All About the Shiba Inus
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The Shiba Inu is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 14.5 to 16.5 inches.
Weight: 23 pounds.
Females – Height: 13.5 to 15.5 inches.
Weight: 17 pounds.
Shiba Inus are commonly black and tan, red or red sesame.
Shiba Inus are headstrong, independent and protective of their turf. Once you have earned these dogs’ respect, they will be loyal to you for life. They are adaptable, extremely self-confident canines, and they make excellent watchdogs.
Natural hunters, Shiba Inus have a good deal of energy that must be burned off each day through physical activity, ideally a run or long walk.
- Shiba Inus have a double coat, with the outercoat straight and hard, covering a soft, thick undercoat.
- They are a moderate-maintenance grooming breed, requiring biweekly brushes, though they should be brushed every other day during shedding season.
- Their tails curl up over their backs, and they have small, erect ears.
12 to 15 years
Shiba Inus are a very healthy breed. Their most common health concern is patellar luxation.
Shiba Inus have a low tolerance for hot climates, and a high tolerance for cold climates. They can live outside when the weather is cool, though they prefer to divide their time between indoors and outdoors.
Shiba Inus are good with kids that are familiar to them. They can be aggressive toward other dogs, especially if they are of the same sex. They tend to chase small animals, which may include other household pets.
- Hailing from Japan, Shiba Inus are believe to be the most ancient of the six known breeds from that country, dating back as far as 300 B.C.
- After World War II and a bought of distemper that killed many Shiba Inus, the breed nearly went extinct.
- Shiba Inus had their 15 minutes of fame in 2008, when the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam site debuted, live-streaming the antics of six newborn puppies. In the first week alone, more than 3 million people watched the pups.