It is believed that the Shiba Inu is the oldest native Japanese dog. They were originally used for hunting back in the third century B.C. They are now bred for pets in Japan and the United States. The Shina Inu was first recognized by the AKC in 1997 and was grouped as Non-Sporting.
- Country of Origin: Japan
- Weight: 20 - 30 lbs
- Height: 13 - 16 inches
- Color: They have a variety of colors. These colors include red, black & tan, white, cream or salt & pepper.
The Shiba Inu is very intelligent, affectionate & independent. This spirited breed can be apprehensive of strangers or other animals that they are not familiar with. Shiba Inu’s are known to be stubborn, but can be trained. They also love to explore & should be kept on a leash or in a fenced in yard.
The Shiba Inu life expectancy is between 12 - 15 years. The Shiba Inu is a relatively healthy breed. One common health concern in this breed is hip dysplasia. Other concerns to watch for are:
• Patellar Luxation
• Eye Problems
The Shiba Inu has a double coat. The under coat is soft to the touch while the outer coat is straight & harsh.
Brushing 3 – 5 times a week with a firm bristle brush will help maintain its healthy coat. Brushing daily, during seasonal change, to remove their dead hair from the coat is recommended. Only bathe when necessary. Bathing can remove natural oils in this breeds water proof coat.