Are Shiba Inus Good With Cats? Are They Feline Friendly?

It is very usual to portray or to watch on the TV or the internet that cats and dogs would naturally dislike each other. Even in cartoons, it is typical that a dog and a cat are seen feuding over anything or everything.

However, dogs and cats are popular companion pets who can co-exist harmoniously. Most dog breeds, whether laid back or aggressive, can be trained to socialize well with cats and other animals and vice versa.

Therefore, these two companion pets are just portrayed heavily in the media to be enemies, when, in fact, they can be friendly to each other. You can see a lot of evidence on the internet and even in real life that cats and dogs can generally be friends and playmates.

A Companion Dog With A Strong Personality

A Shiba Inu is the type of companion dog that has a bold and big personality. Even if its size is small to medium, it thinks and acts as if he’s a large-sized dog.

Trust me, I know, because I am a human companion of a Shiba Inu named Hara, and I have witnessed every day his distinct temperament and his exciting personality. And because he has this strong personality, Hara can be quite intimidating to other animals, especially whenever he’s in the mood to get active, play, and chase.

But since I learned about this quality of Shiba Inus even while Hara was young, I anticipated it by training him consistently and adequately on socialization as he was growing up. We made sure to expose him outdoors and let him see and interact with other people and animals so that he won’t grow up to be very aggressive and suspicious of others.

Now, in his fifth year, Hara is firm, brave, intelligent, and independent. Even if he has this aggressive hunter side in him, he grew up to be a friendly and interactive dog with other humans and animals, like cats.

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Some Interesting Things About The Shiba Inu

Apart from their strong personality, the Shiba Inu is packed with notable traits and exciting facts about them. Here are five fascinating things about the Shiba Inu breed.

  • Shiba Inus are an imported breed which originated from Japan.
    They are not native to the US. The Shiba Inu was first introduced in the country back in the 1950s when its human companions decided to bring the dog along.

    Back in Japan, these dogs were trained to become hunters. They helped their human companions in catching small game. Because of that, they became very active and bold, especially when it comes to hunting and chasing off other animals.
  • Shiba Inus are one of the original Japanese spitz breeds.
    The six genuine spitz breeds that are native to Japan are the Shiba Inu, Kai Ken, Shikoku Ken, Kishu Ken, Hokkaido Ken, and Akita Inu. Although they all look somewhat similar, the Shiba Inu is the smallest among the six.
  • Shiba Inus look similar to the fox.
    Their small pointed ears pointed face, and proportionate and strong legs look a lot like that of a fox. I think that this is also the reason why Shiba Inus, like the fox, is fierce and feisty.

    There are six fur coat colors of the Shiba Inu. These are sesame, black sesame, red, red sesame, black and tan, and cream. My five-year-old male, Shiba Inu, named Hara, has a luscious cream fur coat.
  • Shiba Inus are super clean.
    If there’s one thing that this dog has in common with cats, then it is their cleanliness. The Shiba Inu is so clean and tidy, and it doesn’t like getting wet or messy.

    Just like cats, they don’t naturally like the water, but through socialization, Shiba Inus can endure and enjoy the water as well. More on to their tidiness, Shiba Inus will not drink dirty water or eat unclean food. Also, they will avoid or walk around puddles at all times.
  • Shiba Inus are brilliant and independent.
    It amazed me when Hara quickly learned what his name is when he was still a puppy. Moreover, even if he could be stubborn at times, he promptly followed and stuck with his potty training.

    Now, he knows a lot of tricks, and he performs them well with ease. He’s knowledgeable, and he knows how to interact well with his environment.

    Along with his smarts, Hara is also very independent. He can manage to be alone half the time, and he would enjoy it while he’s off doing his own business. Moreover, he is often curious and would sometimes act on his instincts and curiosity about the world.

So… Are They Good With Cats?

Yes, they can be trained to be celebrated with cats and other animals. It’s natural for Shiba Inus to be aggressive and bold and always on the go. Still, once they are trained to socialize appropriately with other animals, they can grow up to be interactive, fun, and playful.

However, if a Shiba Inu is not adequately exposed to socialization training at a young age, it might grow as a highly suspicious and over-aggressive dog that can easily scare off others, even cats.

A Fun And Active Dog Best Friend

It all boils down to how a person trains his/her companion dog, right? Around fifty percent of a dog’s personality is, of course, inherited from its parents and ancestors.

However, the remaining half is majorly influenced by its environment and training. Whether a Shiba Inu or not, a dog has a great potential to become a good friend to other animals, even cats.

Based on my own experience, Shiba Inus are fun and active companion dogs that are intelligent and interactive with others. Most of all, they are loyal and devoted, especially to their human companions and family.

So, if you would want your Shiba Inu to become less aggressive and more interactive, you should adequately expose and train him/her in terms of socialization.

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