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”

Clubpets - - THE KENNEL -

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.”

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