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Shiba Inu

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Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu has the look that toy manufacturers try to capture in the teddy bear. This breed looks very much like the Akita. They are small and compact with a pointed face, broad forehead and triangle-shaped ears. They are medium-boned and well muscled. The eyes are small and dark and the teeth should meet in a scissor bite. They come in all colors, including black with tan markings, red, or red with a little black overlay. Cream-colored markings should be on the cheeks, muzzle, throat, above the eyes and on the chest. The dense double coat is similar to that of the Husky. The nose is black. The Spitz-like tail is thick and curled tightly over the back. It is carried tightly in a ring or with a sickle-like curve.

Temperament The Shiba is bold, affectionate, loving, kind, brave and clean. This playful breed is charming and open. They do not bark often and bond closely with their handler. This independent breed may be a bit reserved with strangers but make good companions with children. Early socialization is necessary. They do well with other dogs and cats if they are raised together, but can be aggressive towards same-sex dogs. Do not let this breed around small non-canine pets. They make great travel companions. Keep this breed on their lead. They are easy to housebreak.
Height, Weight Male Height: 14-16" ; Weight: 20-30 lbs.
Female Height: 13-15" ; Weight: 18-28 lbs.
Health Problems A small number in this hardy breed are prone to hip dysplasia, PRA and patellar luxation.
Living Conditions Shibas will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They do best with an average-sized yard. If you have a secure yard, the weather-proof Shiba can live outdoors in the cold or warm weather. But do not leave them alone for too long as they believe that they are part of the family.
Exercise This breed has tremendous endurance and can walk for hours on end. They will adapt to your exercise needs.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed has a clean, stiff, short-haired coat that is easy to groom. Brush with a firm brush to remove dead hair and only bathe when necessary. This breed is a seasonal heavy shedder.
Origin Winding its way through the southern regions, perhaps over land bridges from Korea and China, Shibas originated in the mountainous landlocked areas of Japan where the type has been known for nearly 3,000 years. The Shiba is a result of interbreeding ancient types: the Sanin, the Mino and the Shinshu. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Northern Breed