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The Shiba Inu, cunning like a fox

Cunning like a fox, this expression qualifies very well the Shiba Inu. Because in addition to being endowed with a particular intelligence and to be very smart, this race makes think of a true domestic fox with its sublime red coat. As it is endearing and very loyal, this dog is perfect for families.

Characteristics of the Shiba Inu

Small in size, the Shiba has a well-proportioned body. The females measure between 35 and 38 cm while the males are between 38 and 41 cm. It has a well drawn musculature and a fine bone structure. Its round head has a broad forehead and a thick muzzle that tapers to the front. The Shiba has small triangular ears that are well erect and reminiscent of a fox. The eyes are small and black.

This breed has a medium length coat with erect hair. Sesame, red sesame, black sesame, black and tan and red are the main coat colors allowed. The coat must have urajiro, whitish hairs visible on several parts of the animal's body.

History of the Shiba Inu breed

The Shiba comes from the mountainous regions of Japan. This breed, known as primitive, has not known only happy days. During the Japanese industrial revolution, many European dogs were imported into the country and crossed with the Shiba. As this breed was neglected in favor of these imported breeds, especially in hunting activities, it almost became extinct between 1912 and 1926. To preserve it, a club was founded by enthusiasts and hunters in 1928. A few years later, the Shiba was finally given its own standard. Today, it is considered a national treasure in Japan.

Living conditions and behavior of the Shiba Inu

Very alert, attentive and loyal, the Shiba is also known for its strong character and independent temperament. It is said that he is not very affectionate. But in the end, it all depends on his education. In fact, this is one of the most important aspects to consider when adopting this animal. From a very young age, it must be educated with rewards and games, because it can develop sociability problems later on towards strangers or other animals.

To ensure its well-being, a home with a garden is strongly recommended. If this is not possible and you live in an apartment, plan many outings at very regular intervals to allow him to stretch his legs. With this animal, you will not have any problem with the neighborhood because it almost never barks.

Diet and main health problems of the Shiba Inu

This hardy breed is not prone to any particular genetic disease. If it benefits from a good follow-up at the veterinarian as well as adequate care, it can live very old.

On the other hand, it will be necessary to envisage a good food containing especially meats and animal by-products very reduced in fat if possible. The whole will be completed with vegetables and rice.