One of the oldest Asian breeds – 3rd century BC, the Shiba Inu was initially developed as a hunter of small animals like rats and rabbits and later became a popular household pet.
A small and energetic Japanese breed, the Shiba Inu is very much at home in the mountainous regions and got its name from the word ‘Shiba’ which means small in Japanese.
It is a cross of the Chow Chow and Kyushu breeds and was brought to Japan from China 2000 years ago.
The Shiba Inu has a mind of its own and is very intelligent. When it comes to cleanliness, they are perfectionists by nature. This breed of dog is both, jaunty and shrewd.
Size: They are 13-17” in height and weigh around 8-12 kg.
Colour: Red, black and tan are the most common colours. Occasionally, they are cream or white in colour.
Coating: They are furry and have two coats always - a soft, dense and waterproof undercoat that is lighter in shade and a straight overcoat.
Upright ears which are triangular in shape and small dark eyes are on a face that is pointed and has a wide forehead. The tail is thick and curled. The Shiba Inu always has a nose that is dark in colour.
A litter normally consists of 2-3 free Shiba Inu puppies.
Poultry, fish and rice should form the staple diet of Shiba Inus. Corn, potato and citrus must be avoided at all costs.
It has to be exercised sufficiently. It can stay indoors for reasonable lengths of time. It can remain outdoors for long due to its weather-resistant coats. Long walks are a must.
The Shiba Inu lives for around 12-15 years.
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