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Japanese Shiba Inu Breed Profile

Japanese Shiba Inu
The Japanese Shiba Inu is one of the oldest breeds of dog.

Other Names:
The Little Brushwood Dog

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Origin: Japan

Breed Purpose: To hunt small animals through shrubs and thick undergrowth.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Utility

Height: Bitch 34-39cm., Dog 37-42cm.

Weight: Bitch 7.5-8kg., Dog 9.5-11kg.

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Exercise Needs: The Japanese Shiba Inu is and excellent dog for lead walking but do appreciate a good run as well.

Feeding Needs: The Shiba Inu is not a greedy dog and will sometimes appear to be disinterested in his food bowl. They thrive on a natural diet given in small amounts. Plenty of clean water must be readily available to prevent this dog from becoming dehydrated.

Common Ailments: No special health requirements are needed for this robust and healthy dog.

Physical Description: A small but sturdy dog with an alert, lively expression. The head is broad and triangular shaped with an abrupt stop. The eyes are small and are dark brown in colour and this dog’s ears are upstanding. The muzzle is straight and the dog has a regular bite. (The upper teeth overlap the lower) The neck is thick and muscular going down to a short, straight-backed body, with a deep chest and a well tucked up belly. The tail is set high and is carried curled over the back. The coat is harsh and straight on top with a soft undercoat. The coat colours are red, red/white, black/tan, or brindle.

Japanese Shiba Inu K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

This dog can be quiet, reserved and independent.

The Shiba Inu can adapt to whatever lifestyle he is given, whether in town or country.

This dog bonds very closely to its owner and is an excellent guard dog.

Although popular in Japan, the Shiba Inu is quite rare in the western world. This is a shame because this dog can be a wonderful companion and is so easy to look after.

They are excellent in the home, clean and never destructive. They adore children, even the little ones and are an ideal playmate.

Because they can readily adapt to any home environment, they are ideal for the apartment dweller. The Shiba Inu can be a wonderful pet for a retired person or a busy family.
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