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Some FAQs about Shiba Inu​

Shiba Inu dogs can cost you between $1,200 to $2,500 when purchased from breeders and up to $3,000 to import the puppies from Japan. Furthermore, it will cost about $1,600 to $2,000 every year for maintenance which includes food, health care, grooming, and many other costs.

A Shiba Inu can be a good dog for a first time owner if they are well trained and well socialized. But, owning a Shiba Inu is not as easy as owning a Labrador Retriever or Golden Retriever.

When it comes to the lifespan of Shiba Inu, it is often said that the average lifespan of a healthy Shiba Inu is around 13 to 16 years.

Shibas are extremely people-oriented and require a good amount of love and attention from their owners to be happy. They do best as house dogs. Shibas are very clean. … Shibas can be very good when raised with children, although it is extremely important to teach children how to behave around dogs.

Most seasoned Shiba Inu owners recommend male Shiba Inus for first time Shiba Inu owners. Male Shibas tend to be more outgoing, affectionate / playful, and easier to handle. … However, female Shiba Inus are quite the intellectuals and can be trained to do amazing things with the right attitude and methods.

Originally bred as a Japanese mountain dog, Shiba Inus carry two layers of fur; a stiff, straight outer coat and a thick, soft undercoat. They shed their coats moderately throughout the year and heavily twice a year

The Akita dog protects its family. Because of its fighting dog background, it can be aggressive toward other dogs. The Shiba Inu, on the other hand, is often more tolerant of other dogs. And if you live in a smaller space or a shared environment — like in an apartment building — the Shiba Inu is better suited to adapt

Shiba Inu coat colors have four variants; red, black and tan, sesame and cream. The red Shiba Inu coat is the preferred color in the show rings as well as the most popular color out of the four. The black and tans and sesame Shiba Inus are also popular colors though true sesames are rare.

Red is not only the most common color; it’s also the most desirable, especially in award shows. Red is likely the original color, and it gives the dog a foxlike appearance.

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*Please Note: It is difficult to know which breeder is trustworthy when you are in another country. But fortunately there are reputable associations that can guarantee the quality of breeders who are members of their association. These can be mentioned as Japan Kennel Club – JKC, The Kennel Club of Japan – KC or Nihonken Hozonkai – 日保 and many other associations (JABC, JCC, ICC, CPRO, JCU, KCP, ACC, CCJ, KCC, NMSA, WCA, JMSA, ZCC). Dogs and Cats sold by breeders belonging to these associations are always accompanied by a pedigree certificate.

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Shiba Inu

Japan’s smallest hunting dog, the Japanese Shiba Inu is a “national treasure” and has been known in its native country for hundreds of years. Bold and lively, the Japanese Shiba Inu makes a happy family dog. However, it can be unreliable with other pets, if not socialized early on, and needs to have its hunting instinct controlled outdoors.

The Breed History

This is an ancient breed, thought to have its origins in the rugged mountains of Japan over 5000 years ago. The Shiba Inu was formally named and recognized in 1920. The smallest of the Japanese dog breeds, they are named accordi

ngly; small (shiba) dog (inu). Another theory is that shiba refers to the red color of the brushwood bushes in which they often hunted; many of the breed specimens are also red in color. In the 1940s Shiba became very rare, such that only three lines remained in Japan. These were used to diligently revive the breed. First dogs were exported to America in 1954. The breed was registered in AKC first in 1992.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers:
Female 13.5-15.5” (34-39 cm)
Male 14.5-16.5” (36.83-42 cm).

Females 17 lb (7.5 kg)
Males 23 lb (10.5 kg).

Coat: The double coat has a thick, dense, short undercoat of buff, grey or cream pigmentation; outer coat is straight and hard, with white to cream in specified pattern. This light outer coat pigment pattern is present with all three primary coat colors: Red, Sesame, and Black and Tan. Sesame is a black tipped coat with red asprimary hair shaft color.

Longevity: 12-15 years

Recognized Behavior Issues and Traits

Reported characteristics of the breed include: Loyal, a good watchdog, bold, independent, often have inter-dog aggression; specially inter-male, possessing a dominant personality, good at escaping fences by digging or jumping, aloof with strangers, low barking tendency (high pitched sound), and early socialization and obedience training is essential. They are considered good with children if raised with them. They tolerate heat and cold well, have moderate exercise needs, are easily housetrained, and are not keen on restraint. They may require patience for leash training. They are considered to have low grooming needs, and have moderate shedding tendency overall.

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