|Group:||Utility (Group 6)|
|Club:||Utility Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 6)|
Background Originally bred to hunt small game the Shiba is generally recognised as the oldest of the Japanese breeds of dogs with skeletons dating back to 3000BC. The Shiba is the ancestor of other Japanese breeds and may indeed be the ancestor of the Australian Dingo.
Average Lifespan Generally Shiba are long lived with 16 to 17 years not uncommon.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Shiba are great to live with and will adapt to almost any lifestyle. The fiery aspect of the Shiba’s temperament is apparent at an early age. Even as puppies they stage mock battles and make much noise as they vie for top honours. With people they are all kissy-face, but with other dogs, and especially other Shiba, they are macho little muffins. Some Shiba may be shy of strangers while others are dog aggressive. Early socialisation is mandatory to obtain the best possible temperament from a puppy.
Compatibility with other pets Shiba Inu like to play with other dogs once they are acquainted.
Care Requirements The Shiba does not have a doggy odour and is fastidiously clean, almost cat like. The occasional bath is enough to keep him clean. Shiba do SHED. You would too if you were wearing a wool coat in summer. The Shiba MUST be kept in a fully enclosed yard and should always be walked on lead. His natural hunting instinct is always there and given the opportunity he will be off and may not heed your efforts to call him back.
Ideal Owner/s They are an ideal pet for all owners and are great with children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Shiba and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.