So you think a Shiba Inu is the right dog for you??   Let me tell you some of the unique characteristics
                       of this "big dog in a small body" that could make this breed a challenge to the  average dog owner.

                     In  their eyes, they can take on the world no matter  how big the foe or the
task.  They are dominant with other dogs and do not usually get along  well with other "bossy" dogs of the same sex. They will however get along great
with another dog or cat that agrees the Shiba is boss.

Shibas can be runners. The Shiba Inu is a natural hunter. Given a chance they will take off in search of game. It is advisable to never trust your Shiba off lead unless in a fenced yard.
The Shibas least favorite word is "come."  They will usually take your number and get back to you, when called.

Shibas have a mind of their own. While it is possible to obedience train a Shiba it is a challenge. Tell him to sit and he sits....sometimes. If there is
something in it for him, and it is convenient at the time.

Shibas always like to be in charge their favorite word is "mine."
Although not "barky" dogs they do yodel and scream
anytime they  feel they are being violated, such as
nail trimming, bathing and leash breaking.

They are a double coated breed that sheds once or twice a year.

If all this hasn't discouraged you, than maybe, this is the dog for you. Let me tell you about the wonderful side of this beautiful little dog.

Shibas are a relatively healthy and sturdy breed. Their life span is anywhere from 12 to 15 years or more.

They housebreak very easy, usually  in just days.

The Shiba is very much a big dog in a little package and noted for its extreme loyalty to its family.  Shibas are
very intelligent, proud and dignified.

The Shiba is both an active and adaptable animal. They enjoy hearty romps in the backyard, but do well in apartment life, as long as the owner does not
mind an occasional round of   " Shiba 500" in the living room.

Shibas are extremely people oriented and require a fair amount of love and
attention from their owners to be happy and do best kept as inside
house dogs.

Shibas are very clean and cat like and will actually clean themselves and each other. They have very little doggie odder and only need light brushing and an occasional bath.

Shibas are usually very good when raised with children, although it is extremely important to teach  children in the family to not tease
and torment the dog.  NEVER leave a young child unattended with a dog,
no matter what the breed for the dogs safety as well as the child's.

Shibas can be good watch dogs and will often be seen perched on high
objects in order to keep an eye on things. Such as the back of the couch,
picnic tables, etc.

One more thing you must know about the Shiba they are habit forming and
most people can't stop with just one. There is no known cure.



                                   To learn about the Japanese Kai Ken click here

Compare the Shiba the Kai Ken and the Akita click here