The independent Shiba Inu has a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
The Shiba Inu is one of the oldest living dog breeds. The Shiba Inu is believed to have originated in Japan, perhaps as far back as the 3rd century B.C. Historically, the Shiba Inu was used for hunting and to flush birds and other small game. During World War II, the breed almost became extinct and only survived thanks to three remaining bloodlines.
The Shiba Inu weighs 17 to 23 pounds and measures 13.5 to 16.5 inches.
The Shiba Inu is very clean and naturally odor free. The Shiba Inu only needs to be bathed occasionally and brushed once a week. They may need to be brushed more frequently during their heavy shedding season in the spring and fall. Like all dogs, the Shiba Inu also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Shiba Inu is spirited and feisty.
With their family, the Shiba Inu is a loving and affectionate family dog. The Shiba Inu adores their family members and wants to be included in all of their activities. The Shiba Inu gets along well with children, but tends to do better with older kids. The Shiba Inu can be territorial and does not always like to share their space.
The alert Shiba Inu makes a terrific watchdog. Shiba Inus are wary of strangers, although not aggressive with them. However, if they are not well socialized, Shiba Inus can be aggressive with dogs. They have lots of confidence and will not back down from a fight.
The Shiba Inu has a tendency to be dominant and likes to be the one in charge. The Shiba Inu is intelligent, but requires a firm, assertive and confident leader. They do best with experienced trainers.
Early socialization is very important for Shiba Inus. They can be possessive of their toys and food, and aggressive with other dogs. Socialization helps Shiba Inus learn how to interact appropriately with people and other animals.
The Shiba Inu needs lots of exercise and activity to be happy. A restless Shiba Inu is bound to get into mischief. The Shiba Inu needs a long daily walk as well as regular time to run and play in a secure area. They also like playing games of fetch and chasing balls around the yard.