Shiba Inu

About the Breed

The Shiba Inu is a small, independent, and loyal dog that hails from Japan. This friendly pooch is highly popular for its alert and active nature, making them an ideal companion for those looking for a loyal and loving companion. Temperament The Shiba Inu has a strong temperament with an independent spirit. They are courageous yet gentle and make excellent watchdogs. The breeds strong will can sometimes lead to stubbornness if not trained properly. Thus, early socialization and obedience training are essential to teach them proper behavior and prevent any behavioral issues in the future. Ideal Owner This breed is ideal for those who have experience owning dogs or have the time to train them as they require consistent training in order to behave correctly around people or other dogs. They are also well suited for owners who have plenty of time to spend with them as they need regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. Owners should be prepared to provide the Shiba Inu with daily walks, playtime, interactive toys, and lots of mental stimulation such as puzzles or activities in order to keep their minds active. History The Shiba Inu is one of Japan's oldest breeds dating back several centuries ago when it was used mostly as a hunting dog by the local hunters of Japans mountainous regions. Originally bred from wild dogs like Akitas, these intelligent dogs were used primarily as hunting companions due to their keen sense of smell which helped the hunters find prey more easily than other breeds could manage at that time period. After World War II nearly wiped out all native Japanese breeds including the Shiba Inu's ancestors; this breed was almost extinct but luckily was able rescue by crossbreeding with other breeds like German Shepherds in order create what we now know today as the modern day Shiba Inu! Healthy Weight And Important Health Checks The average weight range for a healthy adult male Shiba Inu is between 17-23 pounds while female adults weigh between 15-20 pounds on average depending on height, bone structure, age etc.. As far as health checks go; regular vet visits are always recommended regardless of breed but some important health tests specific to this particular breed include hip dysplasia screenings (or OFA certified evaluations) eye exams (done regularly)and elbow dysplasia screenings (also done regularly). Additionally; since this breed does shed quite heavily twice a year brushing should be done twice weekly at least during those times in order keep shedding under control! In conclusion; The Shiba Inu is an intelligent independent dog that requires patience when it comes to training but makes up for it through its loyal companionship once fully trained! With their strong sense of smell they make great watchdogs while also being gentle enough around people when properly socialized from puppyhood onwards - they can also be quite agile so plenty of physical activity will be necessary in addition mental stimulation such as interactive toys or activities etc.. Be sure adhere strict health checks such hip dysplasia screenings, eye exams, elbow dysplasia screenings, ensure your pup stays healthy throughout life!

Healthy weight:

15-24 lbs

Recommended Food

Medium or Large breed dog food such as Royal Canin Golden Retriever or Hills Science Diet

Breed Colors

  • Red
  • Cream
  • Sesame
  • Black & Tan
  • Silver & Red
  • Red & Black
  • Black & Tan Variegated
  • Cream & Red
  • Cream & White
  • Sesame & White
  • White & Black

Ideal for owners that

  • Patient
  • Active
  • Loving
  • Dedicated
  • Attentive
  • Flexible
  • Consistent

Health Considerations

  • Skin allergies
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Cherry eye
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
  • Epilepsy
  • Bloat
  • Allergies

This breed may be cute, but these are some of their common health issues to be aware of.

Temperment & Skills

AlertLoyalGood NaturedBoldIndependentConfidentIntelligentPlayful

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