No, It’s not a fox
If you own a Shiba, then you know how often strangers on the street remark on the just how much your dog looks like a fox. Walking my daughter’s Shiba’s I have had people stop me asking if i’m walking a fox.
Shiba Inus aren’t very big, their about 15 inches at the shoulder and weighing between 17 and 23 pounds. They are very musculary, barrel-chested and have a glossy overcoat and a thick undercoat that keeps them plenty warm in cooler weather.
Most dogs shed—which is normal. But if you own a Shiba Inu you know this is on a whole other level. I have heard people who like to spin dog fur love to knit with it!
Shiba Inus “blow their coat” two times a year, but the amount of fur they shed, it makes it seem a lot longer than that. If you have the time give your Shiba regular brush-out’s. We sometimes vacuum them as well, it really helps.
How do Shibas let you know when they’re unhappy? Well I’ll tell you they belt out a wail that seems outsized in regards to their size. This, my friend, is what we call the “Shiba scream”. Occasionally we’ll hear it when they’re super happy, such as when they’re playing with other dogs, or just excited to see someone come over for a visit.
Shibas come in various colors
Usually think of the Shiba Inu, as black and tan but, the breed actually has many color variations. These are sesame, a mixture of red and white with black-tipped fur, and cream.
Shiba Inu are very clean
While Shiba Inus do tend to shed a lot, other than brushing, they don’t need a lot of grooming.
They spend a lot of time self-grooming and rarely need to be bathed but however, my daughters like to be outside and roll in things so they do get bathed quite often.
Training a Shiba is…an experience all in itself
I’ve mentioned before that the Shiba Inu breed tends to be…well, to put it politely a bit stubborn.
Shibas are highly intelligent, so be patient, and stay consistent.
Shiba snuggles are the best
Finally, a Shiba’s personality is that they can be fiercely loyal to their family. Coupled with their tendency to be a bit aloof and less needy of affection and attention than many other breeds, when a Shiba decides it’s time for a cuddle, well, it’s time for a cuddle. And that, my friend, is what life is all about. Shiba love and Shiba cuddles.