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Shiba Inu Breed Information
A member of the non-sporting group and originally bred in Japan as hunting dogs, the Shiba is a fairly new breed to the United States. The Shiba Inu arrived in 1954, after spending more than two thousand years in Japan as a popular companion and hunter.
A member of the non-sporting group and originally bred in Japan as hunting dogs, the Shiba is a fairly new breed to the United States. The Shiba Inu arrived in 1954, after spending more than two thousand years in Japan as a popular companion and hunter. Typically the Shiba Inu will stand between 12 - 16 inches tall and weigh 15 - 28 pounds. The Shiba is an independent, aloof breed with very cat-like cleanliness behaviors. The breed is known to housebreak fairly easily due to their fastidious personality.
The Shiba is a small dog which many say resembles a small Akita or fox. The breed is quiet, sweet albeit a bit stubborn, willful, and adaptable to a multitude of lifestyles. Requiring little room to thrive, he does well in city living due to his quiet personality and lack of yap. He is devoted to his special person, and wants nothing more than to be around you, yet he is not a needy dog. The breed does well with an owner that sets firm boundaries and provides positive training methods as well as early socialization to ensure a well-rounded dog of good character.
The coat of the Shiba is short, thick, and soft. It is easy to care for by brushing along with the occasional bath. Shedding is minimal. Colors include red, sesame, cream, black/tan. Average lifespan is 12 - 16 years.
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