The Shiba Inu, commonly known as Shiba, is a breed of dog originating from Japan.
The Shiba is a medium-sized dog (40 cm), well proportioned (11 kg) and agile. It has a head proportional to the body, with triangle-shaped eyes and erect ears. His expression is alert and intelligent. The Shiba has a dense, double, weather-resistant coat. Common coat colors include red, black and tan, sesame, and cream.
In terms of personality, the Shiba is renowned for being independent, courageous and proud. He has a strong personality and can be reserved with strangers. The Shiba is also a very intelligent, lively and curious dog. He has a strong hunting instinct and can be stubborn at times. The Shiba also has strong family loyalty and can be an excellent companion when properly socialized and trained.
The Shiba is generally an active dog that needs regular exercise to stay fit and happy. Daily walks, interactive games and mental challenges are important for his physical and mental well-being. The Shiba can also be very clean and often prefers to groom themselves, making them a relatively easy dog to care for.
In terms of health, the Shiba is generally a hardy breed, but can be predisposed to certain hereditary conditions, such as eye problems, skin allergies, and hip problems. Regular visits to the veterinarian, a balanced diet and good hygiene are essential to maintain the health of the Shiba.