Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Shiba Inu breed is the smallest of the six unique breeds of Japan. Its native range is the mountains of Japan where it hunted.
The Shiba Inu's Behavior
Source: Wikipedia, AKC
Recommended for: pet, working dog
The Shiba Inu dog breed is intelligent and independent. Shiba Inus' independence is such that it can be difficult to train them. They are alert and are aloof with strangers but are loyal and warm to those who earn their respect. They have spirited boldness and good nature.
Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.
The Shiba Inu's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Shiba Inu breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.
* Size: males 14 1/2 - 16 1/2 inches, females 13 1/2 - 15 1/2 inches
* Coat: doublecoated; outer coat: stiff, straight; undercoat: soft, thick
* Color: urajiro (cream to white), black and tan with urajiro, sesame with urajiro
* Eyes: triangular shape, deep-set, dark brown
* Ears: set well apart, tilted forward
* Muzzle: firm, full, round, tapers slightly towards nose
* Nose: black
* Tail: set high
The Shiba Inu's Origins and History
Country/Region of Origin: Japan
Original purpose: hunting in the mountains and among its shrubs
Name: translated from Japanese as "small dog" but it can also be from a type of shrub that has the same name and color(red) as that of the dog; also known as Shiba Ken, Japanese Small Size Dog, and Japanese Shiba Inu.
Historical notes: Similar in appearance to the Akira, it is also one of the most ancient and most unchanged dogs in Japan. They almost became extinct during the closing days of the Second World War. Shiba Inu dogs of today are derived from three bloodlines: San'in, Mino, and Shinhu.