The Shiba Inu is among one of Japan’s six native breeds. They are known for their spirited personality, small upright ears, and cat-like agility. Their bright eyes, soft coat, and bushy tail make for a small dog with a big attitude. Shiba’s are strong-willed and confident, and often have their own ideas about things. They love to herd and chase small animals. Training a Shiba Inu requires some skill due to their stubborn nature and free-thinking spirit. Despite having a tendency to guard food and territory, they are loving and loyal family members and companions.
Common Health Conditions
- Shibas love exploring and playing -- so bone problems can impact a Shiba’s quality of life. Patellar luxation, which is the displacement of your dog's kneecap, is a common problem.
- Shibas are also vulnerable to glandular problems, including hypothyroidism, hyperadrenalism and Addison's disease.
- Allergies are also a problem in the breed, that typically cause itching, redness, or hair loss.