Dog Breed Guide: Shiba Inu

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Dog Breed Guide: Shiba Inu

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Shiba Inu

Height (to base of neck): females 13.5-15.5″ males 14.5-16.5″

Weight:  females 17 lb, males 23 lb

Color: Black and tan, red and sesame, with specific white or cream patterns.

Origin: Japan

Coat: Double coat with thick, dense short undercoat and straight hard outer coat.

Life Expectancy: 12-13  years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Shiba


Is a Shiba Inu the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Shiba Inu has historically been used for hunting, but today is mostly a house pet or show dog. They are loyal, excellent watch dogs and can be good with children if raised with them.  They can tolerate both heat and cold temperatures.  Their personalities can border on dominant and can be aloof with strangers.  They are particularly adept at escaping enclosures.  They can be vocal and will readily bark.  They can be resistant to leash training, or any type of restraint.  Early socialization and obedience is crucial.  They are moderate shedders and have low grooming needs.
Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Shiba Inu

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Skin Allergies  $454  $1,808
 Pyoderma  $226  $1,416
 Gastritis  $518  $818
 Ear Infection  $380  $1,016
 Pink Eye  $120  $246


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