Bold, independent and headstrong, the Shiba is brimming with self-confidence.
It is lively outdoors, yet calm indoors, as long as it gets daily exercise. It may be aggressive with strange dogs of the
same sex and may chase small animals. It is a hardy breed, ready for adventure. Some tend to be headstrong and domineering.
It is territorial, alert and reserved with strangers — ingredients making for an excellent watchdog. It is quite vocal;
some bark a lot.
The Shiba needs a daily workout, either in the form of a vigorous game in the yard, a long walk or a good
run in a safe area. It can live outdoors in temperate or cool climates, given warm shelter, but it does best when allowed
to divide its time between inside and out. Its double coat needs brushing one or two times weekly, more when shedding, which
it does twice a year.
Form and Function
The Shiba Inu is moderately compact, being slightly longer than it is tall. It has typical traits of dogs
from Northern heritage: small erect ears, thick fur, powerful body and curled tail. Its expression is bold, spirited and good-natured.
The gait is light, quick and agile, with an effortless, smooth stride. The double coat consists of a strong straight outer
coat with a soft undercoat, imparting great insulation. These traits enabled the Shiba to hunt small game through dense cover.
No major health concerns.
Adapted from: http://animal.discovery.com
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