When you are considering getting a new dog it is important to think not just what you are looking for in a dog, but what the dog needs and whether you can meet those needs.
When you are looking at a specific breed thinking about their specific characteristics will give you a good idea of whether or not that breed will be a good fit for you and your family.
What is a Shiba Inu?
The Shiba Inu is an ancient breed from Japan. Originally they were breed to be hunting dogs suited to Japans mountainous terrain. In modern times, the Shiba Inu is largely a companion dog, more likely to be found indoors then out hunting.
What Are The Unique Traits of The Shiba Inu?
The Shiba Inu is know for its strong personality and its loyalty. Shiba Inus have a mind all their own. They are independent and strong-willed. Because of this they can be challenging dogs.
They learn well and quickly, but consistency is needed to convince them that you’re serious. They believe that they can take on anything in the world and act accordingly. This can make them bossy and dominant towards both people and other animals that might be in the home.
Once a Shiba Inu has bonded with a person or family, they will love and protect them with every inch of their adorable little bodies.
What Does The Shiba Inu Need?
Unlike some other breeds, the Shiba Inu requires an owner who can be the alpha. Because of their spunk and natural tendency to be in charge, they need someone who will let them know who’s boss, and that it isn’t them.
They require consistency at all times and respond well to positive training techniques. Tending to be aloof, the Shiba Inu needs to be socialized early and extensively so that they do not become suspicious and defensive.
Because they are independent and bossy, they are often not a good fit for homes that have small children or animals, or another bossy dog.
They can adapt to either an apartment or a house with a fenced yard. The most important thing with a Shiba Inu is that they are provided with enough exercise for their bodies and their very cleaver minds.
Is a Shiba Inu The Right Dog For You?
Shiba Inus are bright, spunky and loyal. Their small size makes them ideal for apartments or smaller houses. If you have the time and dedication to consistently train them and teach them that you’re in charge, they can make a wonderful companion for a single person or a family.
If you want a dog that will give you an excuse to go out on walks and to the dog park to meet new friends, the Shiba Inu’s need for socialization will be a good match.
If you want a dog that will be a fiercely loyal dog for the rest of their lives, then the Shiba Inu may be a great fit for you!
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