There are several breeds native to Japan; among them, Shiba Inu is the smallest in size that comes from the Japanese country. It is a breed with a long history that was about to disappear. Perfect pet, very attached to their human, able to get along with children and other animals.
Their life expectancy is between 12 and 15 years.
They are undeniably loyal, friendly, enthusiastic, proud, and confident.
The Shiba Inu is a peculiar dog, with a strong character and quite independent. It is not a lap dog, and although it is quiet, it can bark at unfamiliar noises, things, or people. They keep their distance from strangers due to their distrust, but they are very affectionate with their family.
Although it was originally a dog raised in the mountains, it can live in small homes thanks to its size.
They learn quickly because of their intelligence, but sometimes it is difficult for them to obey because they are very proud, patience is needed with them. Good socialization from a puppy is essential to facilitate their relationship with other dogs, something to take into account.
Shiba Inu are generally healthy dogs, but they are not free from suffering from some diseases such as patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, or progressive retinal atrophy.
The specimens of this breed enjoy grooming themselves as much as a cat. They are very clean. However, they must be brushed frequently, between 2 and 3 times a week will be enough, except in the shedding season, when it is convenient to do it daily to remove all dead hair and dirt. Their cloak does not need cutting. When it comes to bathing, it should not often be, as you can lose the natural fat that protects you and irritate your skin. This breed does not love water precisely. You have to be careful so that its first baths are a pleasant experience.
The Shiba Inu is a very active breed. You need a lot of exercises. These dogs have to go for a walk several times a day, in addition to playing or practicing sports.
Pay attention to their eyes as they produce abundant rheum. It is important to take care of this peculiarity. Some sterile gauze pads and a little saline solution or water will be enough to remove it.