All dog lovers know that the Shiba Inu is the smallest that belongs to the Spitz family. The Shiba Inu is also known by several other names such as the Japanese Shiba Inu, Japanese Small size dog, Shiba, Shiba Ken and others. They were first seen in Japan and soon many dog lovers wanted to keep these dogs as pets.
The term ‘Shiba’ in Japanese means brush wood and these dogs were typically used in the ancient times to hunt smaller animals and birds (and occasionally wild boars) that hid themselves in the wild shrubs. Therefore, these dogs are also correctly named as ‘Little Brush wood dogs’.
Today, Shiba Inus are primarily kept as companion dogs and were first registered by the American Kennel Club in the year 1993.
Shiba Inu – At a glance
The following list of general and physical characteristics will help you to get familiarized with your Shiba Inus: –
• Breed type: Pure breed (they belong to the non- sporting/ utility group of dog breeds). This breed is registered with the FCI, American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America Inc., and others.
• Height: Males have an average height of 1 ft. 3 inches to 1 ft. 7 inches whereas the females have an average height of 1 ft. 2 inches to 1 ft. 3 inches.
• Weight: Males weigh about 20 to 25 pounds whereas females weigh about 18 to 20 pounds at an average.
• Life Span: These dogs have an average life span of 12 to 15 years.
• Available coat colors: They have a double coat and are available in various colors such as red, black, sesame, combination of black and tan, urajiro, orange, white and others.
• They can give birth to 3 to 4 puppies at a time.
Temperament and Personality traits
Shiba Inus can be aggressive. Females are more aggressive than the males. So training them should be the first priority if you want to keep these dogs as pets. Socialization process should be made available to them at a very early stage as these dogs by birth are wild in nature. Hence, to live in a society they should follow the ethics and the standards of the society they live in- Imagine your dog chasing your neighbor’s kid! Thus train them accordingly so that your family and society accept such creatures. He can be stubborn at times without proper training.
A characteristic personality or feature of this dog breed is that they produce a high pitch voice (which is generally intolerable for the human ears) when they are left alone or feel that they are bored. Therefore make sure you pay attention to them and never leave them alone.
However, if he is well trained by an intelligent and clever master then he is alert, bold and a very good natured dog. These dogs are suited only for big sized home and fenced homes and not at all for small sized apartments. Give them leash training as well. Adopting a Shiba Inu that has already undergone puppy training classes can be fruitful. Make sure you buy a Shiba Inu from a reputed breeder who will tell you everything about how to raise these dogs.
Feeding habits and Nutrition
Feed you Shiba Inus with 1 ½ to 2 cup of premium quality dry dog food divided into two equal meals daily. You can occasionally feed them with home- cooked dry dog foods prepared from special and recommended dog food ingredients.
Their food should essentially contain meat sources such as lamb or bison, and vegetable and fruit sources such as soybean, carrot, blueberry, chickpea and others along with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, DHA, Zinc, Copper, Calcium, Selenium and others.
These dogs generally do not require any additional nutritional dog food supplements until it is recommended by the vet.
Health and Immunization
Shiba Inus are otherwise healthy, however, they are prone to various acute and chronic ailments such as chylothorax (which is accumulation of fluid in the chest cavity causing lethargy, decreases appetite etc…), Glaucoma (causing loss of vision and extreme pain in eyes), epilepsy, fits and cancer, hip and elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, tail chasing or spinning.
Shiba Inus are also hypersensitive towards various food borne and air borne allergens present in the environment. They are allergic to dust, pollen, dander, sprays, chemicals, bedding etc…
Your Shiba Inu should be immunized at regular intervals so that they are protected from various diseases caused by dangerous viruses. Some mandatory vaccines for this breed includes: – Parvovirus, Rabies, Distemper, Coronavirus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Parainfluenza vaccines. Inject annual booster shots from experienced vets.
Care and Grooming
Generally, females are more aggressive than the males and can create a lot of problem during the grooming sessions. They will simply not allow themselves to touch by their owners. However, if grooming sessions are started right since puppy hood, they will get accustomed to this practice.
Brush their teeth at least thrice a week and maintain a good dental hygiene. Use a soft bristle or a sensitive tooth brush to brush their teeth. Make sure there is no tartar build up.
Your Shiba Inu’s nails grow relatively much faster than other breeds and hence you would require trimming their nails at least twice a month.
Their ears should be regularly checked and cleaned with a cotton ball soaked in a pH neutral ear solution. Check for any signs of redness or bad odor as this could indicate parasitic of flea infection.
Take your dog regularly to an experienced vet (at least once in two months or when vaccinations are scheduled).
You can adopt or rescue a Shiba Inu according to the guidelines given by several organizations as mentioned above. Never pick up a puppy that is fighting with his litter mates or the one whose parents are affected with any chronic or acute illness. One of the notable rescue groups in America is National Shiba Club of America.
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