Shiba Inu Personality Traits and Temperament
The Shiba Inu is a fairly independent dog, reserved toward people it doesn’t know, but affectionate and loving to its family. They can be aggressive toward other dogs, but often co-exist peacefully with cats.
They tend to love swimming and playing in water or mud. Shiba Inus are oddly fastidious dogs, and groom their legs and paws similarly to a cat.
Apart from their curly, brushy tails, their most striking characteristic is the ‘Shiba scream,’ a high-pitched screech that tends to be emitted during periods of distress and great joy. They were originally bred to hunt and flush small game, and hence have a prey instinct that makes small pet animals unsafe around them.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
Shiba Inus have a coarse, short-haired coat. Because they’re so fastidious about keeping themselves clean, they’re largely self-grooming.
All you really need to do is regularly brush to remove dead hair. Bathe them infrequently, as it can deplete the natural oils in their skin and lead to dryness and itching. They do tend to shed copiously, especially during changes of season.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: a Shiba Inu for sale may cost between $500-$1100.
Life Expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12-15 YEARS
Weight: 15-25 pounds
Height: 13-16 inches
Colors: red, tan, black, sesame
How to Train
Shiba Inus are very easy to train and housetrain. They are energetic, playful, prey-oriented dogs, so train using lots of toys and high-energy exercises.
They tend to be strong-minded, and will attempt to dominate owners who they regard as unable to handle the position of pack leader. Ensure that you understand how to communicate and require respect before acquiring one of these dogs.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: High protein. Beef, lamb and hard-boiled eggs.
Allergies: Not hypoallergenic
Health problems: Allergies, patellar luxation, cataracts.
Imo-Inu is a Shiba Inu and American Eskimo mix. They are very independent and energetic.
Poo-Shi is a Shiba Inu and Poodle mix. They are very vocal, affectionate, and energetic.
Schnu is a Shiba Inu and Schnauzer mix. They are easily trainable, family-oriented, and affectionate.
Best female and male dog names
You can name your Shiba Inu as Jack if he is a male and Chloe if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
You can also browse a specific site to adopt a Shiba Inu.
Pictures and Videos
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