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Shiba Inu

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Dog Breed Group
Non Sporting Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Japan 
Life Expectancy
13 - 16 Years 
Color
Red, salt and pepper, black, black and tan or white. 
Coat
Harsh, straight. 
Exercise Needs
It needs a fair amount of excercise and good daily brushing to look trim. 
Temperament
Affectionate, friendly and sensitive dog making it a fine pet as well as a show dog or hunter. 
Good with Children
It is good with chidlren. Same sex dog aggression is common. It is also highly territorial. 
Grooming Needs
Brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary as he has a natural water-proof coat. Needs plenty of exercise by  
Average Size - Male (in)
14.5 - 16.5 
Average Size - Female (in)
13.5 - 15.5 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
20 - 30 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
20 - 30 
Health Issues
Hip dysplasia, patella luxation, may retain puppy teeth.v
Living Conditions
Family environment with a fenced yard. Can live outdoors or indoors in both hot and cold conditions, but prefers to be with his  

Breed Description

The Shiba-Inus with his outgoing personality, convenient size, and good nature has made him the most common pet in the Japan. Growing in popularity worldwide it has only been in recent years that he has been seen out of his native land. Though he may be difficult to train, if he is handled with consistent firm training he will respond well. He is not a dog for the faint-hearted as he is a large animal in a small body. Shiba Inus are loyal and possess a good sense of what you are feeling. He needs to have human interaction and should not be left alone in the back yard. Unique vocal sounds his bark may sound like a "yodel". He will usually only bark when he has reason. The oldest native dog of Japan he dates back to the third century B.C. when he was used as a hunting dog. He almost became extinct in 1952 due to an outbreak of distemper.

Breed Infobits

The Shiba Inu is a very noble dog which makes an excellent watch-dog and delights in alerting its owner with its distinctive bark.

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