- SIZE: 3
- GROOMING:: 5
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 5
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 4
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Shiba-Inu
- COLOR(S):All colors are approved.
The Shiba Inu is a small, compact, agile furry dog that looks like a miniature Akita. Its outgoing personality, convenient size, and good nature have made it the most common pet in the Japan. This is not a dog for the faint-hearted as it is a large animal in a small body. This dog needs to have human interaction and should not be left alone in the back yard. Unique vocal sounds its bark may sound like a "yodel". It will usually only bark when it has reason.
The Shiba Inu is an alert, lively and bold dog; it is independent, but affectionate and loving. This dog is kind, trainable, and clean; it is easy to housebreak because it is naturally fastidious. It is playful, agile, and fast. The Shiba Inu is confident, fearless and courageous. It makes a good companion to children. It is charming and open. It may be a bit reserved with strangers; it makes a good watchdog. It needs a firm, consistent handler. Socialization at an early age is a must. It does well with other dogs and cats if it is raised with them from puppyhood, though it tends to be aggressive with members of the same sex. Don\'t trust this dog around other small pets such as rodents and small birds; big birds such as parrots may be okay. This dog is not usually reliable off-leash. The Shiba Inu is an undemanding dog that will adapt to your circumstances. However it is a very active dog and will be healthier and happier with regular exercise. This little dog has tremendous endurance; it can walk for hours on end.
Harsh, straight, clean, coarse, stiff, short-haired coat. It is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush to remove the dead hair and bathe only when absolutely necessary as it removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. The waterproof, all-weather coat protects the dog in both cold and hot conditions. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedde.
Hip dysplasia, eye problems, heart problems, patellar luxation, and they may retain their puppy teeth.
Needs plenty of exercise by daily walks or space to run. Training should be understanding, not harsh physical training methods. It is recommended that you take young Shibas to obedience classes for socialization and training and to prevent aggression towards other dogs.
Learning Rate: Medium. Obedience - Medium. Shibas may display stubbornness at times. Problem Solving - High.