The Shiba Inu Dog is a vigilant, confident, intelligent dog, loyal to the boss, but with an independent and dominant nature. They are thoughtful, nothing escapes them, and the urge to hunt is often still strong. They are generally friendly to people but can be reserved. It is a dog with a proud appearance and its own user manual
The Shiba Inu Dog is physically well put together and is a sporting dog who likes long walks. He will accompany you effortlessly on long (mountain) walks. If there is a little less movement given, they do not think this is a big problem.
The Shiba Inu Dog is not inherited, if he can leave the garden he will start to determine his own movement. You can then lose it regularly because he will not miss you soon. Since Shiba’s paint traffic rules are likely to be run over.
Being at home alone
Unlike the independence outside, a Shiba Inu Dog can easily miss you if he is left alone at home. It is necessary to continue practicing at home alone and to slowly build up time. The time that he is alone at home must be compensated with activities that he undertakes together.
Shibas have a coat that is odorless and they also keep themselves almost feline. Twice a year, however, there is a huge molting period. During this period you should brush and comb regularly. In this period you can wash the Shiba Inu Dog with a PH-neutral shampoo and/or with water, this will cause the hair to come loose. Outside the molting period, little maintenance is required.With some Shibas the nails need to be cut with some regularity.
Stubborn, stubborn and independent, but also very smart! Also, take the dominance with you, and it is soon thought that the Shiba Inu Dog needs to be brought up with a hard hand. However, this is not the case. A spicy Shiba is not suitable for people who want to treat him as a child, but an upbringing with a hard hand is very unsuitable for this breed. The bond between man and dog will deteriorate, the dog is distrustful, and can even turn against you.
The education in which good behavior is rewarded works the best dog, and because of his intelligence, the Shiba will soon know what is required of him.
His intelligence also has a downside, which means that you have to be very consistent.
Once the Shiba Inu Dog has been given a privilege (jumping on the couch for example) this will never be forgotten again, and it will almost be impossible to unlearn it.
For explicit questions about the behavior of your Shiba, please contact the behavior expert who is affiliated with the NIPPON INU, Patricia van Ginneken
Because the Shiba Inu Dog is originally a hunter, smaller animals such as rabbits, hamsters, birds, etc. are not always safe. If the Shiba grew up with small pets, he can learn not to hunt these animals at home. With the cats that live in the same house, a Shiba, if grown up with it, generally goes well.
With other dogs, the association can be difficult if it concerns sex. A Shiba usually wants to play with well-known peers, especially of the other sexes. The Shiba Inu Dog naturally has a dominant position due to the upright ears, raised tail and outstanding coat, and therefore does not immediately radiate accessibility. If an adult male is challenged, which can happen soon, it will not easily run over. However, they are not fighters who look for a herd themselves. When there is a dispute between bitches, it can escalate. The owner must intervene as soon as possible if there is a quarrel but preferably avoid a fight. Bitches that have had a big fight once cannot always go together.
Dealing with children
Shibas can become good friends with children but want to be treated with great respect. They do not like to be treated as “toys”. If their limit is reached they can get vicious out of the corner. They also want to decide for themselves when they are playing or not, and do not always answer the question of a game.
It is very important to explain to children what is and what is not possible.
With small children, an adult must always be present who will supervise the contact between Shiba Inu Dog and the child, especially in view of the dominant nature of the Shiba.With the right guidance, Shiba and child (ren) can become fine companions.
Shibas certainly cannot always run free. If you click him loose he can take a lot of distance, more than that you may be nice …… Waiting for that little one to come back is nothing else that is happening at that moment. Usually, they do that too, they are not by definition runaways. There are exceptions, Shibas that their boss does not lose sight of. But there are also other exceptions, Shibas that stay away once for hours or do not want to be aligned anymore.
With the right training, the loosening – and the coming when you call! – usually can be learned (not always!), But only let your trained Shiba Inu Dog be released in safe areas such as forest and heath.
Shibas and dog sports.
These independent dogs do not always like to do exactly what their boss says. But if a training is fun and challenging, they can score well in obedience, agility, flyball or doggy dancing. In a training where rewarding work is done, they pick up everything at lightning speed.
Please bear in mind that if a Shiba Inu Dog has “no sense”, he can just go on strike. It is important to look at this with humor, not to get angry and not to put pressure on it. Because of their high intelligence, they pick up exercises quickly. The endless repetition of exercises that they already master, they find very annoying. Keeping variety in the training is, therefore, a must. Shibas generally like to do something with their boss and with a proper training you can have fun together!
Asian-looking dog. Small dog, good proportions, with good bone structure and well-developed muscles. Strong constitution. The movement is swift, free and beautiful.
The Shiba is a vigilant, confident, intelligent dog, loyal to the boss, but with an independent and dominant nature. They are thoughtful, nothing escapes them, and the urge to hunt is often still strong. They are generally friendly to people but can be reserved.
Use / functions
Originally a hunting dog, now a companion dog.
The Shiba Inu Dog is a sporty dog who likes to take long walks. If a little less movement can be given once, they do not think this is a big problem.
Twice a year there is a huge molting period. Regular brushing and combing during this period. In this period you can wash the Shiba Inu Dog with a PH-neutral shampoo and/or with water, this will cause the hair to come loose. Outside the molting period, little maintenance is required.
With some Shiba Inu Dogs, the nails need to be cut with some regularity.
Dealing with children
Shibas want to be treated with great respect, and usually, do not like to be treated as “toys”. If their limit is reached they can get vicious out of the corner.
It is therefore important to explain to children what is and what is not possible.
With small children, an adult must always be present who will supervise the contact between Shiba Inu Dog and the child, especially in view of the dominant nature of the Shiba.
Traditionally, the Shiba Inu Dog is a native Japanese breed. This dog, which appeared in the mountainous regions near the Japanese Sea, was used as a hunting dog for hunting small animals and wild game.The Shiba was designated by the Japanese government in 1936 as the “indigenous animal of Japan” and “natural monument”.
The Shiba Inu Dog is slightly longer than high, with moderate angulations.
Red, black and tan, sesame, black sesame and red sesame
Male 40 cm, female 37 cm, with a tolerance of 1.5 cm up or down.
Relatively small, triangular and dark brown in color, the outer corner of the eyes rising.
The outer coat is hard and straight, the undercoat is soft
and dense; hair on the tail is a little long and is off.
Set high, thick, vigorously curled, or curved like a sickle, the tip almost reaches the hocks when it hangs down.
1 Shiba Inu Dog Race information
Dutch Association for Akita Inu’s, founded on 1-1-1991. The association looks after the following breeds: Akita, Shiba Inu Dog, Hokkaido, Kai, Kishu, Shikoku and American Akita. Info via: Akita
Price of a puppy
Between 1000 and 1500 euros for a Shiba Inu Dog with pedigree.
The Shiba is a native Japanese breed that appeared in the mountainous regions near the Japanese sea. They were used as a hunting dog on feather game and small animals. The variety showed small differences per region. When the hunt in Japan became a sport around the turn of 1900, the local dogs were often crossed with import dogs from England in particular. So it was that pure Shiba Inu Dogs became increasingly rare. In 1928, the Society for the Protection of the Japanese Dog was established, and at the same time came to the conclusion that it was virtually impossible to find pure Japanese dogs. In 1932, the Nippo was established (similar to the Raad van Beheer) and 5 years later it was recognized by the Japanese government. They saw the importance of protecting Japanese heritage and breeding. The Nippo is of great importance for the Japanese varieties.
The Shiba Inu Dog is a hunting dog and companion dog.
The Shiba Inu Dog is independent and quirky. focused on their own family, watchful and intelligent. Affectionate to own people, but a little reserved to strangers. The females are generally significantly pannier than the males.
The Shiba Inu Dog needs a very good socialization to become good and social housemates. A clear and consistent upbringing is important, but a hard approach is counter-productive.
Compactly built dog, about as long as it is tall. The Shiba Inu Dog has a fox-like appearance and a typical oriental look.
Coat and maintenance
The coat of the Shiba Inu Dog is hard and straight, the undercoat is soft and dense. The hairs on the tail are slightly lower than those on the body. The coat of the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam needs hardly any maintenance outside the molting period.
Thick, worn in a curl or a sickle-shaped bow.
The colors of the Shiba are red, black with tan, sesame. Sesame is defined as an equal mix of white and black hair. All colors must be provided with Urajiro.
Height and weight
The Shiba Inu Dog male is 40 cm, the female 37 cm, a deviation of 1.5 cm upwards and downwards is allowed. The weight of the Shiba is 7-12 kg.
‘Urajiro’ is the white coat on the sides of the jaw, bottom of the jaw, bottom of the chest, bottom of the body, bottom of the tail and the inside of the legs.
2 Race-related diseases (hereditary and anatomical)
2.1 Hereditary diseases
2.2 Anatomically related diseases
2.1 Hereditary diseases
These diseases are more common than average in this breed and are proven hereditary or there is a strong suspicion that the disease is hereditary. Whether or not the disease occurs depends to a large extent on the inheritance of the parents’ genes. >> Read more about heredity and inheritance.
Important and relatively common disorders in this breed. These conditions can have serious health consequences and require medical and/or surgical intervention.
no documented disorders
Less common and/or less serious conditions in this breed.
no documented disorders
These disorders only occur sporadically in this breed.
no documented disorders
2.2 Anatomically related disorders
These disorders are not inherited in themselves but are more common due to the anatomical construction of this breed. This anatomical construction is again hereditary and the characteristics even belong to the breed characteristics.