Female and male Shiba Inus have a lot in common. They are both brilliant, independent, stubborn, and can be difficult to train. However, some key differences make each one unique:
- Female Shiba Inus are more expensive to buy or adopt than male Shiba Inus.
- Male and female Shiba Inus have different sizes, weights, temperaments (see below).
- The personality of the two genders is also different: Males tend to be bolder and females more gentle.
- Females bark much less than males do… but that might not sound like a good thing!
Sizes, Weight, Physical Appearance
Female Shiba Inus are usually smaller in size, weight and have less dominant personalities than males do. They also need more training than males because they often have strong prey drives that must be managed through play or exercise. Females also require a lot of grooming than males because they typically shed their coats twice as much as the average male does!
Male Shiba Inus are typically around 12 to 15 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 18 to 30 pounds. Females are usually around 11 to 14 inches tall and weigh anywhere from 16 to 25 pounds.
Male Shiba Inus cannot get heavier than 30lbs because they need much more food to maintain their weight!
Female Shiba Inus can grow up to become obese if not fed properly, especially since female dogs require fewer calories per pound than male ones.
Females have a more pointed snout, and males tend to be broader in the face. Females have a more narrow face, and males tend to have broader, shorter faces. Males also carry their ears up while females carry theirs down around the neck.
Coat and Grooming
Males have a thicker coat than females, which is also more coarse and wiry. Males have a shorter coat that’s easy to groom and clean, while females require more time for grooming because they shed their coats twice as much!
Males typically need to be brushed once or twice every week, with female Shiba Inus needing about three times per week.
Females also need regular ear cleaning if not done regularly – this is something males don’t usually require since the hair in their ears is so short.
Female Shiba Inus will often get mats under their fur, too, which can cause skin infections if left unchecked!
Male Shiba Inus only needs an occasional bath (once every two months), but females should get bathed at least monthly and be clipped of excess hair around the face and feet.
It’s the females that are more expensive to adopt or buy because they’re so rare.
Males and Females both require many exercises, but males usually don’t need as much grooming time, which cuts down on costs in general.
Female Shiba Inus have double the matting potential with twice as often shedding, but males are more likely to develop skin conditions and infections.
Male Shiba Inus, on the other hand, need less grooming time than females but require a lot of exercises because they’re so active!
Females only need an occasional bath (once every two months), while males can go for up to six months without needing one at all. This saves a lot of time and money.
Personality, Temperament, and Training
Male Shiba Inus are typically more independent and confident. They also love to be the center of attention!
On the other hand, females usually want to please their owners and do well in obedience training because they’re smart.
Females can be harder to train because they have stronger prey drives that must be managed through play or exercise.
Males tend to need less maintenance when it comes to grooming thanks to shorter hair lengths, but females require a lot of grooming compared to males because they typically shed their coat twice as much as the average male does!
Females are more shy and reserved, while males are typically bolder. Females can have a higher prey drive than male Shiba Inus, so they do not make the best dogs for homes with small pets.
Males don’t usually exhibit high prey drives unless underfed or over-exercised.
Females have a higher level of energy, but males tend to be lazier.
Male Shiba Inus have personality traits that make them more suitable for homes with children of any age and lifestyle. In contrast, the female’s energy level makes her unsuitable for a home with children under seven.
Female Shiba Inus are often considered less aggressive, but they can still protect their territory and owners.
Males are usually more aggressive than females because they have to fend off other males in the wild for mating rights with a female. Male Shiba Inus also require less training than female Shiba Inus, but both genders need plenty of exercise and socialization.
Female Shiba Inus also require more time for socialization while males are easier to handle. Females can be less confident and wary of their surroundings unless they have been sufficiently exposed to them. In contrast, male Shiba Inus would typically act aggressively in new environments but will often calm down after being there a little longer.
Males experience separation anxiety much less than females do, which is another difference between the two genders!
Males tend to like banging around things such as boxes or toys with other dogs, so that’s something else you may want to factor into your cost analysis because female Shiba Inus don’t seem interested in those sorts of activities at all. They’re always looking for ways to stop whatever it is they’re doing without thinking about it.
Cost to adopt or buy
Female Shiba Inus are typically more expensive to adopt or buy, costing $1000-$1500 from a breeder, while males can cost anywhere between $500-$2000. Males may be cheaper in price initially, but females tend to have lower medical expenses, which means they will be cheaper in the long run.
Females also have a higher risk for medical problems, so they can be more expensive to adopt or buy. Female Shiba Inus typically need more grooming than a male, so you may want to factor in this cost as well.
Female Shiba Inus have a much higher risk of biting than males, leading to larger medical expenses when necessary. Still, they are less likely to develop issues with aggression that often plague male Shiba Inus, so there is more consistency and predictability as far as behavior goes.
Male or Female Shiba Inu? You Decide
Since the males are not typically much larger, they don’t usually require more living space and can be kept in smaller spaces (like apartments) without too many issues. They also have fewer prey drives which mean less exercise is required for them compared with females!
While it’s unfortunate that female Shiba Inus do need more attention than their male counterparts, they typically need less attention than other breeds of dogs.
Male Shiba Inus are also a low-shedding breed which is great for those with allergies! They’re not completely hypoallergenic, but it’s much easier to find someone who can own them without having an allergic reaction.
When you factor in all the information about each gender, we think that males may be best suited for those living in smaller spaces or for people with severe pet hair allergies. Female Shiba Inus make better pets if you have more space and don’t mind grooming every week (or even daily!)
Females make great pets for people who want an affectionate companion with a calmer temperament but are looking for something active at home. They may not present many challenges in terms of grooming (though this can vary depending on the individual), but they will need more playtime and training than males do!
Except for the size difference, most aspects of these dogs’ care should be similar between genders; so, if you’re looking for a pet Shiba Inus, it’s worth considering the gender of your furry friend.
If you know which gender suits your needs better now, then go ahead and get one! You’ll understand exactly what you want once you’ve had some Shiba Inus around at home, though – they’re just so cute that we don’t blame anyone for wanting both!
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