Are you and your family ready for a beautiful adventure? If you are planning to own or if you already own a Shiba Inu, then you should know and appreciate that this dog is one of the top companion dogs in the US and Japan.
I am one of the many happy and proud human companions of a Shiba Inu. My five-year-old male cream Shiba Inu is named Hara, and he’s been a delightful member of our family since the day I decided to adopt him.
If there is one word to describe Shiba Inus, I would say that the word “strong” would best apply to them. They are durable, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Shiba Inus are born with hunter instincts and remarkable intelligence. More importantly, they are naturally independent and confident in their skin.
It’s only natural for you to want to have more baby Shiba Inus when your original one becomes an adult. Therefore, it is essential to know how to properly and effectively breed them. Since Shiba Inus are on the small to medium size, their litter size or number of puppies at a single birthing period is naturally fewer than other larger dogs.
Prepare To Be Amazed By Their Uniqueness
Hara, my male cream Shiba Inu, is our first and only companion dog at present. Since we don’t have any child yet, we treat Hara very much like our own son.
Back when I first stepped into the adoption center where I got Hara from, I didn’t know which breed, color, or size of dog will I adopt. I went there without any preferences. I intentionally did not do my research about the different dog breeds because I didn’t want to have a choice before I go to the adoption center.
My goal was to rely on my instinct. My feelings. I wanted to go to the adoption center without anything in my mind, so I would find the dog that would immediately feel like family to me. And yes, I found it in Hara.
I wasn’t prepared for all the qualities that Hara has got. So, aside from reading a lot about the Shiba Inu bloodline, I also learned from my daily experiences living with Hara. And I became amazed at how unique Shiba Inus are.
These dogs are merely smart. When Hara was still a puppy, he immediately learned what his name is. When I persistently potty trained him, he consistently followed the routine and has been doing it ever since. He knows basic and more complex dog tricks, and he can follow instructions and gestures very well.
The Shiba Inu has a compact yet muscular body. Another unique thing about them is that their tails have longer hairs and are curled up on their lower back. It looks like a small cute curl or ring, and it adds to their charm.
These companion dogs are very independent. Their natural hunter instinct allows them to follow their curiosity and act on their own decisions. With proper training and socialization, Shiba Inus can grow up to become independent dogs with the capability to interact well with other humans and animals.
Finally, Shiba Inus are super clean dogs. They’re actually like cats! They also naturally avoid water because they are not a water breed. However, they can outgrow this through proper training and socialization.
Where Do Shiba Inus Come From?
History states that Shiba Inus come from Japan and have been existing around the 19th century. They were initially bred as hunter dogs who assist their owners in stalking and hunting for small game. They are well-loved by the Japanese because of their beautiful appearance, their healthy body, and their intelligent mind.
The Japanese portray Shiba Inus with three words. First is kaani-i, which means spirited boldness, then soboku, which means alertness, and lastly, ryosei, which means good nature. After first reading these descriptions, my pride for having Hara in our lives got even more significant.
It was in the 1950s when the first Shiba Inu arrived in the US. Since then, this special basal breed gradually became popular and has been among the favorite companion dogs in the country. Nowadays, every time we would walk Hara at the park or by the lake, people would always notice how beautiful and unique he is.
How Many Puppies Can You Expect From A Female Shiba Inu?
With regards to dog litter size, it heavily depends on the size of the breed. The usual proportion is, the more significant the dog size, the bigger the litter size.
Since Shiba Inus are small to medium size, their litter size is also more modest when compared to large dogs. Commonly, female Shiba Inus give birth to three puppies on a single birthing period. However, due to other factors, they can typically have a litter size worth two to five puppies. The best age to breed your female Shiba Inu is within one to two years old.
The birthing process of female Shiba Inus usually happens smoothly because they are naturally healthy. However, it is still essential to give the mother proper diet and nutrition, to avoid her getting stressed, and to conduct regular checkups during her pregnancy.
Generally, they are a healthy dog breed. Shiba Inus can live with you for 12 to 15 years without any significant health problems as long as they are well cared for.
A Best Friend Who’s Loyal And Independent
Shiba Inus are strong and intelligent dogs who are very loyal and independent. They can be a bit challenging at times to take care of or manage because of their dynamic and robust personality. But with proper training and socialization, these dogs can interact harmoniously with other humans and animals aside from family.
If you’re planning to breed your female Shiba Inu, just make sure to follow all the vet guidelines so that her successful pregnancy can give birth to beautiful and healthy puppies.
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