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 animal’s 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 dog breed is somewhat sensitive to extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, so a mild climate will best suit the Shiba Inu.
The Shiba Inu is a hardheaded and strong-willed breed, but once you earn the respect of this breed, you have it for life! 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 dog 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 dog breeds, it is important to brush your dog’s teeth to promote dental health. Also, nail trimming and bathing are recommended on at least a monthly basis.
This dog breed 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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