they can end up being unfamiliar with people and exposure to such can cause them to get excited and react unexpectedly.

Shiba Inus might be the smallest dogs of the other six breeds from Japan, but they are big enough that they can cause potential harm to children when they have not been properly socialized to mingle with them. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you are able to expose them to children as well as a great number of people, so your Shiba Inu will end up domesticated and fun to be with.

Guide To Shiba Inu Puppies

Shiba Inu puppies melted the hearts of many people when a viral video of a Shiba Inu (Mari) and her three puppies was spread across the internet. They became famous for saving an old man and his granddaughter under the planks of wood from their collapsed house because of the 2004 Niigata earthquake.

The Shiba is considered the smallest of all Japanese dog breeds. Yet, despite its size, the Shiba Inu is known for its excellent hunting skills. Believe it or not, the small and brushwood dog was built for hunting bears and boars. The breed almost went obsolete when the World War II occurred but some breeders were able to rescue the Shiba. Today, it is one of the most popular household breeds in Japan. Its versatility is impeccable. This breed wears many hats ranging from being a watchdog, guard dog, show dog, companion dog, hunting dog, etc.

The most prominent feature of Shiba Inu puppies is the fluffy and straight coat. The Shiba Inu actually has two coats. The undercoat is soft and thick while the outer coat is stiff and straight. You will see Shiba Inus in several coat colors black with tan markings, sesame with red markings, cream, red, or red with hints of black. Shiba Inus definitely have markings on their cheeks, muzzles, throat, chest, and underside. Their muzzles are round and narrow toward the nose, their lips tight, triangle ears erect, and their eyes triangular. Their tails are very distinct because they curl over the back. Their body structure is very compact.

The earthquake video may have portrayed the Shiba Inu as compassionate, courageous, and loyal. While these characteristics are true, it takes a good deal of training to mold Shiba Inu puppies. This breed is known for its strong and alpha personality. Needless to say, you should expect the Shiba to be stubborn. In fact, this breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners because improper handling may cause the Shiba to be domineering and destructive. It’s important to train Shiba Inu puppies firmly and as soon as possible. Establish that the human is the leader in the master-dog relationship. Shibas are very loyal dogs so expect them to be a little reserved with strangers. Towards an effective master, this breed is very loving, courageous, kind, playful, and alert. If you decide to keep a Shiba Inu, only keep one breed in the house because Shibas tend to rule over other dogs. Don’t mix them with small animals because the hunter in them will only be harmful to the smaller pets.

You can keep Shiba Inu puppies in apartments as long as they get moderate exercise regularly. Be wary of hip dysplasia and patellar luxation with this breed. Shiba Inus are social dogs so maintain a health and loving relationship with your puppies. While they are not hyperactive dogs, Shiba Inus certainly appreciate physical activity. They’re remarkably smart so keep their minds alert with training and activities. Start obedience training as early as 4 months. Shibas tend to become destructive when they’re bored.