Shiba Inus are brave, confident small-sized dogs that have a good dose of willpower. They are attached and affectionate towards their owners, but certainly like to push boundaries and need a handler with strong leadership skills. Their willpower and stubbornness make them hard to train and even when trained, they will always keep this bit of independence.
This breed has a strong prey drive that is hard to control and off-lead time needs to be well managed. They are best suited for a household with no other animals. Living with other animals is not advised, as Shiba Inus will likely see them as rivals or prey.
They need plenty of outdoor adventures, and to run off some steam. Inside the house they are more relaxed, and you will mostly find them lounging on their bed and hardly hear any barking.
As puppies, Shiba Inus are the cutest thing you have ever seen - they look like a cross between a baby fox and a bear cub. You will fall in love with their playfulness and endless inquisitiveness, which they will keep most until old age.
Shiba Inus can be quite reserved towards strangers and other dogs even when well socialised as a puppy. They don’t need strangers or other dogs in their lives to be happy.
|Life expectancy:||12-15 years|
|Monthly cost (food):||low|