Shiba Inu dog breed

Shiba Inu

Loyal, Brave, Active

Shiba Inu is known as one of the most loyal dog breeds out there. The most popular breed in Japan, it is a well-built, independent and an active dog.

Shiba Inu dog breed

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 14 – 17 inches

Weight

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  • 18 – 22 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 13 – 15 years

Health Risk

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Luxating Patella

What is it?:

Luxating Patella is a condition where the kneecap moves out of its grove and causes pain and discomfort.

% of dogs affected

15%

Clinical signs

The clinical symptoms of this condition may include –

  • Stiffness in the leg
  • May see your doh skipping and jumping to slide the kneecap back in its place
  • The way of walking of the dog changes
  • There is discomfort or pain while walking

Treatment

The treatment for luxating patella depends on the severity of the illness. The treatment for luxating patella is:

  • Pain relief medications with help reduce the discomfort, pain, and swelling
  • Physical therapy could be given to dogs, to strengthen their muscles and make sure the kneecap does not snap out of place.
  • A realignment surgery can be performed on the dog in severe cases where there is a lot of pain and movement of the dog is difficult.

Average Vet Bill

$5000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $4500

80% = $4000

70% = $3500

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Active

The dog can move with nimble, elastic steps.

Loyal

The loyalty stories of Shiba Inus have become popular all over the internet. Loyalty is one factor which Shiba Inus have undoubtedly.

Bold

Shiba Inu, as a breed, is also known for its boldness and fearlessness. It will very well protect you whenever needed.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

It has a double coat, with a soft fluffy inner one and a top layer to protect it from cold in winters

Colors

Shiba Inu comes in only 4 colors; red, black and tan, sesame and cream

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The breed will need proper brushing during shedding season, otherwise a periodic hygiene and brushing routine would do fine

Training

Shiba Inus are smart and active but not very obedient when it comes to training. Leaving the dog off-leash will prove to be very risky.

The Shiba Inu breed is a Japanese breed that is found majorly in its originating country. It was introduced to the US in the past 60 years. It is primarily a hunting breed but in recent times, it has gained much popularity as a companion, especially after the story of a famous Shiba Inu, Hachiko who would wait at Shibuya Station every day for 10 years to await Ueno, his owner’s return unknown of his death. The dog now has a bronze statue outside the station as a symbol of loyalty.

The second reason for the popularity of this breed is a cryptocurrency named after the breed. Shiba Inu is one of the most popular crypto coins out there with a total market capitalization of around 5 billion dollars. Another popular cryptocurrency, Dogecoin, bears an image of Shiba Inu as its logo.

Shiba Inu: Introduction to the Breed

Shiba Inu is a small breed with a bold, agile, and alert nature. Often mistaken for Akita Inu or Hokkaido, the breed actually has a completely different bloodline, temperament, and size.

Some of the notable and distinct physical characteristics of Shiba Inu include:

  • Short fur
  • Foxlike face, ears, and legs
  • Weird looking tails
  • Cream to white ventral color on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, inside the ears, on the underjaw and upper throat inside of legs, on the abdomen, around the vent and the ventral side of the tail (called the ‘Urajiro’)

Shiba Inu is best suited for pet owners:

  • Experienced owners
  • Owners with patience and calm
  • Confident, assertive, and a bold pet parent
  • Owners who can spend enough time with the dog
  • Big houses with enough walking space
  • Fenced living

Things to watch out for before deciding to own a Shiba Inu

  • They are very stubborn – The breed is a bold, strong-headed one, who when decide to do something, will do it irrespective of their owners shouting otherwise.
  • Shiba Scream – It is an official term given to their scream as it is one of the most distinguishable features. They have a very high-pitched scream which comes out whenever they feel they are being wronged. It will probably be heard for miles.
  • They will run away – They will actually run away if left off-leash in an open area and there is a high chance that they will not be found after that. So leaving this dog in a park open is the riskiest thing you’ll be doing.
  • They shed a lot – They blow their dense undercoat twice a year – once in the spring and once in the late fall. So be ready to find hair all over your place and your black clothes.

What should a Shiba Inu eat?

As a pet owner, your responsibility is high towards maintaining a good diet for your dog as it will decide whether the dog will live a healthy life or not. In the case of Shiba Inus, a high-quality dog food diet will do. You may find some dogs of this breed very picky in what they eat. In that case, special healthy treats can be made to feed along with other food as recommended by the vet. Some of them can also be prone to obesity, so their weight levels are to be monitored regularly. It is important to know which human foods can dogs eat and which could be toxic before feeding anything.

Conclusion

A hunting breed from Japan, Shiba Inu is now the most popular dog companion in its originating country. Known for its loyalty, boldness, independent nature, and unique and attractive looks, it is gaining much popularity in the west as well. With their foxlike looks, It will be very difficult for people to ignore a Shiba Inu if you’re walking with one. Just keep an eye on him/her all the time and make sure he/she gets enough exercise and training along with healthy food and he/she will reward you with ultimate loyalty and affection.

Happy Mood and Health to your Doggo and lots of Love and Lick to you!

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