Shiba Inu has been one of USA “most famous” breeds in recent years. It owes its extraordinary popularity to the internet memes in which there is a charming “Doge” representing this dog breed from Japan.
The history of the Shiba Inu is much longer than the surprisingly popular viral craze that made the breed famous. These dogs are native to Japan, specifically the mountainous regions of Hokkaido Island. Scientists have established that the breed’s roots can be traced back to the 3rd century BC, making it one of the oldest Japanese dog breeds. Their name – Shiba (Inu means dog in Japanese) means “brushwood,” “firewood,” “red vegetation” common in areas where Shiba’s ancestors were used for hunting. There is also a hypothesis that Shiba could mean “small” in a forgotten local dialect.
This breed was used mainly for hunting purposes, primarily for small game, but Shiba also defeated bears. Due to the isolation of this part of Japan from the rest of the world and the fact that there were not many other dogs in the area where the first Ships lived, the breed has survived for centuries in a form very similar to its ancestors. At the end of the 19th century, the English came to the island and brought their hunting dogs – setters or pointers, and they often crossed them with Shiba Inu. As a result, there were fewer and fewer dogs of this breed type, and its existence was seriously threatened. This is why the first breeding farm was established in 1928, and six years later, breed standards were established. Hence, we know that today’s Ships are a bit larger and more massive than their ancestors.
In 1937, the breed received the status of a “monument of nature” in Japan, which made it much more popular. Another breed crisis was the war and bombing of Japan, which few Shiba Inu dogs survived. Fortunately, thanks to the detailed work of the breeders, the breed was saved, and today, next to the Akita Inu, it is the most popular dog breed in Japan. Shiba appeared in the USA in 1992, and its popularity has increased significantly in recent years.
According to the breed division of the International Cynological Federation (FCI), pies Shiba are included in Group V (Primitive dogs and Spitz) of Section 5, that is, “Asian Spitz and related breeds.” According to Kim Brophey’s classification, which seems to be more consistent with reality in many places, Shiba belongs to the first group – primitive dogs.
The nature of the Shiba dog breed
The character of Shiba Inu is primarily influenced by the fact that they are primitive dogs. In the affectionately so-called “protozoa,” dogs whose genotype is closest to the wolf and whose breed has slightly changed about its original characteristics, it is typical that they are independent dogs that often try to solve their problems independently. Problems without asking for help from people-caretakers. This is also the case with the Shiba Inu, who looks like a cute toy but is a dog with an expressive character. This independence and nature are often manifested because they have strongly exposed needs resulting from the “buzzing” hunting chain in them.
Therefore, do not be surprised that yours pies Shiba Inu He is chasing cats or other fleeing animals, that it is difficult to dismiss him from the caught trail while walking in the forest, that he wants to check everything and touch with his nose. Each dog is different, and its behavior in most situations is determined not by breed but by upbringing, individual preferences, or experiences. Usually, Shiba behaves in a distant and distrustful way towards strangers and dogs. Living with Shiba under one roof, you have to remember that it is not a “couch potato.” Still, a dog with primal solid needs – without the correct dose of exercise, exploring, sniffing, and biting- can be frustrated and unhappy and try to meet these needs, for example, by destroying the elements of the apartment’s decor. It is essential to build a relationship with Shiba based on trust and understanding from the first days with the guardian. Without this, resource-defending behaviors can occur, and the dog may feel threatened when approaching his food or toy. And we don’t want that.
Training and upbringing of Shiba dogs
Shiba is a dog that needs to be cared for, and the time and commitment that we devote to his upbringing and training will not be wasted. First of all, to understand Shiba’s intentions and considerable needs, we need to know what and when he communicates to us – and this is one of the basics of good training. We will learn how to teach a dog different slogans and behaviors and how to understand what he wants to communicate to us and how we should communicate with him so that he can understand us correctly. As I mentioned, Shiba’s need a good relationship with their owners, and we also build it through training – that is, spending time together excitingly and satisfyingly. It is undoubtedly a challenge to teach Shiba to appeal to various things that may seem attractive to him. Practicing the slogan “to me” or introducing an emergency appeal – are some of the fundamental and challenging challenges in training Shiba.
Advantages and disadvantages of Shiba dogs
It’s evident that dogs have no disadvantages – every dog or dog knows that. The disadvantages are people who cannot meet the dog’s needs. And it is the significant needs that can be the greatest challenge for Shiba’s carers. They are very demanding dogs. Care is not enough – you need a daily dose of fun, training, and lovely walks. As for the apparent advantages, all you need to do is look at Shiba – these dogs are beautiful, sweet, and fun. However, the beautiful fluffy fur also requires attention – combing the undercoat in the case of Shiba is necessary. A properly cared for dog of this breed will be a great and loyal friend of man – and this is undeniable and the most significant advantage.
Who will the Shiba dog be the best for?
Shiba Inu is a dog for anyone who can meet the above needs. It is good if Shiba’s guardian has a lot of time to devote to the dog. Shiba will undoubtedly be at home with active people who like to move outside. If this is you, then Shiba Inu is a dog you can be pleased with.