Is That a Fox? No, It’s a Shiba Inu – One of Japan’s National Treasures
Who can remember the name of this breed of dog? Is it ‘shina ibu’ or ‘shibu ina’ or what? Of course, Japanese people don’t have a problem remembering the words correctly, but people outside of Japan just says, “You know, that Japanese breed that looks like a fox.”
When people see those prick ears and squinty eyes, he’s easily mistaken for a fox at first glance. But no, he’s a real dog from the Land of the Rising Sun. If you like his looks and think you might want a Shiba Inu as a companion, beware. He will train you to be his servant before you even realize it.
A Shiba Inu seems like the perfect pet because he’s obsessively clean, perfect size at less than 25 pounds, smart, and a good watch dog. He’s #45 on the American Kennel Club list of popular breeds. That’s a good spot because he’s not so rare that it’d be difficult to find a puppy, but not so popular that the breed is being overly bred. That means the quality of the breed is being maintained. And Japan has declared this breed a National Treasure.
However, you’d better check out his less desirable qualities as well. His independent nature seems great at first – until he escapes from your yard and you can’t figure out how he did that since you have a 6-foot chain link fence. You would have gotten a good laugh if you’d seen him climb that fence. And then you would have spent the next several hours trying to seduce him to return to you.
A Shiba Inu can be very strong willed. He is not a pushover like a Golden Retriever, so you need to be just as stubborn and unwaveringly consistent in your training. Don’t ever let him realize how weak you really are! This is one breed where you definitely need to be the leader of the pack – even if the pack is only two of you!