7 Fun Facts About The Striking Shiba Inu

April 20, 2018

It’s a fact that we’re dog lovers and we certainly have raved about many other dogs, but allow us to rave even more about the striking Shiba Inu.

These dogs are undeniably unforgettable. It’s hard not to smile and coo when you see one, because their fox like features and fine puffy coats are truly appealing. Shiba Inu puppies are just beyond adorable and their alert inquisitive faces are like none other. Shiba Inu puppies are highly intelligent, bold, and incredibly loyal. You may not encounter a braver more prized dog. Now, with that said, these beauties are stubborn, independent, and hard to train. You’ll need to put in a lot of time and persistence when training them, but it’s definitely possible! We have more interesting facts and tidbits about Shiba Inu puppies. Read on to learn more!


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  1. The name Shiba Inu translated from Japanese means “Brushwood Dog.” “Brushwood”  references a tree that turns red in the autumn. The assumption is that it’s related to the fiery red color of the beautiful Shiba. This is why the Shiba Inu is sometimes referred to as the “Little Brushwood Dog.”


  1. These cute little devils have a mischievous side to them! They are overly confident, stubborn, independent, and free thinkers. What does this all mean? As we mentioned earlier, they are hard to train, especially for new and inexperienced owners. They tend to be very strong willed and sometimes grumpy. They can also be quite possessive of his own things, like food and toys. They’re prone to aggression with other dogs and food with humans. Early socialization is a must with these little rascals.


  1. Shiba Inu puppies are the number one companion dog Japan. Their long lifespan and high energy make them a lovable and perfect addition to the family.


  1. They were nearly extinct. During World War II, Japan’s focus wasn’t on dog breeding, and as a result, the Shiba breed suffered greatly. Nearing extinction, Shiba Inu puppies were brought back with the last three remaining bloodlines, which were the San In Shiba, the Mino Shiba, and the Shiba Shu Shiba.


  1. One of the most unique characteristics about Shiba Inu puppies is the infamous “Shiba scream.” They have this odd and high pitched scream that’s incredibly loud. It’s usually produced when they’re mistreated, unhappy, provoked or just plain old happy! It can be a bit off-putting, scary, and funny at times, depending on the situation.


  1. The Shiba Inu is considered one of the ancient dog breeds. They are part of a group of dogs that includes the oldest and most primitive dog breeds in the world, such as the Siberian Husky, Samoyed, Chow Chow, Saluki, Akita Inu, Alaskan Malamute, Pekingese, etc.


  1. Shiba Inu puppies absolutely must be monitored at all times when they’re outside. Forget Brushwood Dog – their nicknames should be Whodini. These little escape artists will run and explore the moment the opportunity presents itself! They should always be kept on a leash, because they’ll chase anything moving…and they’re pretty darn good at it. They can outrun and dodge any human, because Shibas are truly runners and they enjoy the chase!