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Shiba Inu Dog Temperament and Lifespan

Speaking about the temperament of the Shiba Inu in a few words, it is necessary to say that he is an alert, good-natured, and bold dog. He is confident and strong-willed, affectionate and loyal with his family. This dog always has his own ideas about everything around him and is often suspicious of strangers. In most cases, the Shiba Inu doesn-t get along with other dogs - he guards his food, territory and toys in an aggressive way. He is fond of chasing smaller animals.

Despite the fact that Shiba Inu is a smart breed, he can be difficult to train. This dog is somewhat stubborn, that is why you should not expect him to run to you as soon as you called him. Such temperament is based on a few factors, including socialization, training, and heredity. If socialized at an early age, Shiba Inu will be playful and curious, willing to contact people. The lifespan of this breed is usually 12 to 16 years.

How Much Does a Shiba Inu Dog Cost and Price Range

Buying the Shiba Inu from a reputable breeder can be quite expensive - about $1000-2000. Nowadays, this dog breed has become very popular, so its cost may go up. It is a good idea to get a puppy who is no younger than 4 weeks old. When choosing your future pet, do not be afraid to ask questions from the breeder. Avoid choosing the puppy who is beating up his littermates or hiding in the corner. If it is possible, meet one of the puppy's parents to check whether they have nice temperaments.

Shiba Inu Dog Colors, Shedding, Full Size and Average Weight

The Shiba Inu is characterized with a thick double coat - the outer coat is straight and stiff, while the undercoat is thick and soft. This dog sheds not very heavily throughout the year, however it sheds really abundantly in spring and autumn. The coat of Shibas is usually orange-red, sesame (black-tipped hairs on a red background) or urajiro (cream to white). Sometimes, you can see white markings on the forelegs, hind legs and the tip of the tail. These dogs are not big - males stand 14.5 to 16.5 inches tall. Their weight is about 23 pounds. Shiba females stand 13.5 to 15.5 inches tall. Their weight is about 17 pounds.

Shiba Inu Dog Breed Characteristics, Information and Facts

The Shiba Inu name means "brushwood dog" from Japanese due to their tendency to run through thick grass or brush while hunting. By the way, Shiba Inus have Japanese roots. They were bred to go after birds, boars, and bears that is why they can stand cold temperatures. During World War II, these doggies nearly went extinct, but were brought back again. Shibas reached the United States in 1954. These dogs are very sensitive and can cry with tears being upset. They hate to take baths and have their nails cut.