Shiba Inu is the smallest and most popular dog of Japanese native breeds. Inu in Japanese means ¨dog¨, and Shiba is a bush, whose leaves in the fall become red. Originally used to hunt small animals, but because of their courage they were not scared even a little Japanese bear. This strong hunting instinct has been preserved to this day. Nowadays they are great companions for someone who has enough time and experience with dogs. They are also proudly represented by the Japanese Emperor's family.
History of the breed: This smallest original Japanese breed has existed in the Sanin area for centuries. In archaeological excavations, bones of these dogs were found over 2500 years old. The Shiba Inu was established in Japan in 1934 and declared in 1936 and protected by law as the national treasure of Japan. The original shiba were larger than the current ones. Shiba is the closest relative of the wolf, since her DNA matches almost 98% with the wolf.
Description: They have a pointed muzzle and black nose, wide forehead, small dark brown eyes, triangular upright ears and strong neck. They have a muscular body with deep chest and well developed hind feet with strong hips. Their characteristic is a wrapped tail and also URAIJO, white coloring around the muzzle, the inside of the neck, the stomach and the inside of the legs. Shiba can be found in four colors red, red sesam, white and black & tan. For some people shiba may present a slightly higher challenge, but with early training they become a very good companion. They are very faithful and loyal to their master, but they can be very self-made dogs. They adapt very well to living in the apartment as well as outside. Care is not demanding due to short hair, it only requires occasional bathing because the shiba has almost no smell. They change the fur two times in year, autumn and spring, then more care and grooming is needed, as they have dense under coat. Because of carefully breeding, they are a very healthy breed. Today's Shiba is bred from three remaining blood groups. Shiba is almost extinct during World War II due to food shortages and plague epidemics. The breast height of the breed is between 35 and 41 cm, weighing from 9 to 12 kilograms, the males are slightly larger than females. The lifespan is about 15 years or more. Every day walks are highly recommended for Shiba to live a long and healthy life. The oldest known Shiba died at the age of 26. Shiba barks very rarely, their barking is more like howling. In the homeland, the shiba is described in three words:
When you have a shiba, you have a small brave and faithful samurai