Height: Males 14 1/2 inches- 16 1/2 inches & Females 13 1/2 inches to 15 1/2 inches
Weight: Males 23 lbs & females 17 lbs
Coat: The Shiba Inu has a thick double coat. Outercoat should remain stiff and straight. The undercoat should be soft and thick. This breed has bushy hair on its tail and its hind legs
Color: Shiba Inu may be red, black and tan, or sesame (red with black-tipped hairs), with a cream, buff, or grey undercoat.
Appearance: The appearance of the beautifu l Shiba Inu is mostly determined by its muscular and compact body. Its regular measurements are 14 to 16 inches of height and 18 to 25 pounds of weight. It has a square shaped body with rather short but strong legs. Its neck is wide and powerful as so is its muzzle. The head is broad and the ears appear to be really small in proportion. They are V shaped and naturally erected. The eyes are round, large and dark with an interesting expression. Finally, the Shiba Inu coat is really gorgeous: it is short and tight to the body, soft to the touch and available in different colors. It covers the entire body of the animal.
Temperament: A spirited boldness, a good nature, and an unaffected forthrightness, which together yield dignity and natural beauty. The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. At times aggressive toward other dogs, the Shiba is always under the control of his handler. While the Shiba has an independent nature, this breed enjoys being a member of a pack and should not be left alone for long hours.
An independent, strong minded, and hardworking dog, the Shiba Inu is a creature with plenty of spirit and courage. These are not clingy dogs and are not overly demanding, but can be willful and stubborn, making them best suited to those with experience of dog ownership. The Shiba Inu is adept and digging and climbing, and is a confirmed pursuer of just about anything that crosses his path – it is essential that they are in a safe and secured area whenever they are not on a leash. Very fast and agile, the Shiba Inu is an intelligent dog and thrives on interaction and mental stimulation. The Shiba Inu needs consistent training using positive reinforcement or they can be difficult to control. Early socialization is recommended with the Shiba Inu to promote a more stable temperament.
The Shiba is a fastidious breed and feels the need to maintain themselves in a clean state. They can often be seen licking their paws and legs much like a cat. They generally go out of their way to keep their coats clean, and while walking will avoid stepping in puddles, mud, and dirt.
Health: The life expectancy for Shiba Inu is about 12-15 years. Health conditions known to affect this breed are glaucoma, cataracts, hip dysplasia, and luxating patella. Shibas are also prone to food allergies. Epilepsy is also becoming common in several bloodlines in Australia and the USA. Overall; however, they are of great genetic soundness and few Shibas are diagnosed with genetic defects in comparison to other dog breeds
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