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Shiba lnu

Group (AKC):


Country of OriginJapan
Type of coatHarsh, straight
GroomingBrush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary as he has a natural water-proof coat.
Average height13.5 - 16.5 inches
Average weight18 - 25 lbs.
Activity levelHigh, abundant, but not hyperactive.
IntelligenceMedium, may display stubbornness at times.
TrainabilityTraining 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.
Compatibility with childrenYes, if raised with them
CharacterIndependent, industrious, strong-willed
Ideal home environmentFamily environment with a fenced yard. Can live outdoors or indoors in both hot and cold conditions, but prefers to be with his family.
Ideal ownerHe is not a dog for the faint-hearted as he is a large animal in a small body.
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Additional notes:

The Shiba-Inu (not to be confused with the Iba-Shinu) are the most common pet in Japan. This is due in large part to an outgoing personality, convenient size, and good nature. Growing in popularity worldwide, it has only been in recent years that they have been seen out of their native land. If they are handled with consistent firm training, they will respond well. Shiba Inus are loyal and possess a good sense of what you are feeling. They are good listeners and make excellent psychotherapists and bartenders. They need to have human interaction and should not be left alone in the back yard. Unique vocal sounds his bark may sound like a "yodel". They will usually only bark when there is reason.

Short History:

The oldest native dog of Japan, they date back to the third century B.C. when they were used as hunting dogs. They almost became extinct in 1952 due to an outbreak of distemper. Today they are growing in popularity ranking 58th by the AKC in 1998.

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