The Shiba Inu is an independent and strong-willed breed of dog.   It  is not as domesticated socially as some other breeds, so the Shiba can be somewhat aloof around strangers and aggressive with other dogs if not socialized. correctly.  The Shiba retains a spirited nature and has high regard for itself always. 

Training classes are a must! A Shiba  Inu will respond well to incentive training, learning that if there is something to gain from a task, be it food, toys or praise, they will do it.   Even with the best training they are never to be trusted off-leash outside of the home unless in a fenced area. The instinct to hunt and chase is strongly embedded in this breed as they were used as hunting dogs in Japan.  Even the most mellow of Shibas will give chase at the sight of a running rabbit as to them it is prey and an open door, an invitation to escape.  
The Shiba Inu is a hardy breed and will adapt to its living circumstances. It will be fine in an apartment if it is exercised moderately, but it does best with a yard.  If left unsupervised a bored Shiba will get into trouble.  It is important to supply toys and chews when being left alone.  Crate training is always a good idea for young Shibas. In a yard, a Shiba may learn to dig out or climb fences so supervision is a must. 
The Shiba Inu is a seasonally heavy shedder, and requires brushing two or three times a week during these times but in-between shedding is very easy to care for. Bathing is only needed when absolutely necessary as the coat repels dirt and has very little, if any offensive odor.  These pictures show the amount of hair a Shiba can shed after a long cold winter.
Although not the breed for everyone a Shiba Inu is a fun and entertaining companion for those owners with a good sense of humor to laugh at the antics of this beautiful dog.  There are top honored Shibas performing in obedience, rally and agility and many are outstanding as therapy dogs in many different situations including being ‘reader’ dogs for children.  Purchased from an ethical breeder who raises the pups properly from birth in a home situation a Shiba pup will be meticulously clean and will potty train easily and in some cases will housebreaks itself. With love, training and understanding of the breeds natural character,  the  prospects for achievement are endless for this unique breed.
About the Breed
The Shiba Inu is usually very good with children but does not tolerate mistreatment. Being quite smart they  learn quickly to  get their own way if allowed.   Shiba owners need to be the leader of their pack! Kids very seldom have this ability and the parents need to be careful and supervise play times.  Kids taught from early on how to handle the puppy can have a long lasting relationship with the family Shiba Inu.
The endurance of the Shiba Inu is exceptional, so it will do well on long walks and its all-weather coat protects it from cold weather.  During hot weather it loves to lay in front of a fan for comfort.
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