Are you interested in bringing a Shiba Inu into your life? Who could resist the teddy bear like puppies that grow up into dignified adults? But before you pull the trigger, here are a few very important things to consider.
1. They may look small but they shed a LOT. It is advertised that Shiba blow their coat (replace all their fur) twice a year but in reality they shed constantly â€“ it is just that when it comes time for the bi-annual coat blowing it is like Armageddon! From that perspective, I suppose the everyday shedding is nothing in comparison. If you have black furniture, enjoy wearing black clothing, hate vacuuming, you may want to reconsider.
[Case: Sheepa Inu?]
2. As loyal as Shiba Inu are, they should be kept on a leash when out in the opening at all times. The problem is not that they may not come back, it is rather that they have very strong prey drive and if they take off after a small animal, it would be difficult to stop them. This may not be as big an issue in the country but when you are living in the cities with traffic it is putting your dog and other people at risk. As a result, Shibas typically need to be leashed whenever they are out in the open. This may not sound like a big deal initially but if you are very active outdoor and plan to bring your dog with you, maneuvering with a leash gets old fast.
[Case: Run Away Mac]
3. These Shibas, they have a mind of their own. If you want a dog that obeys your every command with the sole purpose in life of pleasing you â€“ forget it. Sure they pick up tricks but it will require patience â€“ not due to lack of intelligent but more in bribing them into thinking they want to learn the trick. If obedience and willingness to please is important to you, there are many other breeds out there better suited for your purpose.
[Case: Dog Trainer I am Not...]
If these three points are something you can live with for 13+ years, congratulations, you are about to make one of the best decisions in your life!
PS â€“ Many people have asked for breeder recommendation. If you are on the East Coast, please visit Mac's breeder Rodel Shibas (PA). They have a stellar reputation in the Shiba Inu scene and is extremely caring and knowledgeable when it comes to their babies!