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Shiba Inu Dog

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Shiba Inu The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original and distinct breeds of dogs from Japan, which makes them ideal for apartment dwellers. These dogs may be red, black and tan and, or sesame (red with black tipped hairs), with a cream, loves, or gray undercoat. They may also be creamy white or pinto, though this color is not allowed in the show ring. Health conditions known to affect this breed are glaucoma, cataracts, hip dysplasia and luxating patella (a condition where the knee can dislocates and moved out of its normal location).

Overall the dogs are genetically sound and have fewer genetic defects in comparisons with other dog breeds. These dogs can be expected to live between 12 and 16 years of age. These dogs are very clean but do tend to shed a lot especially during the summer and are easy to keep room even in the undercoat area. They have a thick undercoat which protects them from temperatures well below zero.

Some fascinating facts about Shiba Inu are, they clean themselves like cats by licking their paws and legs. Also, they have a distinguishing characteristic called the “Shiba scream” if this breed becomes very unhappy or overly excited, it lets out a high-pitched scream. The Shiba Inu is considered one of the oldest of Japanese dogs, and has been one of the Japanese favorite companions and an excellent watchdog for centuries. Some people prefer to the Shiba has the “little brushwood dog”. Another story and the Japanese word Shiba is “small”. Shiba the dog first named in approximately the 1920s. After, near extinction during World War II, the remaining Shibas came from three different bloodlines. They were the “San In Shiba”, “The Mino Shiba” and “Shin Shu Shiba”. This last Shiba breed being the most popular in Japan, past and present. Shibas are reserved was strangers, but loyal and loving to those they respects. Shiba must have exercise regularly on a leash or in a restricted area. Shiba males and females are very different in appearance: males are masculine, while females are feminine without weakness in structure. There are more Shibas in Japan than any other breed of dog. The Japanese have three words to describe their favorite Shiba:

The first is “Kan-i” meaning bravery and boldness, this combined with composure and mental strength the opposite side of “Kan-i” is “ryosei” which means good-natured along with gentle disposition. One cannot exist without the other.

“Sobuku” is the charming side of the Shiba which is artlessness with an open and a refined spirit. These things, along with the personality of the Shiba, make it a totally irresistible pet says Shiba owners.

It is said that if a Shiba could speak one specific were it would be “MINE”. The Shiba is possessive (mine) of everything from its food bowls toys, treats, furniture, cage, car, and even its family. But, be careful of its MINE” aggression to other pets toys, too.

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