Non-sporting Breeds

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu
Pedigree Points
Recognized: ANKC, FCI, KC (GB)
Height: Dog: 15-16 in (37.5-40cm) Bitch: 14-15 in (35-37.5cm)
Weight: 20-30 lb (9-13.5kg)
Coat: Harsh and straight
Color: Red, salt and pepper, black, black and tan, or white

The Shiba Inu is an ancient breed associated with the Prefectures of Gifu, Toyama, and Nagano in central Japan, and the name, in fact, means "little dog" in the Nagano dialect. Remains of a dog of this type were found in ruins dating back to the Joman era (500 BC). The Shiba Inu has, in recent years, become a firm favorite of exhibitors, following closely on the heels of the Japanese Akita onto the international scene. It is an excellent bird dog, guard, and hunter of small game, with a considerable amount of native cunning. The Shiba is an affectionate, friendly, and sensitive dog that makes a fine pet as well as a show dog and/or hunter. It needs a fair amount of exercise and a good daily brushing to keep it looking trim.
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