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About shiba inu dog and puppies training, grooming and characteristics

Believed to be one of the oldest dog breeds in its native Japan, the Shiba Inu dog is a rather small, but very agile and powerful animal.



These animals closely resemble another authentic Japanese breed of canine known as the Akita. However, unlike the Akita, the Shiba Inu is not associated with any particular area of Japan.



These animals were originally bred for hunting and were also considered to have certain special characteristics that were also associated with the concept of spirits. The Shiba Inu dog is very loyal as well as brave and they will usually carry themselves with a significant amount of dignity.



The animal's body is well adapted to mountainous terrain, such as those prevalent in Japan, where they were originally used to hunt small game and ground breeding birds. The fact that these dogs take a keen interest in grooming themselves has prompted a number of dog lovers to compare them to cats – who also share the same tendencies. Just like the feline counterparts, the a Shiba Inu dog will regularly use its front paws to clean its face as well as play with toys and other objects. Around the 1920's the breed was on the brink of extinction, but they were carefully bred using the three surviving bloodlines of the Samin Shiba, the Mino Shiba and the Shinshu Shiba. With the advent of World War II, the breed had again suffered a large population toll and only the Shinshu Shibas had a population large enough to help with the big scale breeding required to prevent the Shiba Inu dogs extinction.

With regards to other dog breeds, the Shiba Inu most closely resembles the Spitz in certain aesthetic features as well as their aloof attitude to strangers. While the dogs can be of any color, the most commonly accepted colors are either red, or red with a black overlay. The dogs will almost always have cream or white colored markings in certain areas of their bodies including the throat, underside and chest. Shiba Inu training may be a little more difficult as compared to most other breeds. This breed of canine, just like most cats, may prove to be too intelligent to effectively train and could display the tendency to be strong willed and self minded. The only effective way to impart shiba inu training would be to make sure that the trainer is of a stronger mind than the dog - or else the dog could become very disobedient and jealous.

 
  Submitted on October 27, 2009