The Shiba Inu Dog Breed

The Shiba Inu dog breed is of Japanese origin that has gained popularity in North America over the past few decades. They have been used in earlier times as hunting dogs used to flush out small game and birds.

Even though they have been used as hunters, the Shiba-Inu is part of the non sporting dog breed group of dogs.

Personality and Attitude

The Shiba is a tough little dog that is known for its independence and stubborn streak. They love being outdoors and will keep quite busy while outside. They can be quite adventurous so it is best to keep them on leash or in a fenced area. They are fairly affectionate with their owners and a little reserved towards strangers and other dogs.

They can be territorial as well and therefore make a good watchdog. They are not afraid to bark to protect their territory. Unfortunately some bark at nearly anything.

Size and appearance

This is a small breed of dog standing just 13 to 17 inches tall and weighing up to 25 pounds.

They are recognizable for their short, thick coat that is usually red or black and tan with a white underside. They have small upright rectangular ears and a thick tail that curls up over its back.

Health and Lifespan

The Shiba is known to suffer from knee problems or cataracts. In general they are healthy dogs that live up to 15 years if given the right care.

Where to Get This Breed?

Shiba Inu’s might be found at rescues. If not, you probably have to go to a breeder to get one. Just make sure you go to a reputable breeder and take your time in deciding if this (or any dog) is the right breed for you.

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