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Shiba Inu


General Information - Shiba Inu


Group:
Utility

Size:
medium

Lifespan:
12-15 years

Exercise:
medium

Grooming:
medium

Trainability:
low

Watchdog ability:
very high

Protection ability:
medium

Area of Origin:
Japan

Date of Origin:
ancient times

Other Names:
Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog

Original Function:
hunting and flushing small game



History

The Shiba Inu originated in Japan around 1000 BC, making it a grand old breed. It was first used for hunting small game, and to trail larger game such as dear, boar and bear. Similar in style to the much larger Akita, its name translates from the Japanese as "small dog." Until 1920, they were considered one breed, the "Japanese Dog" and were divided according to size. Now they have separate registration.

Temperament

The Shiba Inu is an independent and strong-willed dog breed who requires consistent training. Affectionate and loyal to its owners, the Shiba Inu can be initially reserved with strangers. The Shiba Inu may not do well with cats and other small pets.

Upkeep

The Shiba Inu needs a daily workout, either in the form of a vigorous game in the yard, a long walk or a good run in a safe area. It can live outdoors in temperate or cool climates, given warm shelter, but it does best when allowed to divide its time between inside and out. Its double coat needs brushing one or two times weekly, more when shedding.