Shiba Inu, a medium size dog from Japan
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The Shiba Inu Dog Meaning, the Little Dog
The Shiba Inu is considered the oldest of Japan’s native breeds. He is a diminutive member of the Spitz family. In December of 1936, the Japanese government designated the Shiba Inu to be a precious natural product of Japan, and shortly following that the Shiba Inu was given official recognition, in Japan. During World War II, the Shiba nearly became extinct. This energetic and lively dog has been used for hunting small game by sight and scent in the mountainous areas of Japan.
Shibas, smallest of the Japanese native breeds, are compact, very well muscled, alert, agile and possess keen senses. The Shiba Inu should always exhibit a harmonious balance of form, color, movement, and temperament above all. They can be aggressive towards other dogs, and rather reserved towards strangers, but with their family, Shibas are friendly, affectionate and outgoing. They make excellent watchdogs and amiable companions. Consider a Shiba Inu puppy for a family dog with character and pluck.
Dog: 14½ – 16½ in. (37 – 42 cm) at withers
Bitch: 13½ – 15½ in. (34 – 39 cm) at withers
Weight: 20 – 30 lb. (9.1 – 13.6 kg)
Life Expectancy: 12 – 15 years