What Are Shiba Inus Like? Here Are Their 9 Distinct Qualities

Just like how a person differs from another, the same distinction also applies to dogs. Every dog is unique, and every breed has a distinct personality, behavior, and attitude.

Some dog breeds are super friendly like the Beagle, Poodle, and Labrador Retriever. Some are athletic like the Greyhound, Siberian Husky, and Boxer. Some kinds are known for their aggressiveness and fierceness, such as the Chihuahua, Dachshund, Chow Chow, and Doberman Pinschers.

Because of these differences, a specific dog breed might not be suitable for everyone. It depends on the suitability of a person with his/her pet and vice versa in terms of lifestyle and personality.

Therefore, before you adopt or decide to own a dog, you should know first which breed do you prefer and what your chosen breed is like. You and your pet’s compatibility will either result in stress or happiness.

A Brief Background on the Shiba Inu Breed

Have you heard of the Shiba Inu? If yes, that’s good. If no, that’s perfectly fine. The Shiba Inu is a fine-looking dog that is one of the original spitz breeds that originated from the land of the rising sun – Japan.

Its face, ears, and legs resemble that of a fox, but its entire body is proportionate and on the small to medium size. The average height of female Shiba Inus is 13 to 16 inches, and that of the male Shiba Inus is 14 to 17 inches.

Meanwhile, the average weight of female Shiba Inus is 8 kilograms, while that of male Shiba Inus is 10.5 kilograms. I am happy that my five-year-old male cream Shiba Inu, which I named Hara, is within the healthy and normal average when it comes to height and weight.

The cream is not the only color of the Shiba Inu’s fur coat. Other colors include red, red sesame, sesame, black sesame, and black and tan. The most popular color is the red coat, while the most admired color is the cream coat.

Coming from Japan, the Shiba Inu is among the six original spitz breeds, including Akita Inu, Kai Ken, Kishu Ken, Hokkaido Ken, and Shikoku Ken. Among them, the Shiba Inu is the smallest breed.

Back in the late 18th century, Shiba Inus were bred mainly in the Chubu region of Japan, where mountains and rough terrains can be found. They were initially trained to become hunting dogs who assist their owners in hunting for small game.

Their ancestral lifestyle largely influenced the attitude, behavior, and temperament of the Shiba Inus today, even if today, they are not trained like hunting dogs, but are considered as companion dogs.

In the 1950s, the first Shiba Inu was brought and introduced to the United States. The American Kennel Club later recognized the breed in the 1990s. Today, it is among the popular companion dogs in the US, and it remains to be the top companion dog in Japan.

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The Nine Distinct Qualities of Shiba Inus

These qualities will aim to describe in detail the answers to the question: What are Shiba Inus like?

  • Intelligent
    Shiba Inus are brilliant. They can quickly learn their names, and through consistent and persistent training, they can learn their routines and tricks. Sometimes, their intelligence can border to being manipulative and intelligent, but proper training can resolve this as well.
  • Confident
    Shiba Inus have a larger than life personality. Even if they are small to medium-sized, they are very confident in their way, and they act as if they are large dogs. They walk with confidence, and they run with ease, working like they are the best dogs in the world.
  • Brave
    Shiba Inus are rarely afraid or unsure of what to do or how to act. They are always at the front, running towards whatever tickled their curiosity and attention. The Japanese recognize their boldness, and many Shiba Inu owners are also experiencing this trait.
  • Fierce
    Because of their in-born hunter instincts, Shiba Inus can be aggressive, mainly if triggered by dogs of the same sex or if provoked by other kinds of animals. Also, they tend to be fierce and suspicious of strangers and strange things. With proper socialization training, they can learn to be at ease in relating to new people and animals.
  • Clean
    They are just like cats when it comes to cleanliness. They keep themselves neat and tidy, and they don’t like eating greasy food or drinking contaminated water. They would veer away from puddles, and they would always keep themselves dry.
  • Independent
    Shiba Inus can tolerate and even enjoy being alone half the time. They are not the type of dogs who are clingy, attention-seeking, and dependent on their human companions. They can decide on their own, act on their instincts, and just enjoy doing their own thing.
  • Active
    Shiba Inus are energetic, alert, and active. They are fast runners, and if you go out with them, make sure that you bring a leash, especially if your dog is not yet trained well. They like being the “leader” of their group of playmates,s and they are filled with life and energy.
  • Not Hypoallergenic
    The downside is that Shiba Inus are not hypoallergenic. Therefore, they are not suitable for people with allergies. Shiba Inus shed daily and seasonally, and these could trigger allergic reactions for those with allergies. For Shiba Inu owners like myself, I would advise for regular vacuuming and brushing of your dog’s fur to manage well their shedding processes.
  • Healthy
    This breed is generally stable and healthy. They are rarely sick, exceptionally if they are well cared for. Moreover, they have a long life, with an average lifespan ranging from 12 to 15 years.

Shiba Inus are great companion dogs that are smart, strong, bold, and independent. These qualities are the main reasons why Shiba Inu owners like myself are proud of our dog’s best friends.

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