The Shiba Inu is a medium-sized dog breed from Japan (FCI Group 5). The Shiba Inu was originally bred as a hunting dog and is therefore characterized by an extremely attentive and watchful character. It is important to provide him with sufficient exercise and exercise.
Characteristics of the Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu has a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. Female specimens should have an ideal size of 37 centimetres. In males the ideal size is 40 centimetres. The weight of the Shiba Inu should be in the range of 8 to 11 kilograms in males, while females are slightly lighter at 6.8 to 9 kilograms.
The body of the Shiba Inu is muscular and well proportioned. Its head has a moderately long muzzle, a broad forehead and a straight bridge of the nose. The eyes of the Shiba Inu are small and triangular.
The following fur-colors are bred with the Shiba Inu:
- Red sesame
- Black sesame
However, part of the coat must always be white in all colours.
Shiba Inu nature and character
The Shiba Inu is considered intelligent and bright. He is always calm and calm. However, the Shiba Inu is a dog breed with an independent, sometimes stubborn being that never completely submits to the will of the owner. This characteristic does not make the Shiba Inu a good choice for all dog owners.
If you decide for a Shiba Inu, you should be able to accept the peculiarities of this breed and to deal with them. With a good upbringing the Shiba Inu is also suitable for households with children and other pets like cats.
Activities with the Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu was originally bred as a hunting dog. For this reason he needs a lot of exercise and loves physical work. The enduring animals are excellent companions for jogging or cycling.
Extended walks should also be on the Shiba Inu's agenda. However, dog owners should be aware that this breed still has a quite pronounced hunting instinct.
Shiba Inu diseases and nutrition
There is no increased risk of certain diseases with Shiba Inu. Sometimes they may have food allergies and joint problems. In order to support the health of the animal, keepers should pay attention to a needs-oriented nutrition with high-quality food.