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How To Choose Shiba Inu Puppies?

The Shiba Inu is native to Japan and was first bred as a hunting dog to hunt wild boars and other wild animals in the mountains. Although Shiba Inu is petite, it is brave and even dares to fight bears. This kind of dog is naturally loyal and close to the owner, but just like other dog breeds, it also has its personality characteristics. If you plan to raise Shiba Inu puppies, you’d better check carefully to determine whether Shiba Inu is suitable for you. This article mainly introduces some precautions for choosing Shiba Inu and the characteristics of Shiba Inu, hoping to be beneficial to novice owners.


Precaution before raising Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu has the nature of a hunting dog

Shiba Inu was first bred as a hunting dog to catch small animals and sometimes attack larger and more dangerous animals. Nowadays, Shiba Inu is mostly raised as a loyal pet dog and no longer plays the role of hunting dog. Even so, the petite Shiba Inu still has the aggressiveness of a hunting dog and a strong and brave personality. When encountering something you like, Shiba Inu will get rid of the restraint, break free from the leash, and catch up desperately. This kind of dog has strong sensitivity and strength and requires professional training.

Training Shiba Inu is not easy

Shiba Inu has a high IQ and is very assertive, so it is not very disciplined. Many owners feel that Shiba could think about the owner in order to escape restraint or training. All in all, Shiba Inu is not an easy breed to train. For owners with dog-raising experience and chasing challenges, raising Shiba Inu can give people a sense of accomplishment. It is also very interesting to watch these little guys use their brains.

Breeding Shiba Inu requires enough patience and ample time. Shiba Inu is full of energy, and will vent everywhere when bored, and is extremely destructive. You have to train Shiba Inu not to bite anything at will or escape from the dog pen.

Like people, Shiba Inu has individual differences. Some Shiba Inu are docile and can quickly establish a good relationship with their owners.


Shiba Inu is an independent dog

Their character is more like a cat than a dog. They like to be alone and have their own thoughts. They don’t like to please humans, and they don’t want the attention of owners like other dog breeds, so training is very challenging.

The independent personality of Shiba Inu is loved by the owners. They don’t like to welcome human beings. They have a strong aura and are indifferent.


Shiba Inu is aggressive

As mentioned above, Shiba Inu likes to be alone. Once disturbed, Shiba Inu may become aggressive and even bite. Therefore, it is best not to keep Shiba Inu in families with children. Shiba Inu and other pets don’t get along well, and they will chase dogs who are weaker than themselves. Shiba Inu is very protective of objects and food, so it needs the instruction and supervision of the owner. When there are children and other pets in the house, you’d better pay more attention to whether the Shiba Inu is aggressive.

Determine the sex of Shiba Inu

It sounds funny, but the male Shiba Inu is indeed more gentle and close to people than the female Shiba Inu. Female dogs are lazier and don’t like to talk to people. According to your needs for the Shiba Inu character, you ought to choose the corresponding gender.

Pay attention to the maintenance of Shiba Inu fur

Although Shiba Inu does not shed hair throughout the year, it will continue to shed hair for several months in spring and autumn. During this time, the dog’s fur is flying, and the owner needs to be prepared. Shiba Inu has two coats of hair. Brushing the hair every week can ensure the natural secretion of oil and make the upper coat shine like silk. 

Understand Shiba Inu’s lifespan and health status

Shiba Inu usually live for 12 to 15 years. The most common disease of Shiba Inu is a chronic allergy. The disease can cause severe itching, and there is currently no cure. Although chronic allergies can be controlled, the cost is quite high. In addition, Shiba Inu is also prone to thyroid function decline and cataracts. Like large dogs, Shiba Inu may also suffer from hip dysplasia, but the probability is less than that of large dogs. Shiba Inu is more likely to have epilepsy than other dog breeds. If you are determined to raise Shiba Inu, please make sure whether your financial condition can afford the treatment cost.


Choose healthy puppies

Buy puppies from reputable owners

Good owners will allow sellers to check puppies and adult dogs at any time. They are happy to show their customers their breeding facilities and are proud of it. Good owners will also allow customers to return their puppies, and owners who do not allow return are irresponsible for their puppies. In addition, responsible owners will not raise a large number of puppies in a year.

It’s a good idea to make sure the bitch is vaccinated and the puppies are dewormed when they are four weeks old.

On the website of the Kennel Association, look for nearby owners who are qualified for breeding.


Learn to identify incompetent Shiba Inu owners

Generally speaking, if the owner sells Shiba Inu who is less than eight weeks old, it can be considered as unqualified. Puppies of this age cannot be weaned yet, and responsible owners will not sell them. In addition, a dirty or crowded feeding environment can also prove that the owner is not competent enough.

Don’t deal with owners who can’t provide a puppy health certificate.

If the owner does not let you see the bitch, you can give up the plan to buy a dog from him. No matter how clever the other party is, don’t be moved by it, because this is the usual excuse of dog dealers. Buying dogs from them will only encourage this unhealthy trend.

Assess the health of each Shiba Inu puppy

Even if the other party is a reputable owner, you must carefully check the puppy’s health and watch out for sick or unhealthy puppies. Please note the following:

Activeness: The puppy should be quick and energetic, not sickly

No discharge from eyes and nose: healthy puppies will have no discharge around the eyes and nose

Breathing: Healthy puppies breathe smoothly and quietly, and will not cough or sneeze frequently

Cleanliness: The genital area of ​​the puppy should be very clean, with no feces or pus, and no odor

Weight: There should be thicker fat in the puppies’ chest

Fur: ​​The fur should be smooth and clean, free of dander and dullness. The appearance of bald spots requires special attention

Hearing: Clap your hands behind the puppy to see if the puppy will turn around and respond

Vision: Roll the ball slowly within the puppy’s field of view to see if the puppy can notice the ball

Limbs: You’d better observe the running posture of the puppy to see if there is any stiffness or lameness


Observe the appearance of the puppy’s parents

If you want to have a Shiba Inu for display, you need to choose a puppy that meets the criteria. Although the puppies’ future looks are unpredictable, just look at the appearance of the puppies’ parents to estimate the puppies’ appearance in adulthood. The assessment standards customized by the American Kennel Association for Shiba Inu are as follows:

Body size: The male is about 37 to 42 cm in length and weighs about 10.4 kg; the female is about 34 to 39 cm in length and weighs about 7.7 kg.

Head: Shiba Inu’s iris is dark brown with black halos around it, and its eyes are firm. The forehead is broad and flat, slightly wrinkled, and the bridge of the nose is straight. The teeth are neat, without buck teeth.

Body shape: The back of the Shiba Inu is kept flush from shoulder to tail, the muscles are evenly distributed, and the chest depth is approximately equal to or slightly less than the height. When the tail curls up, it will form one coil instead of two.

Fur: ​​Shiba Inu’s fur is only dark black, sesame black, and red. The outer hair is hard and straight, and the inner hair is soft and thick.

Anti-jaw or buck teeth, male dogs longer than 42 cm or less than 37 cm, female dogs longer than 39 cm, and less than 34 cm will be considered disqualified and unable to participate.

Assess the character of the Shiba Inu puppy

A comprehensive evaluation of Shiba Inu puppies

When choosing Shiba Inu puppies, make a comprehensive assessment of it and observe how it gets along with other puppies. Shiba Inu is not afraid of people and is full of curiosity. Pay attention to observe whether the puppies like to play with other puppies, you’d better not choose shy or unruly puppies. Puppies who are neither rough nor timid are best.

Those puppies who like to bully their partners and are more aggressive are likely to grow into grumpy Shiba Inu dogs.

Pick cubs who are curious about humans

Pay attention to the length of time the Shiba Inu puppies are with you and pay attention to whether the puppies will actively approach you. Doing so can help you determine whether Shiba Inu puppies are friendly and like human company.

Pick cubs with good social skills

For Shiba Inu from 3 to 18 weeks old, social interaction is crucial and can help them experience various experiences. During this period, the puppies learn to accept things around them, gradually become confident, and their adaptability increases. Social interaction is especially important for Shiba Inu cubs because Shiba Inu is independent and likes to express his will. Shiba Inu puppies that have not been carefully selected may have an anxious and timid personality, venting their negative energy on destructive things.

Test whether Shiba Inu puppy is in discipline

The personality trend of Shiba Inu puppies in adulthood is indeed unpredictable, but some clues can be seen from its childhood personality. Give the puppy a toy and see if you can easily retrieve the toy from it. You can try to exchange the toy with food. This test can help you see if Shiba Inu puppies are obeying discipline.


The owner can do a simple test to see if Shiba Inu puppies are aggressive. Turn the puppy over, and then keep it in this position. Although this experiment is somewhat controversial, many experts believe that it can judge the aggressiveness of a puppy as an adult. If the Shiba Inu puppy growls and struggles to break free, it means that it may be aggressive when it grows up. If it lays down quietly (this is not like the character of a Shiba Inu!), it may be too obedient to its owner when he grows up. The best response of a Shiba Inu puppy should be somewhere in between, trying to break free, but not growl or bite.