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Shiba Inu

The most popular dog in Japan! (other names: Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Japanese Small Size Dog)

Shiba Inu
origin:Japan
date origin:Antiquity
life expectancy:13 years
classification:Non-sporting
height:35 to 40 cm
weight:9 to 14 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Difficultin/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

One of the ancients dog breeds, the Shiba Inu is bred in Japan since 300/500 b.C.

The origins of the name of this breed are unclear. “Inu” means dog in Japanese and “Shiba” can be either mean “red shrub” or “small”. So, the name “Shiba” could have been given because of its color, red could have been the most common at the time, because of its hunting skills, since they were used to hunt in shrubs, or because of its mall size, being the shorter one amongst the Japanese breeds.

The Shiba Inu is now a very popular breed in Japan but during the Second World War, its numbers decreased dramatically putting it on verge of extinction. There were at that time three distinct bloodlines of Shiba Inus in Japan and they had to be crossed to assure the survival of the specie. 

Shiba Inu have been gaining popularity world wide and have been exported to Australia, Europe and North America. 
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Temperament [ edit ]

Intelligent, independent and willful are the traits of the Shiba Inu temperament. This is an energetic dog, good for hunting small game.

The Shiba Inu is not easy to train, he gets easily bored and distracted, but he isn´t difficult to housebreak, since he is very clean and it won´t be necessary long sessions explaining him how things work as hygiene concerns.

This breed can be aggressive with other dogs, especially of the same sex. They are sociable, but a bit wary of strangers. They make great watchdogs, since they tend to bark.

These dogs adapt themselves easily to their environment and can live both in cold or hot conditions, due to their weather-proof coat however, cold weather fits him better. They can live in an apartment if exercised, but they do better with a yard. They like to live indoors with the family. 
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General appearance [ edit ]

Much like Akita, only smaller, the Japanese Shiba Inu has 35 to 41 cm and 8 to 10 kg. The body structure of the Shiba Inu is similar to Akita´s, since they both have hooked ears, curled tail, deep chest and compact and muscled body.

The Shiba Inus have two coats of hair, being the outer stiff and straight. Urajiro or cream markings need to be present in specific parts of the dog´s body, especially on the belly. The other colors permitted are bright orange-red, black with tan, and red with black tipped hairs.    
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Health [ edit ]

Shiba Inus need to be groomed two to three times a week. They shed heavily two times a year, but outside those periods they shed little to nothing.

The bath should always be avoided and only be given if absolutely necessary, because of their protective coat.

These dogs are hardy and don´t have any especial medical concerns. However prudence advises to keep an eye on problems like: patellar luxation or hip dysplasia. 
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