It is very usual for companion and family dogs to be adorable, cuddly, playful, and attention-seeking of its owners and companions. Beagles, Golden Retrievers, and Yorkshire Terriers are just a few of the many outstandingly friendly and cuddly dog breeds that are known in the entire world.
But it’s quite a different story with the Shiba Inu. Even though it’s one of the top companion dogs in Japan and the US, these dogs are not as cuddly as you would like to think and expect.
Shiba Inus are more on the active and aggressive side because of their in-born hunting instincts. But what truly makes them unique is their intelligence and independence.
Shiba Inus have this strong and powerful will, and they often follow their curiosity and instincts about whatever it is that they sense or encounter. They are the kind of dogs who don’t mind being alone and can be left doing their own business.
As A Human Companion Of A Shiba Inu…
I have five wonderful years of experience living with one, and I can attest to the uniqueness of the Shiba Inu in terms of the physical, mental, and emotional aspects. It all started when I decided to go to an adoption center, so we could finally adopt a dog.
Out of all the cute dogs at the center, I sensed a connection with a male cream Shiba Inu puppy, whom I would later call Hara. I saw him looking at me, and maybe he had noticed my brightly colored beanie at that time.
At first, he was somewhat apprehensive when he felt that I wanted to get him. But, when I smiled and touched his head and ears slightly, he obliged and allowed me to carry him. That was the moment that I was sure we both felt that we were going to be family.
Living with Hara is a beautiful journey. I learned that Shiba Inus are small to medium-sized with double fur coats and a cute curled up tail. They are independent, intelligent, strong, brave, and born with hunter instincts.
It was quite a challenge back then when he was young to train him in terms of proper socialization because of these dominating qualities. However, we are consistent and patient. We made sure that Hara could lead a healthy and happy life in harmony with his surroundings, his habits, and his social life.
What we both love about Hara is he’s adaptable and trainable. He quickly learned his name and easily understood our instructions and guidance.
Most importantly, he grew up to be a very independent dog. Half of the time, we can leave him alone while we work or do some chores, and he’s perfectly fine by it. He’s the kind of dog who is not clingy and needy. He’s someone who can carry himself as if he’s entirely in charge of his own life.
But as a companion dog, he returned our love and care by being loyal and affectionate towards us. He’s capable of being friendly, and he would allow us to cuddle him sometimes, and those moments are golden nuggets I would always cherish. Even though he can be stubborn at times, he would still let us know that he deeply values us.
All About The Shiba Inu Breed
Did you know that this special basal breed is originally from Japan? Shiba Inus is one of the original spitz breeds originating from Japan, including the Kai Ken, Kishu Ken, Akita Inu, Shikoku Ken, and Hokkaido Ken.
Before the 1990s, Shiba Inus thrived in the mountainous area of the Chubu region in Japan. Their primary purpose was to become hunting dogs who would help their owners catch small game. This is the reason why they are naturally agile, bold, and excellent at running.
Aside from the admirable cream fur color, there are five more colors of the Shiba Inu. These are black and tan, sesame, red sesame, black sesame, and red.
Shiba Inus are double-coated. The outer coat is stiffer than the undercoat. Shiba Inus do shed daily and seasonally. The daily shedding of hairs is quite manageable, but the seasonal blowing of the coat should be anticipated and managed well so that the process won’t stress you and your dog.
The Japanese have three words to portray the Shiba Inu breed.
- Ryosei – good nature
- Kaani-i – bold and brave with intelligence and composure
- Soboku – alert and open and refined spirit
Here are some distinct qualities of the Shiba Inus:
- They are very clean dogs. They don’t drool and keep themselves and their spaces neat and tidy.
- They don’t naturally like water. They are not a water dog breed. But they can be trained while young to like the water through proper training and socialization.
- They are on the smallish side, but they possess a big personality. They can be aggressive sometimes, especially when in the mood to “hunt,” but overall, they are reliable and independent dogs who can create strong bonds with family and companions.
Can You Leave Them Alone Without Any Hassle?
When Hara was younger, he would sometimes bite stuff at home when we leave him alone for a while. This is so natural for young pups who are curious about their surroundings. But with proper training, Hara outgrew his stuff biting habit and learned to respect things and materials at home.
Shiba Inus are naturally independent, so yes, you could leave them alone. But you have to make sure that you trained them well so that whenever you leave them alone, you can expect no bitten pillows or other stuff at home.
A Truly Regal Dog
Shiba Inus are brilliant and independent, and they act like they’re the most special and majestic of them all. This quality is one of the reasons why Shiba Inu owners like me are genuinely proud and happy.
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