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Useful Information・・・about Shiba Inu.

Part of the Japanese culture

Since about 20 to 30 years ago, the awareness of Japanese culture has increased across the world. One of them is Japanese dogs. Japanese dogs, including Shiba Inu, are animals designated as our national treasure. This might be one of the reasons why they are recognized as a culture. Shiba Inu is the most popular breed among Japanese dogs, and there are many of them around. This is probably how it became a popular representative.

A primitive figure resembling a wolf

The Shiba Inu came with the Japanese ancestors. It is a dog that has been raised in nature for at least 10,000 years. It is not artificially bred like some Western dogs, but retains a primitive figure, resembling a wolf the most. In the eyes of foreigners, it seems to look very new.

Easy to keep

Its character, nurtured by living together with the Japanese, is very similar to a Japanese. Living with a polite and moderate character is likely to be an easy feat. It observes its family very well too, so it can even read the situation and act appropriately—making people all over the world say it is easy to keep.

 Intellectual gaze

The black eyes of the Shiba Inu are surprisingly filled with intellectual and expressive. One of its characteristics lies in the contrast when it laughs or gets angry. As the saying goes that eyes are the window of the heart, its eyes convey its honest feelings at that time. Since it was a hunting dog, sometimes its eyes will look sharp, as if staring at its prey. It doesn’t have big eyes, but it has a powerful gaze.

 Clean and hardly smells

It loves cleanliness, so it doesn't like to excrete at home. It doesn't get dirty easily and hardly has any body odor, so you will feel that it’s very clean. It used to be mainly kept outdoors, but in recent years, there are more and more owners in Japan and overseas who like to keep them indoors as well.

Moderate sense of distance with humans

Western dogs like hugs, but Shiba Inu has a simple character that does not like to cling to others more than necessary. If your family wants it to leave them alone, it will keep a distance and watch over them. You probably can say it has the most suitable character as a long-time partner. In some cases, people who lived with dog breeds that love to stay close to humans, such as Labrador Retriever, would wish for a dog that gives them wide personal space and ask for a Shiba


Deep and flavorful hair color

The dog hair of Shiba Inu is red, black, or sesame-colored. While few, there are white ones too. None of these is the same color as the stifling primary colors. Every strand of hair has its shade, creating deep hair colors like a blurred or ink painting. Red hair Shiba Inu is popular both in Japan and overseas, accounting for about 80% of its population. Those who like "black tongue" like black hair Shiba Inu, and some people like sesame-colored Shiba Inu too, which is expensive due to its scarcity.


■ High exercise capacity

Hunting in Japan is carried out in a “one dog per rifle” style—a hunter accompanied by a dog. Hunting in Europe and the USA is divided into roles such as searching, tracking, chasing, and collecting, depending on the dog; bringing multiple dogs along is the mainstream style. Shiba Inu, which can do all of these, can be said to have a high exercise capacity.

Simple is the best

The fact that there is nothing superfluous in its form is another one of its great appeals. It can be said the ultimate beauty achieved after scraping off everything. It was said that the first American to see a Shiba Inu admired it and said, "There is no dog as beautiful as this." The polished beauty of Shiba Inu is probably universal.

The representative of a loyal dog

You can feel its solemnity from its figure and gesture. In addition, it also holds a desire to protect its family with great care and is highly reliable against the enemies, brought about by the temperament fostered through the long communal life with the Japanese.

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