Dog Breed

Shiba Inu

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Full Name
Shiba Inu
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Life Span
12 - 16 years
Weight
17 - 23 pounds
Description

Charming, Fearless, Keen, Alert, Confident, Faithful

Origin
Japan
Bred For
Hunting in the mountains of Japan, Alert Watchdog
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    Family Considerations
    Child Friendly

    Is the Shiba Inu good with children?

    Yes, the Shiba Inu is very friendly with children. We still recommend introductions to children while they are young so they get used to them, but the Shiba Inu naturally loves children.
    Stranger Friendly

    Is the Shiba Inu friendly with strangers?

    Yes, the Shiba Inu is very friendly with strangers. We still recommend early socialization while the Shiba Inu is a puppy to introduce them to various new people, but in general they are friendly with everyone.
    Dog Friendly

    Is the Shiba Inu friendly with other dogs?

    Yes, the Shiba Inu is very friendly with other dogs. We still recommend early socialization while the Shiba Inu is a puppy to introduce them to various new dogs, but in general they are friendly with dogs as soon as they meet them.
    Likes to Cuddle

    Does the Shiba Inu like to cuddle?

    The Shiba Inu loves physical affection and cuddles. If you're looking for a cuddle partner you may have found the one!
    Playfulness

    Does the Shiba Inu like to play?

    The Shiba Inu is always ready for play! It's important to keep in mind, as they need to be stimulated with games and affection throughout the day.
    Service Dog Ability

    Does the Shiba Inu make a good service dog?

    Historically, the Shiba Inu has never been used as a service dog and really would not be a good fit.
    Overall Ease of Breed
    Ease for Novice

    Is the Shiba Inu good for first-time owners?

    The Shiba Inu is an excellent breed for first-time owners. They love pleasing their owner, and rarely are aggressive or over-dominant.
    Training Potential

    How well can the Shiba Inu be trained?

    The Shiba Inu is about average when it comes to training potential. The Shiba Inu can be seen in competitions and can have advanced training, but it would require much dedication and oftentimes professional training.
    Amount of Shedding

    Does the Shiba Inu shed a lot?

    The Shiba Inu is an average shedder. Shiba Inu owners will probably still tell you it's a lot of shedding, but certain breeds shed even more.
    Ease of Grooming

    Is the Shiba Inu easy to groom?

    The Shiba Inu requires an average amount of grooming. Taking your Shiba Inu to the pet salon will make your life easier, but its possible to groom a Shiba Inu on your own as well.
    Exercise Need

    Does the Shiba Inu need a lot of exercise?

    The Shiba Inu requires some daily exercise, but daily walks should be enough. The Shiba Inu appreciates going outside and on daily walks, but they will be ok without anything overly athletic.
    Personality
    Intelligence

    How smart is the Shiba Inu?

    The Shiba Inu is a bit goofy and may not be as intelligent as some other breeds, but that is what people oftentimes love about the Shiba Inu!
    Amount of Barking

    How much does the Shiba Inu bark? Does the Shiba Inu bark too much?

    The Shiba Inu barks an average amount. It can vary widely between Shiba Inus - some may be much more expressive than others.
    Guard Dog Ability

    Is the Shiba Inu a good guard dog?

    The Shiba Inu would not make a good guard dog. They can be alert, but typically do not have the desire or instinct to take on "guarding" as their job.
    Tolerates Being Alone

    Is the Shiba Inu good at staying alone? Is the Shiba Inu independent?

    The Shiba Inu does not enjoy being left alone for extended periods. They can do well for a couple of hours alone, but may have anxiety for time beyond that.
    Home and Environment Considerations
    Good for Apartment Living

    Is the Shiba Inu a good apartment dog?

    The Shiba Inu can be a good dog for apartment living. Daily exercise is still important, but the Shiba Inu is a better fit for apartment living than most breeds.
    Size

    How big is the Shiba Inu?

    The Shiba Inu is one of the biggest dog breeds in the world. In the "giant" category!
    Tolerates Heat

    How much does the Shiba Inu tolerate hot weather? When is it too hot for a Shiba Inu?

    The Shiba Inu does not tolerate hot weather very well, and we would not recommend having a Shiba Inu if you live in a very hot weather climate. At the minimum, they would need a home with air conditioning.
    Tolerates Cold

    How much does the Shiba Inu tolerate cold weather? When is it too cold for a Shiba Inu?

    The Shiba Inu does not tolerate cold weather very well, and we would not recommend having a Shiba Inu if you live in a very cold weather climate. Even if your home is warm, it can be inconvenient to go on walks, and you may need to have a sweater for your Shiba Inu.
    Potential to Run Away

    Does the Shiba Inu try to run away?

    The Shiba Inu does not have a large drive to run away. They can still be distracted and run, so precautions should be taken, but overall they have a less than average urge to run away.
    Physical Characteristics
    General Health

    Is the Shiba Inu a healthy dog? The health of a Shiba Inu should be measured not just by how many years they live, but also by how many health issues they've had. It is important to know which health conditions your breed is prone to- hip problems, eye problems, bloating, and arthritis are all common dog health problems.

    The Shiba Inu has many health problems that should be considered. The Shiba Inu can still live a perfectly healthy life, but it's important to consider all of these health risks ahead of time.
    Energy Level

    How energetic is the Shiba Inu?

    The Shiba Inu has some energy and requires daily walks, but overall the Shiba Inu has less energy than average.
    Amount of Drooling

    How much does the Shiba Inu drool?

    The Shiba Inu drools very little, typically to where it's never a concern.
    Prey Drive

    Does the Shiba Inu have a large prey drive? Does the Shiba Inu like to chase birds, cats, and other small animals?

    The Shiba Inu has some prey drive, so should not be left alone with very small animals such as birds, mice, or gerbils, but with some gradual introduction should be fine living with a cat in the same home.
    Athleticism

    Is the Shiba Inu atheltic?

    The Shiba Inu can have athletic moments, and bursts of speed, but does not have the endurance as other highly athletic dog breeds. They would do great for occasional jogs, but probably not the best for long-distance runs or anything more athletic than that.
  1. Non-Sporting
  2. Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is a purebred dog that falls within the larger Non-Sporting dog breed group.
Non-Sporting group: The Non-Sporting group of dogs is probably the most diverse in the sense that it has a variety of dogs, and they were not all bred for one specific purpose. Each breed in the non-sporting group is unique! They have been primarily bred as house pets, and because of that make excellent additions to the family. Exercise is still important for them, but the typical non-sporting dog does not have the energy of of a sporting or working group dog.

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