The Shiba Inu is a small yet well formed compact dog whose head is well proportioned to the rest of the body. This dog has a round muzzle that tapers slightly as it comes down to the nose. The Shiba Inu has small lips and a black nose.
The teeth of the Shiba Inu meet at a scissors bite. The dog has deep set eyes that are triangular in shape. The eye color is dark and color variations may be seen depending on the exact color of the dog’s coat.
The front and back legs of the dog are equal as a flat top line that the Shiba Inu is very telling. The Shiba Innu has black eye rims and the eyes are located in extreme points of the head. It is common practice to remove dewclaws when the dog is a few days old. The Shiba Inu has a double coat comprising of an undercoat that is dense, short and thick while the overcoat is stiff and long. Common color coats include red, red and black, black with tan markings and grey. Irrespective of the color coat, the Shiba Inu has white markings on the legs, throat underside and the chest. The height range of the Shiba Inu is about 14 – 16 pounds while the weight range is about 18 – 25 pounds.
The Shiba Inu is a small, bold and courageous dog that is both loving and kind. It is ever alert and loves to play. As it is a dog of average intelligence. It is easy to train in obedience. For the best results in dog training, it is advisable that the dog should always learn to have a set time and the training session should not take too long as the dog is not able to concentrate for long periods of time. One thing that makes this dog an excellent dog to have in an apartment is that house breaking is relatively easy. One thing that you will enjoy the Shiba Inu is that it travels very well.
The Shiba is a great playmate with children as it is an ever playful dog. It is advisable that children should learn how to treat the dog when at play to ensure that no mishandling occurs. Further, you must teach the dog to view you as the pack leader as this is a great way to curb most of the behavior problems that may crop up. Poor leadership encourages formation of the Small Dog Syndrome where the dog assumes pack leader status and does what it wants.
The Shiba Inu is prone to Patella Luxation, PRA and hip dysplasia.
The rate is relatively low and most dogs live a full life. The average lifespan is about 12 – 15 years.
The double coat of the dog requires daily combing to ensure it does not form matt. Washing should be limited to when it is absolutely necessary.
The Shiba Inu is a native dog of Japan, where it was bred in the early 18th century. It came to spread to other parts of the world following the World Wars. It was officially recognized by the AKC in 1992.