The Shiba Inu is a breed characterized with a loving personality. Shiba Inus make great companion dogs as well as family dogs. While loving, the breed is also full of personality and extremely bold in temperament. These devoted dogs will be sure to shower you with unconditional love as long as you do the same!
Click here to find Shiba Inu rescue organizations!
Top 10 Facts
1. Shiba Inus come in many different colors, those recognizable by the AKC being red, black and tan, sesame, with a undercoat in cream, buff, or grey. They can also be white, but this color is considered a “major fault” by the AKC for the breed.
2. Shiba Inus are one of the six native spitz breeds of Japan. The others being the Akati Inu, Hokaaido Ken, Kai Ken, Shikoku Inu, and the Kishu Inu.
3. The Shiba Inu is an ancient breed, the oldest known Shiba being one from the 3rd century BC.
4. The word Inu in Japanese means dog, and the word Shiba means “brushwood,” referring to a tree who’s leaves in fall resemble the color of the coat of the red Shiba.
5. Despite the Shiba’s thick double coat, it is suitable to both hot and cold environments as its coat is adaptable to all weather. It’s coat is also waterproof!
6. Shiba grooming is relatively minimal. They are very clean and their coat only sheds twice a year.
7. When training Shibas, be sure to use only positive reinforcement like treats and praise. Do not use negative reinforcement as Shibas do not respond well to negativity.
8. Of the six breeds of Japanese spitz dogs, the Shiba Inu is the smallest, weighing only about 20-25 pounds when full grown.
9. If you’re looking for a lapdog or a dog to constantly cuddle with you, the Shiba Inu is not for you. They are independent and aloof with minds of their own.
10. One of the most famous Shibas is the “doge meme” Shiba, which you have probably seen or will see floating around the internet.