The Royal, Elegant and Appealing Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu must be one of the most beautiful and appealing dogs you have ever seen. Even if you just saw a picture in a book you have probably fallen in love with the looks. But there is more to this dog than just the looks. If you want to find out more, you’ve come to the right place.

The Shiba Inu is a well-proportionate dog, up to ~16 inches tall with a well-rounded body, elegant and light in appearance. He doesn’t lack in muscles and has a compact frame with strong bones to sustain high levels of agility. It has a hunting ancestry which already says a lot.

He should be deft, agile and with the ability to perform rapid turns. This fast dog will impress you while you’re out in the park whether or not you thought dogs can look good before. For the Shiba Inu any coat color is acceptable, and their double coat is similar to that of a Husky.

How is the Shiba Inu like?

The Shiba is usually described as bold, clever, calm and gentle, but quick and agile as well. His refined demeanor draws attention to him and he has a personality that shines in the spotlight.

It should be said that he is a top spot, a hot shot. He wants attention and he wants you to be generous. He has a fiery temperament and can easily go out of control.

Most Shiba Inu owners like the dog so much that they learn to deal with any difficult aspects of his behavior. Some key points are early socialization, temperamental testing and conditioning through training. All of which are mandatory if you want to have any control over this dog.

Shiba Inus are sturdy dogs and have good health in general

They don’t need any sort of special diet, they can run for miles and usually love to, they are resistant to injury and don’t suffer from many structural imbalances.

Of course, there are some hereditary problems you may encounter. Patellar luxation sometimes appears in Shiba Inus. If you’re worried about it just take him to an experienced vet. They can detect it through simple palpation.

They might have hip dysplasia but it will probably not be severe. There is no particularly alarming problem for this breed, which takes them one step closer to the “perfect dog” title.

If you’re trying to find a Shiba Inu for yourself you must buy from a respectable breeder. You can find some in the newspapers but if you want the best you should check with the national club in your area.

Getting a Shiba Inu is a lengthy process and you will need to do your research and be prepared to say no if you find something you don’t like. Consider the fact that you will live with him for at least a decade. Don’t pick your family based on feeling sorry for the dog.

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