Shiba Inu

Updated: June 1, 2017
Shiba Inu

If you are thinking of adopting a shiba inu, whether a puppy or an adult and you need informed on the breed, you have came to the right place. This AnimalWised breed file will offer you all the information you need to know about this beautiful little Japanese dog. Including their character and necessary care.

The shiba inu is one of the oldest Spitz type breeds in the world. Representations in ruins of the 500 dc have been found and its name literally means "small dog". It is a breed that is usually very affectionate with their owners and very adaptable to different environments and families. Some sources claim that they are originally from Korea or South China although popularly attributed to Japanese origin. He is currently one of the most popular companion dogs in Japan.

  • Asia
  • Japan
FCI classification
  • Group V
Physical characteristics
  • 5-14
  • 14-18
  • 18-22
  • 22-27
  • 27-31
  • More than 31
Adult weight
  • 2-7
  • 7-22
  • 22-55
  • 55-100
  • 100-220
Life expectancy
  • 8-10
  • 10-12
  • 12-14
  • 15-20
Recommended physical activity
  • Low
  • Meidum
  • High
Recommended climate
Type of hair
  1. Physical Characteristics of the Shiba Inu
  2. Character and Behavior of the Shiba Inu
  3. How to train a Shiba Inu
  4. Possible diseases in Shiba Inus
  5. Caring for a Shiba Inu
  6. Fun facts

Physical Characteristics of the Shiba Inu

The shiba inu is an agile dog with a robust chest and short hair. Small in size and very similar to akita inu, one of its closest relatives. Although we can see clear differences in their appearance: the shiba inu is much smaller and unlike the akita inu their snout is finer. We also noticed small pointed ears and almond eyes. Of course, they share a much desired attribute: the coiled tail.

Their color care very diverse:

  • Red
  • Red and fire
  • White
  • Cream
  • Seame
  • Red sesame
  • Black sesame

Except for the white shiba inu all other colors are accepted by the Kennel Club. Provided they have the Urajiro feature that consists of showing areas of white hair on cheeks, snout, jaw, abdomen, tail inside and the inside of the legs.

Sexual dimorphism is minimal. Males usually measure about 40 centimeters to the cross and weigh about 11-15 kg in weight. Meanwhile, the female usually measures about 37 centimeters to the cross and weigh between 9 and 13 kilograms.

Character and Behavior of the Shiba Inu

Each dog has particular characteristics and behavioral traits, regardless of its breed. However, we can set some general attributes that usually accompany shiba inu dogs.

They are usually quiet and independent but not always. Since, they are excellent watchdogs that will enjoy patrolling the terrain of the house and warning us in the presence of any intruder. They usually stick to owners who show loyalty and affection. They are somewhat shy with strangers, with whom they will be passive and distant. We can add that they are a somewhat nervous, excitable and playful dog, even a little mischievous.

As for the relations of shiba inu to other dogs, this will depend to a large extent on the socialization they have received. If we have dedicated time to this process we can enjoy a social dog that will coexist with other members of its species without problems.

There is usually controversy over the relationship between the shiba inu and the children. We can affirm that if we educate our dog correctly, there will be no problem. But, being a dog so excitable and nervous we must teach our children how to play and interact with them to avoid any mishaps. It is important to maintain stability within the home, something that will positively affect all members of the household.

How to train a Shiba Inu

To start, you should be clear that when adopting a shiba inu puppy to spend time on the socialization process, to enjoy a sociable dog without fear. It is very important that you keep this in mind before taking them in. It will also be essential to initiate them in basic obedience, which can sometimes be difficult. Always use positive reinforcement during this process. The shiba inu reacts very badly to violence and abuse and can become a scary dog ​​or even bite their owners.

The education of shiba inu is not especially difficult if we devote at least 10-15 minutes a day since they are rather intelligent dogs. This of course requires a dedicated owner and somewhat experienced in basic education and socialization.

We recommend that you fix the rules that apply to the shiba inu: food schedules, walking times, etc. The interpenetration will prevent them from becoming disobedient.

Possible diseases in Shiba Inus

  • Ball joint dislocation
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hereditary defects of the eyes

The life expectancy of this breed is something that is not agreed upon. Some experts mark the age of 15 years, while others make up to 18. Still, we can confirm that one shiba inu lived to 26 years. Of course, providing the proper care and a happy life will greatly increase their life expectancy.

Caring for a Shiba Inu

They are particularly clean dogs that often remind us of a cat and their hygiene. They can spend hours grooming and enjoy being brushed by your closest relatives. Brush your shiba inu 2 or 3 times a week, to eliminate dead hair and also prevent the appearance of insects.

As their hair changes it will be essential to increase the frequency of brushing by providing good nutrition. We recommend bathing them every two months, unless they are especially dirty. This is because the shiba inu has a very thick inner layer of hair that in addition to protecting them, conserves an essential natural fat. Excess water and soap will eliminate this natural protection of the skin. In the cooler times of winter we recommend using dry shampoos to prevent your shiba inu from staying wet for too long.

You should walk them at least 2 or 3 times a day for around 20 to 30 minutes. We also recommend practicing active exercise with them, without using force of course. This will help develop their muscles and relieve stress.

Another thing to keep in mind is that they can accumulate legas, which if left untouched can form an unpleasant tear stain. Discover how to get rid of tear stains on AnimalWised.

In addition to all of the above it will be essential that your dog can enjoy their own bed or toys to relax and bite safely properly. Furthermore, high quality food and good care will result in a healthy, happy and pleasant dog.

Fun facts

  • In the past the Shiba Inu was used as a hunting dog for pheasants or small mammals.
  • The world's longest-living dog, at age 26, was a Shiba Inu who lived in Japan.
  • They were about to disappear on a couple of occasions but the society of Japan prevented this.

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