Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu      Canis familiaris

Type of Animal:

Homes, urban/suburban/rural areas, mountainous areas, forests, brushwood bushes

Worldwide-originated in Japan

Red, sesame, orange, black/tan, or cream double coat, looks like other Japanese dog breeds like Akita Inus, pointy wolflike ears, curly bushy tail, coat most often orangish

Dog food, kibble, rice, poultry, fish, meat, melons, green peas, sweet potatoes, broccoli, papaya, leafy green vegetables, bananas, small mammals, birds, carrion, smaller reptiles/amphibians
Status in Wild:

Social breed, often living in pairs or small packs

Additional Info:

Male: Dog
Female: Bitch
Young: Puppy
Group: Pack
Male: 23 lbs
Female: 17 lbs
Young: 6.6-8.6 lbs

2 months 

Life Span:
13-15 years

Male: 1.2-1.375 ft
Female: 1.125-1.29 ft

Body Length:
Male: 2.3 ft
Female: 1.92 ft

Tail Length:
Male: 0.69 ft
Female: 0.576 ft
Main predators are wild canids, feral dogs, wild/feral pigs, crocodilians, raptors, large snakes, bears, & wild felids.
Originally bred for hunting.
Other names are Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba, Shibe, Japanese Brushwood Dog, Japanese Turf Dog, Japanese Small Size Dog, & Shiba Ken.
Litters rather small, w/ average of 3 puppies.
Number one companion dog in Japan.
Typically sheds twice a year.
Like most dogs, often need to be exercised daily.
Smallest of Japan’s native breeds.
Often have very spirited bold personality.
Due to independent streak, not easiest of breeds to train.
Often do better in homes w/ a decent-sized yard.
Have very strong guarding instinct.
Not prone to many health problems.

Fun Fact(s):
If unhappy, they’ll let out loud high pitch scream known as “shiba scream.”
First brought to US in 1954 by an armed service family from Japan.
First recorded litter of Shiba Inu puppies in US born in 1979.
Highly tolerant of both heat & cold but more tolerant of cold. After all, the mountainous areas on Honshu they derive from often have cold winters & hot summers.
During World War II, they nearly became extinct due to combination of food shortage & post-war distemper epidemic. All survivors bred from 3 surviving bloodlines-Shinshu Shiba from Nagano Prefecture, Mino Shiba from former Mino province in south of present-day Gifu Prefecture, & San’in Shiba from Tottori & Shimane Prefectures.
Has strong prey drive so not always best breed to house w/ cats/smaller pets unsupervised.

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