The Shiba Inu is a strong willed, bold, and courageous spitz breed. This breed is somewhat affectionate with its family, but will be reserved with strangers and people outside the family circle. The Shiba Inu’s roots are strong as a hunting breed, which means a high Prey drive. That being said, early socialization is vital if there will be small pets or other dogs in the household, otherwise the Shiba inu could react negatively to the other animals’ presence.
Because of the size of the Shiba Inu, it can adapt to apartment living in most cases. However, exercise is vital with this breed so more space will definitely work better. The Shiba Inu will adapt to most environments well, but keep in mind that any breed should be respected when being brought into a situation they are not used to, this especially applies here because the Shiba is wary of strangers to begin with. This breed is somewhat sensitive to extreme temps, both hot and cold, so a mild climate will best suit the Shiba Inu.
The Shiba Inu is a hard headed and strong willed breed, but once you earn the respect of this breed, you got it! Like with all dog breeds, especially Spitz breeds, it is important that you establish the alpha leader role based on love and respect, not fear. While a novice owner can have success with this breed, it is recommended that any owner do some obedience training with this breed.
The health of a Shiba Inu is generally good with proper breeding. However, as with all breeds there are some potential health concerns to be aware of. Some of these are Hypothyroidism, Glaucoma, and skin Allergies.
The Shiba Inu is a moderate shedder, and should be brushed daily to remove loose hair. As with all breeds, it is important to brush your dog’s teeth to promote dental health. Also nail trimming and bathing is recommended once monthly.
The Shiba Inu has a high energy level and requires daily exercise to be a well-balanced dog. Failure to do so can lead to misbehavior and depression in this breed.
The Shiba Inu should weigh between 20-30 pounds and stand between 13 and 16 inches at the withers.
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When purchasing a Shiba Inu puppy it is essential to be aware of all characteristics of this breed. Looking for a puppy to bring into your family is an exciting process, but having the knowledge of what to expect with any dog is the key to successful integration into your family. A puppy is a huge commitment, so being knowledgeable about how to train and care for your Shiba Inu puppy is particularly valuable. For information on these subjects check our blog or a good book related to this specific dog breed.
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