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The Shiba Inu, a dog of Japanese origin has long been the favourite companion
of the geishas. He came close to extinction after the Second World War.


Physical characteristics :

Coat :  Hard, straight and dense hair. The dress is black and fiery, red and white, sesame (equal mixture of white and black hairs) or red sesame (bottom of red hair mixed with black hairs).
Weight : 13 to 23 lbs
Longevity : 11 à 13 ans


Temperament :

  • He is happy, friendly and very fond of children.
  • He is rather independent and stubborn. His education requires firmness and patience.
  • He is very faithful, loyal and extremely protective of his master.
  • Alert and balanced, it is an excellent guard dog .

Environnement :
It may be suitable for apartment living.
He must be able to spend himself regularly.


Grooming :
Important seasonal moulting.
Moderate hair loss.
Occasional brushing.


Medical conditions to watch for:

  • Dislocation of the patella.
  • Ophthalmic problems.
  • Hypothyroidism.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder.