Originally bred as a hunting dog, the Shiba Inu is among the world’s oldest breeds and one of six native to Japan. A smaller version of the Akita breed, the name Shiba Inu translates as ‘small dog’ in Japanese and it is a Spitz-type breed characterised by its thick coat, pointed ears and curly tail. Known to be a clean dog, Shiba Inu are very loyal and alert with a strong prey instinct and a knack for escaping from gardens. They make a good choice for the experienced dog owner.
|Size:||Small to medium|
|Coat:||Very thick, double coat|
|Exercise:||1 hour a day|
|Life span:||12-15 years|
|Temperament:||Loyal, alert, independent, lively|
A very confident dog, the Shiba Inu temperament is alert, loyal and lively and they tend to form strong bonds with their owners. However, they can also be quite independent and territorial with a strong hunting instinct.
Plenty of exercise and lots of mental stimulation is very important for any Shiba Inu – not only to avoid boredom but also to help maintain a healthy weight.
Shibas have a very thick, high shedding coat that requires regular attention.
Your Shiba Inu’s nutrition plan should be appropriate for a small but active dog and help them maintain a healthy weight.
A Shiba Inu will make a great canine companion for the right owner. If you’re thinking about welcoming one into your home, here are a few important things to keep in mind.
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Shiba Inus sometimes suffer with epilepsy and are prone to hereditary and congenital conditions. Petplan dog insurance offers peace of mind that they will always be protected.