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Shiba Inu puppy

"Kokoro" 

Shiba Inu adult
"Hoshi" 

Another member of the Spitz family, the Shiba Inu is the oldest native Japanese dog. His history reportedly goes back to the third century B.C.

 "Inu" is the Japanese word for dog but the meaning of "Shiba" is somewhat difficult to say with certainty. Some sources say that Shiba is the word for the red bushes that grow in the area where Shiba Inus come from; others say it means "little".

The Shiba Inu is used to hunt small game although in the past he was bred for hunting large game. Today, his fox-like cunning, and alert, watchful attitude make him an effective guardian of home and family.

The Shiba Inu stands just 16 inches tall at the shoulder. He has a short, straight, waterproof coat that comes in red, sesame, red sesame, black sesame, black and tan, and sometimes cream. All colours except cream have "urajiro" which is a cream coloured marking around the face, chest, and underside of the body. With his all-weather coat, the Shiba can withstand a wide range of temperatures. Like all members of the Spitz family, the Shiba carries his tail curled up over his back. One unusual characteristic of this dog is that he sometimes meows like a cat to communicate with his owners. In fact the Shiba is said to be very cat-like.

The Shiba Inu has a confident, friendly, extroverted nature that has made him the most popular pet in Japan. Only recently seen outside his native country, the Shiba's popularity is on the rise. Loyal and strongly intuitive, he is a family dog who needs human companionship. This is not a dog to be left alone for long periods. Although Shibas are fine with children, a young Shiba may shy away from frightening situations to which he has not been exposed and so may avoid strange noisy kids. Children must be taught to respect the dog's boundaries. No animal likes to be pursued or harassed and Shibas do not like to be restrained. As with any dog, training and socialization is the key.

He may look more like a toy stuffed animal, but beware! Small he may be, but the Shiba Inu has a large dog personality in a small dog body! He is fiery, independent, strong-willed, stubborn, and territorial. As an owner, you must be in control. Training may be a challenge and should begin when he is a puppy. However, the Shiba is highly sensitive to physical discomfort, and overly firm or negative training methods will damage any chance of cooperation. And a Shiba never forgets! Be patient - consistent encouragement, praise and reward-based training are the most successful. Early socialization will help curb same sex dog aggression.  With a high activity level, the energetic and agile Shiba Inu needs lots of exercise and should have a large, fenced yard. 

 
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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Laura McKenna Lange, Koyote Kennels 
Alberta




 

British Columbia

Kennel/Website

Angelica
Port Moody, BC  V3H 1L3
(778) 988-9765
Email:
emeraldseakennels@gmail.com

EmeraldSea


Karen Hildebrandt
10715 Reeves Rd, RR#2 
Chilliwack, BC   V2P 6H4
(604) 792-8368
Email:
pinto@telus.net

Dukhan Kennels


Stu and Sherin Laurie
Box 70
Skookumchuck, BC  V0B 2E0
(250) 422-3522
Email:
snss@cintek.com

Mountain High Kennels


Marilyn McHallam
5210 Reid Road
Vernon, BC  V1B 3E8
(250) 558- 3714
Email:
shibakennels@shaw.ca

Sunnybrae Kennels



Alberta 

Kennel/Website

Maureen Angerman
Sherwood Park, AB  
(780) 464-2024
Email:
hillsdaleshibainu@gmail.com

Hillsdale Kennel Reg'd


Dianne Brydges
Box 240
Ryley, AB  T0B 4A0
(403) 395-3500
(403) 336-5132
Email:
bluecountry@xplornet.ca

Shiba Inu puppy
Bluecountry


Doreen M. Fitchett
Box 8, Site 1
Hanna, AB  T0J 1P0
(403) 854-2154
Email: 
smilbear@netago.ca

Smiling Bear


Tina Gaudet
146 Tuscany Ridge Close NW
Calgary, AB   T3L 2K6
(403) 239-7452
Email:
gtgaudet@shaw.ca

Timberfox


Sheryl Langan
Box 450
Beaverlodge, AB  T0H 0C0
(780) 356-3769
Email:
driftwood@coool.ca

Langans Brushwood


Laura McKenna Lange
Box 1, Site 15, RR#2
Cochrane, AB   T4C 1A2
(403) 932-6376
Email:
koyotekennels@velocitynetworks.ca
Web: www.koyotekennels.com

Shiba Inu
Koyote Kennels


Lynn Pfannmuller
RR#1
Carvel, AB   T0E 0H0
(780) 968-2500
Email:
 
pfannke@telusplanet.net
Web: www.shiba.2ya.com 

Cintara Kennels Reg'd


Jennifer Reid
Picture Butte, AB  
(403) 745-5050
Email:
barrett.shibas@gmail.com

Barrett Kennels Reg'd

 
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Did you know?


All dogs are the 
descendants of wolves 
that lived in eastern Asia 
about 
15,000 years ago.

 

 
 
 

 

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