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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Shiba Inus

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Japanese Dog Breeds are More Than a Cute Face

They’re adorable and look just like cuddly bears. But how much do they really know about Shiba Inus, you ask?

1. Shiba Inus’ Ancestral Roots are Really, Really Old

An analysis of DNA shows that the Shiba Inu, a Classical-era dog breed, is one of the oldest. It dates back to the 3rd Century BC. The Roman Republic was a dominant force in the world at the time. Emperor Qin Shi Huang was buried with the Chinese Terracotta Army. This was also the time when an Asian spitz-type dog was created.

2. The Making of the First Shiba-Inu Import Year

The American Armed Forces Family brought the first Shiba inu to America in 1954. This is more than 2150 years after the Shiba Inu was born in Japan. The popularity of the breed grew and in 1979, the first Shiba Inu American litter appeared. The American Kennel Club currently ranks it 46th in popularity.

3. Modern History: Shiba Inu’s Fall

According to the Guinness World Records a Shiba Inu named Pusuke died in 2011 at 26 years old, three months short of his 27th birthday. Pusuke, who was described as active and energetic up until his death, died five minutes after his owner returned from a morning walk. According to his family, Pusuke waited until her return before he took his final breath.

4. Do you pretend to be Ninja Warriors

The Shiba Inu is quick, agile, and alert. This makes them a great escape artist. Make sure you have a collar with tags, microchip, and tags for your Shiba Inu in case your dog decides to venture out into the great outdoors. Shiba Inus are a fierce protector of their possessions and will often refuse to share toys. Routine socialization training can help temper their fiery nature, which is best begun at an early age. The Shiba Inu, like a ninja is very loyal and dedicated to protecting family members from any suspicious strangers.

5. Good Health

Shiba Inus live long and healthy lives, which is a common trait. The breed can be susceptible to some conditions, so you need to be aware. These conditions include hip dysplasia, kneecap problems, and glaucoma. You should ensure that your Shiba Inu pup is certified healthy if it’s being adopted from a breeder.



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