He has a short, straight, waterproof double coat
that comes in red, 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 but
is best living indoors with his family. Like all members of the
Spitz family, the Shiba carries his tail curled up over his back. The
Shiba can make a variety of sounds ranging from a normal bark to almost
talking sounds. The Shiba is very clean and will clean and groom
themselves like a cat.
The Shiba Inu has a confident, friendly, extroverted
nature that has made him the most popular pet in Japan.
The Shiba was
recognized by the AKC in 1992 and
the Shiba's popularity is on the
rise. Loyal and strongly intuitive, 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
know when they
are being teased.
As with any dog, training and socialization is the
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
secure fenced yard. The Shiba can never be safely off-leash due to their high prey drive and
unfortunately those who are turned loose often meet a premature death by automobile.