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Fun Facts About Shiba Inus

 1. The Shiba Inu is one of six breeds in the same family of dogs in Japan.

​ 2. Shibas are descendants of the Asian Grey Wolf.

  • The Shibas DNA is the closest related to the wolf out of 85 breeds tested.​

 3. One meaning of Shiba is "Brushwood", and the meaning of Inu is dog.​

  • Some feel the dog was named after the brush or shrub to reflect their hunting heritage.

4. In 1932, Japan named the breed a "National Treasure".

  • Shibas nearly faced extinction after World War II.

5. AKC recognized the Shiba as a member of the Non-Sporting group in June 1993.

6. Red is the genetically dominate (and most common) color of the Shiba Inu.

  • All Shibas should have urajiro -- a pattern of white or cream.

7. The Shiba was bred to hunt boar.​

  • Their powerful jaws and larger teeth illustrate this.

8. Shibas are extremely intelligent and great problem solvers.​

  • Also, they are very observant and have a long memory for both good and bad events.

9.​ The size of the Shiba makes them a perfect household companion.

  • They are very clean, hardy and athletic

10. The average lifespan of a Shiba is about 14 years.​

11. Sharing your life with a Shiba will bring you many years of loyalty and companionship.

  • Be prepared to spend the first year socializing and training your puppy with consistency and diligence.

  • During the first six (6) months, some form of obedience training is suggested. 

I highly recommend Shiba Inus: A complete Pet Owners Manual as a guide to gain insight into the Shiba Inu breed. It contains helpful information about the care and training of your new puppy.

My Thanks to Laura Payton, author of Shiba Inus: A Complete Pet Owners Manual. 

Dogs and Their DNA

The graph on the left illustrates the different breeds and the DNA they share. Notice the Shiba Inu is at the top having retained the most wolf DNA, suggesting they are one of "the oldest domesticated breeds".

Thank you National Geographic for your February 2012 edition of What Dogs Tell Us The ABC's of DNA

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