Small or big, fluffy or not, loud or quiet, active or laid back — all dogs are simply adorable. I, for one, am a dog companion for five years now, and I chose a Shiba Inu to be my dog’s best friend.
And there is just nothing not to love. My five-year-old male cream Shiba Inu named Hara is smart, healthy, active, and independent. We love Hara so much, and we treat him as if he’s our son.
What Is There Not To Love?
A huge part of him being independent could be the reason why Hara is usually quiet. He can decide on his own, and he follows his instincts and curiosity most of the time. He rarely barks to get our attention, but he does bark whenever he senses something strange or if he needs something from us.
But generally, Shiba Inus are quiet dogs. They can tolerate being left alone, and they don’t cause too much distraction on us or destruction in the house. Their independence has made them very mature in the way they behave, think, move, and interact.
Are Shiba Inus From Japan?
Yes, they are indeed from Japan, specifically in the mountainous region of Chubu. Originally bred to become hunting dogs, Shiba Inus were used to helping their human companions in hunting for small-sized game.
The Shiba Inu bloodline is one of the six authentic spitz breeds coming from Japan. These include the Akita Inu, Shikoku Ken, Hokkaido Ken, Kishu Ken, and Kai Ken. Even though they all look similar, you will see the differences in size, shape, and features after keen observation.
The Shiba Inu differs from the other Japanese spitz breeds, mainly in terms of its size. It is the smallest of the six with an average male height at 14 to 17 inches and average female height at 13 to 16 inches. Meanwhile, the average male weight is 10.5 kilograms, and the average female weight is 8 kilograms.
Shiba Inus feels very pleasant to touch and cuddle. Their fur is double coated. The undercoat is soft and thick, and the outer coat is straight and stiff. Moreover, they do shed their hairs daily and seasonally.
My five-year-old Hara has vital statistics within a healthy average. He stands at 16.5 inches tall and around 10 kilograms, which is usually consistent. His luscious cream fur is gorgeous and healthy. Moreover, he sheds his hair naturally every day and blows his coat twice a year.
How Do They Differ From Other Breeds?
There are three T’s that feature the distinct qualities of the Shiba Inu from other companion dog breeds. These are temperament, tidiness, and tail.
- Distinct Temperament
If you’re looking for a clingy and cuddly dog, then Shiba Inu is probably not the best choice for you. This dog is independent and intelligent, and it can be aggressive if triggered or provoked.
Based on my own experience, Hara is the type of dog who can be left alone half of the time, and he wouldn’t mind it. He would cuddle us or allow us to hug him now and then, especially when he’s in the mood.
Shiba Inus are brilliant, and they tend to outsmart other dogs (even other humans!) because of their bold and assertive personality. Also, because of their in-born hunter instincts, they can come off aggressive sometimes and won’t back down until they get what they want.
When he’s in the mood, Hara can still be a sweet and affectionate dog who simply loves his human companions – us. Because of our persistent training of him, he grew up to become a dog who is independent but can interact well with others.
- Interesting Tidiness
Together with his innate discomfort with water, Hara is very clean and tidy and doesn’t like getting dirty or messy. He’s a dog that’s like a cat when it comes to cleanliness.
Shiba Inus are not a water breed, which means they don’t naturally like water. However, if they are adequately trained and exposed to water, they can learn to endure and enjoy it. Otherwise, the only relationship they will make with water is whenever they drink it.
At first, Hara strongly disliked taking a bath. He didn’t like it whenever it’s grooming time. However, he eventually learned to endure taking a bath once a week because of our persistence.
Moreover, Hara enjoys walking along the lakeshore whenever we go out. However, he doesn’t swim, and he would never step on a puddle. It’s an exciting thing when it comes to Shiba Inus and water or mess.
- Curled Up Tail
Shiba Inu is among the few dogs with adorable curly tails. The tail of a Shiba Inu is curled up over its lower back, forming a curl or a ring.
Its tail has longer hairs as compared to its entire body. Moreover, their tail is soft to touch, and it’s very distinct and recognizable upon sight. This is probably one of the cutest things about Shiba Inus, which I like the most.
Do Shiba Inus Bark A Lot… Or Not?
To set this one straight, Shiba Inus are generally quiet. They rarely bark, which makes them perfect for simple apartment living.
But when it’s necessary or urgent or strange, Shiba Inus can let out a clear and sharp bark that can immediately alert its human companions. Also, when they are filled with happiness or sadness, they would even let out a bark.
A Loyal And Smart Companion
Hara is an intelligent and loyal companion to us, and I bet that all human companions of Shiba Inus feel as happy and as proud as us. His personality suits our lifestyle best because he’s not too clingy, is very smart, is very tidy, and is not loud at all.
If you and your family are looking for a companion dog who is independent, healthy, quiet, smart, and clean, then a Shiba Inu is the right one for you.
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