Do Shiba Inus snore that much, or that loudly?
In a word, yes. Almost every Shiba Inu snores, and usually it’s not as loud as a person, but it can easily be mistaken for someone snoring. Shiba Inus snort, snarfle and snore and often will pass a lot of gas too. Just expect them to be noisy dogs, but not barkers.
How long do Shiba Inus normally live?
Being a small breed, healthy Shiba Inus normally live from 10 to 14 years, but can live for many more.
Can Shiba Inu’s eyes pop out?
Yes they can, but it doesn’t just happen. If you squeeze the neck too hard or pull too hard on a choke collar, a Shiba Inu’s eyes can pop out. This is called a prolapse. This is rare but you should take them to the vet immediately if this happens.
How much daily care do Shiba Inu’s require then?
Really not that much. On a weekly basis, you should brush their coat, keep their faces clean and check their eyes for problems. Most Shiba Inus take about 20 minutes a week. Monthly, you should also trim their toe nails, and maybe give them a bath if they need it. Many owners find using a shedding comb such as a Furminator, monthly greatly reduces the amount of Shiba Inu hair on their clothes and carpets
Do your Shiba Inus paws get irritated after going on their walks?
This may just be something as simple as a grass seed stuck between their toes, grit or somethiing a farmer has sprayed on their field. Try washing their paws with a gentle dog shampoo as soon as you get back, paying particular attention to between the pads and toes, then applying a small amount of Sudocrem between the pads and toes and slighty up the legs, gently massaging the cream in the opposite direction to the hair to make sure it reaches the skin underneath the fur. This may have to be done more than once, but should see an improvement within half hour. Some dogs may need medical treatment for their allergies. Please consult a vet if the problem persists
Is there a difference between Fawn and Black Shiba Inus?
Aside from the color, there is no difference between the two. On average, Shiba Inus live about 12 years, but they’ve been known to live well beyond their average life span with proper care, nutrition and of course some good luck.
Are Shiba Inus easy to train?
Shiba Inus are moderately easy to train, making them neither easy to train, nor difficult. They maintain a stubborn streak, which can present occasional problem. Fortunately though, a Shiba Inu is a people dog that is eager to please and receive attention…And they’re lovers of all things edible with the possible exception of lettuce and thus can be bribed to do what you want them to do rather easily.
Are Shiba Inus good apartment dogs?
Absolutely! Shiba Inus are small indoor dogs that don’t require a lot of room to run inside or outside, making them ideal for apartment dwellers.
Are Shiba Inus good with children?
Yes yes…A thousand times yes! Shiba Inus are among the most gentle and passive breeds of all. They will tolerate the prodding of a child, are not known to nip or bite and are quite protective of the family and home.
Do Shiba Inus bark a lot?
Not usually. Shiba Inus are generally very quiet dogs, though they can be taught to bark and make lots of noise. To answer a related question, the Shiba Inu’s bark is not yappy or shrill like the bark of some other small dogs.
QUESTION: Do Shiba Inus make good watch dogs or guard dogs?
ANSWER: Not usually. Some Shiba Inus may alert you that someone is nearby by barking gently (Shiba Inus don’t bark loudly, in general, because it’s muffled by the lips), but most Shiba Inus are more interested in greeting new people rather than scaring them off. The look of the Shiba Inu often will scare people – especially if you have a Bullmastiff in the yard too. Then you can just say that the Shiba Inu is a puppy and it grows up into the Bullmastiff (sorry, that’s Shiba Inu humor).
QUESTION: Do Shiba Inus really like to dress up in costumes like I see in all the pictures?
ANSWER: Actually, they usually do. Shiba Inus are very extroverted dogs, and do just about anything for a laugh from their people. If they discover that wearing a costume makes you happy, they’ll do it. If it gets them laughter and applause, that’s even better!