Shiba Inu Breed Information
Alert, Conscientious, and Enthusiastic
Height: 13.5-16.5 inches
Weight: 55-75 pounds
Average life span: 13-16 years
It’s been close to 70 years since the Shiba was brought over to America from Japan, and have become one of the more popular breeds. The standard look for a Shiba Inu is a combination of white markings and either red, red sesame, or black and tan. They have an alert expression that bears resemblance to another member of the canine family the Fox. This breed is bold and muscular and loaded with confidence.
Grooming A Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu’s have fur not hair, meaning that they will be shedders. There will be 2 periods within the year wear shedding will be much heavier. While unless your Shiba is a “long coat,” brushing can be infrequent, although it will help against finding stray bunches of fur around. One way to combat the shedding is to use a strong blower in reverse on your pup. This will not only remove loose hair but dander and dirt as well. Just do not let the blower get too hot as it will cause discomfort.
Exercising Shiba Inu Puppies
This breed is energetic and loves to roam outdoors. The good news is they are not ones to bounce off the walls if they don’t get their daily workout. This does not mean it gives owners permission to slack though, especially if their living conditions are quite small. Behavioral issues also don’t seem to arise when not exercised, unlike the Boxer. Overall it is recommended to give them at least 2 good walks a day. Most preferred would be one in the morning and once at night.
Training A Shiba Inu
From what we’ve heard from our clients who own Shiba’s they are really easy to train overall. They typically can pick up potty training within the first few weeks of being home. But one area of training that all Shiba owners warn about is off-leash training. While it does seem like a great way of training your pup, this method is highly not recommended for the Shiba Inu. This breed is very independent and unless placed in a fenced-in area off-leash should never be done. The instinct to explore a and chase is strong and in the blink of an eye can be gone. And like with all breeds if you want your puppy to be well adjusted around other people and dogs socialization is important.