The name, Shiba Inu was officially coined in Japan in the 1920’s. However the origins of Japan’s oldest and smallest breed began more than nine thousand years ago.
The modern day Shiba Inu is the result of thousands of years of importation, selective breeding and preservation / protection. The Shiba Inu breed is one of the six distinct original native Japanese breeds.
These Japanese breeds from smallest to largest include; Shiba Inu, Shikoku, Kishu, Kai, Hokkaido, Akita. Out of these six breeds, the Shiba Inu is the recognized in Japan and throughout the world.
The Shiba inu is recognized as the the official national dog of Japan. The Japanese people take great pride in the Shiba Inu and the breed was declared a national treasure in 1936.Japanese breed clubs and organizations like NIPPO go to great lengths to ensure that proper breed standards are followed.
Shiba Inus do not catch mice, they do not herd, they do not pull carts and they do not guard your property or frighten away intruders. Shiba Inus were designed and bred exclusively as companions. Shiba Inus funny little characters will charm and win you over from the first day you meet them.
Shiba Inus are an exceptionally clean little dog generally free from doggie odors however they do shed a lot. They can be content to roll up in a ball at your feet, enjoy a lively ball game, or just clown around, providing entertainment for their audience at home. Shiba Inu enthusiasts are nothing short of charmed by their Shiba Inus’ snoring or snorting.
A Shiba Inu companion is a living treasure that you will stroke millions of times and cherish for many years. Your Shiba Inu is a unique individual that you will never forget, a personality that imprints your life, leaving only happiness in their wake throughout the years you spend together.