Are Shiba Inus Hypoallergenic? Big Answer is No, Find Out Why

Before adopting a dog, you should do your research well and you should be completely sure if adopting a certain type of animal will be best for you and your soon-to-be pet’s life and overall health. If you plan to just adopt any type of dog in your home without proper research or understanding, then this could lead to problems, particularly on health such as allergic reactions.

If you or any of your household member has allergies, then you should never adopt a dog that’s not hypoallergenic. The logic really is simple – non-hypoallergenic dogs and other animals will trigger allergic reactions ranging from the simple rashes and sneezing to the severe anaphylactic shock in the form of vomiting, swelling, and being unable to breathe.

This matter is really serious and should always be on top of the mind of every person who desires to welcome and embrace an animal into his/her life. Without properly knowing how living with an animal could affect your life and your health could lead to stress and even danger.

A Great Companion Dog But…

A Shiba Inu, known for its intelligence, bravery, independence, and agility, is one of the greatest and most interesting companion dogs a person or a family could ever have and love. I can attest to this because I am a proud human companion of an adorable male cream Shiba Inu named Hara.

However, to tell you straight, Shiba Inus are not hypoallergenic. Therefore, they are not meant for everyone.

This means that even if you want to adopt a Shiba Inu so much, it just won’t be a perfect fit if you or any of your family members have allergies. Shiba Inus shed their hairs on a regular basis and this would definitely trigger allergic reactions on some people.

Lucky for us, we don’t have any allergies. This means that even if I went to the adoption center five years ago without much of a research on which dog breed should I adopt, it didn’t really matter that much in terms of health because we don’t have allergies.

I chose to adopt Hara because he and I had an instant connection when I first stepped into the center. I knew that he would be the best companion for us and I wasn’t wrong at all.

So, if you’re sure that you or anyone in your family don’t have any allegies, then a Shiba Inu could be a great companion for you.

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A Quick Background On The Shiba Inu Bloodline

Did you know that the Shiba Inu is not a native breed to the US? Yes, they’re not. As a matter of fact, Shiba Inus originated from Japan.

The Japanese originally bred the Shiba Inu to train them as hunting dogs. They thrived in the Chubu region where hiking trails and mountainous terrains can be found. Early Shiba Inus were used to being outdoors most of the time.

Since they were trained to flush out and hunt for small game like rabbits and birds, Shiba Inus became active and aggressive dogs with hunter instincts. But beyond their being boldness when it comes to the chase, they are still companion dogs who love and value their human companions.

The Shiba Inu is not just the only popular Japanese spitz breed. In fact, there are five other original spitz breeds that originated from Japan. These are Shikoku Ken, Akita Inu, Kai Ken, Hokkaido Ken, and Kishu Ken.

Even though the Shiba Inu has close resemblance to Hokkaido Ken and Akita Inu, you will immediately notice upon a closer look that the Shiba Inu is smaller in size. Actually, the Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six Japanese spitz breeds.

The average weight of a male Shiba Inu is 10.5 kilos and of a female one is 8 kilos. Meanwhile, the average height of a male Shiba Inu is 14 to 17 inches while that of a female is 13 to 16 inches.

With these vital statistics, you will immediately realize that the Shiba Inu is on the small to medium size. But even with a compact and proportionate body, this dog possesses a strong personality oozing with confidence, boldness, and assertiveness.

My dog Hara can be very intimidating to other animals (and humans!), even with just how he walks or how he looks at them. When playing with other animals, he would act as if he’s the leader and therefore they should follow him. Most of all, Hara is very used to being admired and praised.

Truly, the Shiba Inu is such a distinct breed because of their strong personality, intelligence, and independence. If I could recommend this dog to everyone, I would. But it’s just not possible because they are not hypoallergenic.

How Shiba Inus Shed

Shiba Inus shed daily and seasonally. Their daily shedding is manageable and what I do is I vacuum the house and surfaces every other day to clean Hara’s hairs.

Twice every year, particularly during the onset of spring and of winter, Hara “blows his coat”. This means that his entire soft and thick undercoat gets replaced with a new set of a healthy coat. Now, this type of shedding is more intense so during this time I make sure to vacuum everyday and to assist his blowing of coat by brushing his body.

With this amount and consistency of shedding, Shiba Inus are therefore not hypoallergenic. Moreover, the hairs that they shed has dander or dead skin cells which trigger allergic reactions in humans.

A Top Companion Dog In Japan

Nonetheless, most people in Japan who don’t have any allergies would choose a Shiba Inu as their companion. In fact, this spitz breed is the top companion dog in the country.

Again, if you or any of your relatives have allergies, you should not adopt a Shiba Inu because it would only trigger your allergies. But if you don’t have any form of allergy, then a Shiba Inu might just be your perfect companion.

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