Dog Profiles - Description of Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu

Description: The Shiba-Inu, with his outgoing personality, convenient size, and good nature has made him the most common pet in the Japan. Growing in popularity worldwide, it has only been in recent years that he has been seen out of his native land. Though he may be difficult to train, if he is handled with consistent firm training he will respond well. He is not a dog for the faint-hearted as he is a large animal in a small body. Shiba Inus are loyal and possess a good sense of what you are feeling. He needs to have human interaction and should not be left alone in the back yard. He has unique vocal sounds and his bark may sound like a "yodel". He will usually only bark when he has reason.

Height: 13-16 inches

Weight: 18-25 lbs.

Colors: Red, salt and pepper, black, black and tan or white.

Coat: Harsh, straight.

Temperament: Independent, industrious, strong-willed. Good with children if raised with them.Same sex dog aggression is common. Good hunting dog and family pet. Good watch dog and guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary as he has a natural water-proof coat. 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.

Training: Learning Rate: Medium. May display stubbornness at times.

Activity: High, abundant, but not hyperactive.

Living Environment: Family environment with a fenced yard. Can live outdoors or indoors in both hot and cold conditions, but prefers to be with his family.

Health Issues: Hip dysplasia, patella luxation, may retain puppy teeth.

Life Span: 13-16 Years

Litter Size: 2-3

Country of Origin: Japan

History: The oldest native dog of Japan, he dates back to the third century B.C. when he was used as a hunting dog. He almost became extinct in 1952 due to an outbreak of distemper. Today he is growing in popularity ranking 58th.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 5), KC(GB), UKC