HISTORY OF THE RACE: The Shiba Inu is the smallest of all native Japanese breeds; it has existed in the Japanese region of Sanin for centuries. Shiba Inu bones of more than 2500 years old have been found in the excavations.
The Shiba Inu, Japan’s most popular autochthonous dog, is also increasing its numbers in Australia, Europe and North America. Previously there was a trend towards poorly developed dentures in adulthood, but this was corrected through careful selective breeding. Like the Basenji, the Shiba rarely barks, and prefers to scream in an extraordinary way. This lovely breed, robust and rather independent, is ideal for someone with experience and patience.
The Shiba Inu is a confident, brave and bold dog, always alert, friendly and trained. It is a clean breed, most of them try to avoid puddles, and are relatively easy to educate. They do not bark much, they are playful. A well-trained and balanced Shiba Inu will behave well with children, other dogs and cats.
It is important to socialize the dog from a very early age, as they are distrustful of strangers. If the Shiba Inu is not completely convinced that its owner is the leader of the pack, it can become a dog stubbornly stubborn and will believe that it can establish its own rules. The owner must have good communication with the dog. It is a dog with a natural hunting instinct, so we should not leave it loose in places where there are small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, rodents or small birds. Care must be taken when we leave them without a leash, because as they like to hunt, if their owner is not firm enough and does not have the necessary authority on the dog, he will consider that he can leave whenever he wants.
It is a dog that takes well to the trips. The most important thing is to establish ourselves as leaders of the pack, to treat the dog in a consistent way and to make sure that it is exercised enough to avoid behavior problems.
The Shiba Inu is a small, compact breed. The head is provided with the body. The snout is round and has a moderate stop that narrows towards the nose. The lips are tight and like the nose, they are black. The teeth are closed in the form of scissors. The sunken eyes are dark and triangular in shape. The edges of the eyes are also black. The ears are triangular, erect and small in proportion to the rest of the body. The front legs are straight. The spurs are usually removed. The tail is thick at the base and carries on its back in the form of a ring or sickle.
The Shiba Inu is prone to hip dysplasia and dislocations in the patella.
It is a breed that will be fine if we live in an apartment or on a flat, that if you should exercise enough. It is quite active indoors and although it will be better if we have a small patio. The coat is waterproof and adapts to all types of climates, both warm and cold, so you can live outdoors if we have a yard of a more or less average size. However, this dog likes to be inside the house with his family, since he likes to consider himself part of it.
The Shiba Inu is a dog that is not demanding, adapts to the circumstances whenever we take a daily walk. He is a very active dog, who will be better physically and will be happier with regular exercise. Another characteristic of this breed is that it can walk and walk for hours and hours, as it has great resistance.
COATING AND CARE:
The Shiba Inu has a stiff and coarse coat that is easy to care for and keep clean. We must brush the coat with a brush of hard bristles to remove dead hair and bathe it only when absolutely necessary as it has a natural impermeable layer and if we bathe a lot we can spoil it. At the time of mounting the Shiba Inu lose a lot of hair.
Country of origin: Japan.
First function: smaller hunting.
Current function: company.
Life expectancy: 12-13 years.
Weight: 8-10 kg.
Height: 35-41 cm.