For the love of Doge
With its foxy good looks, plush coat and fluffy tail — We take a closer look at the dog’s “many intelligence” and why it is “such wow”
From the Land of the Rising Sun, the Shiba Inu is one of the six Spitz breeds that are native to Japan. A popular pet, Shiba Inus are also recognised as one of Japan’s national treasures. The word “Shiba” is Japanese for brushwood, and the word “Inu” translates to dog. Associated with the colour of its fur, Shiba Inu’s name is traced to the tree’s leaves that turn red during fall.
The Shiba Inu is easily recognisable from its foxy appearance. It spots a sharp snout, small prick ears, squinty beady eyes, and a bushy tail that curls upwards. The Shiba Inu is blessed with a thick coat that gives it the fluffy plush toy appearance, a contributing factor to its popularity. It comes in a variety of coat colours including red, black sesame, and black tan.
The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six Spitz breeds. For what it lacks in size, the dog makes up for with its intelligence. Do not be fooled by their innocent and adorable looks – Shiba Inus are known for its agility and were originally bred to hunt. Today, Shiba Inus are kept as canine companions.
Shiba Inus are often referred to as being “cat-like”. They may be highly intelligent, but they are born with a strong-willed nature. When compared to most of their counterparts, Shiba Inus are not as submissive — so first time or inexperienced dog owners may wish to avoid this dog breed. Despite its spirited personality, the Shiba Inu is not by any means, less loyal. Much like a samurai, the Shiba Inu remains loyal to its family, though training it requires a considerable amount of time and effort. While its aggressive behaviour can be attributed to its territorial trait, the Shiba Inu is also cautious when around strangers. Prone to chasing small animals it considers as prey, you may want to separate the Shiba Inu from smaller pets.
Shiba Inus generally grow up to about thirty-four to forty-three centimetres in height and weighs approximately ten kilograms for males and eight kilograms for females. The Shiba Inu is very energetic and playful in nature, so frequent walks and jogs are great physical activities. Though it may be a small breed, it is advisable to provide yours with a large space to roam about and play in. Despite its thick coat, the Shiba
Inu is moderately low maintenance. An occasional grooming session is ample for your pet. However, do take note that Shiba Inus shed their fur twice a year.
The Shiba Inu serves as a great companion under the guidance of an experienced owner, much like how a samurai served as an exceptional warrior under a great shogun. Though the Shiba Inu may not be suitable for everyone, it will definitely be a treasure to those that choose to keep it.
“The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six Spitz breeds. For what it lacks in size, the dog makes up for with its intelligence.”