The double thick coat of the Shiba Inu is thick. The outer coat is straight and stiff, while the undercoat is wavy and soft. They shed moderately throughout the year, with only two times per year of heavy shed. Their coats range from an orange-red color to a cream-white ventral color and are tipped with black. Sometimes, white markings are found on the tail or forelegs of the dogs.
Although Shibas are intelligent and loyal, they don’t like sharing their toys or food. They also do not get along with other dogs, especially male ones. If you have a yard, a Shiba is best suited for it. Because they are escape artists, they should be kept on a lead. They are also high-energy and have strong prey drive, which makes them prone to dog aggression. As a result, they need daily exercise. To stay healthy and fit, Shiba Inus require a daily workout. Bicycling is another great way to exercise the Shiba Inu.
While the Shiba Inu was originally used as a hunting dog in Japan, it has been increasingly popular as a companion and a family pet in the U.S. and throughout the world. Although the original purpose for the Shiba Inu’s was to flush small game and birds it was occasionally used to hunt wild boar. Shibas are one six Japanese native dog breeds. Shibas have a small head and fox-like markings on their faces. They also have cat-like agility.