The Shiba Inu gained popularity around the world due to the story of the loyal dog, Hachiko, whose statue has become one of the most important meeting points in Shibuya among both locals and foreigners.
However, Hachiko was actually an Akita breed, but the Shiba Inu also gained popularity from that story because both the Akita Inu and Shiba Inu share many similarities. The only major difference is that the Shiba Inu is much smaller in size, making the breed one of the top choices for those living in Japan’s crowded cities.
People find the Shiba Inu very cute thanks to its round face and unique, slightly slanted eyes that many people consider getting one, or more Shiba Inu puppies. However, as it’s the case with each dog breed, the Shiba Inu has very specific traits people who would like to have a dog should be aware of before adopting one. After all, there’s nothing worse than an irresponsible dog owner who gives up on the furry family member they adopted.
The Shiba Inu sheds a lot! If you cannot handle having dog hair all over your furniture and clothes, then you should think twice before getting one since you may need to devote yourself to cleaning the house more often with a Shiba Inu around!
Wait a minute, that does not sound like a negative trait. Right?
Well, the truth is, free spirited is just a euphemism for stubbornness.
If you want an obedient dog that would come to you whenever you call their name or obey all your commands, the Shiba Inu is probably not the dog for you. The Shiba Inu has a mind of its own which, can make it pretty difficult to train. It is an intelligent dog that understands your commands but it can pretend not to hear you at times, or only hear you when your commands suits them. As a result, some pet owners might find themselves feeling impatient when trying to call their Shiba Inu. If you want and feel that can only have an obedient dog, a poodle would suit you better.
The Shiba Inu breed is bold and, therefore, prone to aggression especially towards strangers and other animals. If you have other pets at home, you really need to train and socialize your Shiba Inu well or they may get into fights. You should also be careful and control how your dog behaves around strangers. This can become problematic for those who would wish their dog to have other furry friends, or for those who like to go to dog parks. As such, making sure that your Shiba Inu learns how to behave around other dogs and strangers is essential.
If you can accept and handle these traits, then you may be the right owner for a Shiba Inu. Otherwise, you may consider adopting other dog breeds, especially if you are a first-time dog owner with little experience. After all, the least thing you want is to feel that you were completely unprepared for the task of having one of these furry family members with you.