Shiba Inu Dogs 101 – A Difficult Dog Breed

Shiba Inu Dogs 101 – A Difficult Dog Breed


Did you know that the Shiba Inu is considered
the oldest and smallest of Japan’s dogs?. Brought to America from Japan as recently
as 60 years ago, the Shiba Inu is growing in popularity in the West and is already the
most popular breed in his homeland. This Japanese native, with his alert expression
and a smooth stride, looks almost fox-like. But for a small dog, he’s a sturdy, muscular
pooch with a bold, confident personality to match. Let’s get to know him. Hi, I’m Leroy and I’m Rosie and this is
Animal Facts. Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. 10. The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original
and distinct Japanese dogs. The others are the Akita Inu, Shikoku Inu,
Kishu Inu, Hokkaido, and Kai Ken. The Shiba goes way back. According to National Geographic, the Shiba
Inu is the breed that’s most genetically similar to wolves, suggesting that he’s among
the oldest domesticated dog breeds. All of the ancient Japanese breeds were bred
before the 19th century and are part of the Spitz family of dogs, exhibiting pointy ears
and a thick coat. We publish Every Monday and Friday, so hit
that notification icon to not miss a single fact. 9. He is perhaps one of the oldest dog breeds
in the world. The Shiba’s ancestors probably accompanied
the earliest immigrants to Japan way back in 7000 B.C. Archaeologists have found remains of dogs
about the size of Shibas in sites that were inhabited by the Jomon-jin people, who lived
in Japan from 14,500 B.C. to 300 A.D. The Shiba Inu is likely the result of breeding
between the Jomon-jin people’s dogs and dogs that came to Japan with a new group of immigrants
in 300 B.C. 8. The Shiba Inu has been identified as a basal
breed that predates the emergence of the modern breeds in the 19th Century. Basal breed is a term given to breeds which
have far less mixed DNA than more “modern” breeds whose true origins are difficult to
ascertain for that reason. Originally, the Shiba Inu was bred to hunt
and flush small game, such as birds and rabbits. Despite efforts to preserve the breed, the
Shiba nearly became extinct during World War II due to a combination of food shortages
and a post-war distemper epidemic. During World War II, Japan’s focus wasn’t
exactly on dog breeding. All subsequent dogs were bred from the only
three surviving bloodlines. These bloodlines were the Shinshu Shiba from
Nagano Prefecture, the Mino Shiba from Gifu Prefecture, and the San’in Shiba from Tottori
and Shimane Prefectures. Today’s Shiba Inu is most similar to the Shinshu,
but all three contributed to the modern breed. 7. In 1954, an armed service family brought the
first Shiba Inu to the United States, but little is known about the breed in the US
until the late 70’s. In 1979, the first recorded litter was born
in the United States. The Shiba was recognized by the American Kennel
Club in 1992 in the Miscellaneous group and added to the AKC Non-Sporting Group in 1993. He is now primarily kept as a pet both in
Japan and abroad. Today, he is the 46th most popular dog in
America. Because of his friendly nature and relatively
long lifespan of 12 to 16 years, the Shiba is currently one of the most popular and most
numerous companion dogs in the Land of the Rising Sun. He was even declared a national treasure of
the country in 1936. Many Shibas have become Instagram and YouTube
sensations in Japan. At just five years of age Bodhi the Shiba
Inu has achieved something that many aspiring models never will – he’s become a successful
male fashion model. Bodhi lives in New York City with his owners
Yena Kim (a former designer at Ralph Lauren) and David Fung. Now living the life of a high-flier, he has
gained over 322,000 followers on Instagram. Bodhi reportedly makes around $15,000 a month. 6. The Shiba’s name is kinda mysterious. We know the word “inu” means dog in Japanese,
but we don’t know for certain where the name “Shiba” came from. Shiba means brushwood in Japanese, so it’s
possible that the Shiba Inu was named for the terrain where he once hunted. It’s also possible that the name came from
the Shiba’s coat, which is the same color as the autumn brushwood. A third explanation is that the name came
from the breed’s size. An obsolete meaning of the word Shiba, in
an old Nagano dialect, is little. So his name could literally mean “little
dog”. Makes sense. That’s why the Shiba Inu is sometimes referred
to as the “Little Brushwood Dog“. 5. His name might mean “little dog”, but
most would say he’s conveniently sized. He’s certainly neither a large dog nor a
small dog at 13 inches to 17 inches tall at the shoulder. And he’s certainly not heavy at between
17 and 23 pounds. His size makes him too large for the AKC’s
toy group, but he places nicely in the Non-Sporting group. The Shiba Inu is a medium-sized dog with a
compact, muscular frame. 4. The Shiba Inu is known for a bold, fiery personality. The Japanese have three words to describe
the breed’s mental traits and forgive me if I mispronounce these: kaani-i (spirited boldness),
ryosei (good nature), and soboku (alertness). Combined, these traits make up the interesting,
intelligent, and strong-willed temperament of this breed. Like a ninja warrior, the Shiba Inu moves
quickly, nimbly, and effortlessly. 3. You must stay one step ahead of the Shiba
Inu, for he is both dominant and clever. The Shiba is very challenging to raise and
train. A bold, high-spirited “big dog in a small
body,” he must always be kept on-leash, for he has a high prey drive and quick reflexes
and will pursue anything that moves. He’s a true runner. He can outrun and out-dodge any human….and
frequently does. 2. The little Shiba Inu is also an escape artist! If bored or left alone, this dog will literally
pull off some Houdini tricks in order to escape. He is incredibly agile and flexible, and can
easily climb over fences and squeeze through narrow holes. He is also an excellent digger, and can swiftly
burrow under fences. Now combine this with his brilliant mind,
and it’s perfectly clear the Shiba can’t be easily confined outdoors. It is mandatory that you always supervise
your Shiba and spend as much time as possible with him. This also applies if you keep your dog indoors. Sure, he won’t escape as easily from an
apartment, but he’ll discover other ways to deal with boredom, such as destroying your
furniture, chewing things into pieces, or even ripping up your carpet. 1. In 2004, an earthquake struck the village
of Yamakoshi in Japan. When her family’s home collapsed, a Shiba
Inu named Mari sprang into action to save her puppies and her elderly owner. She moved her puppies to a safe place and
then found and woke her owner, who had been trapped underneath a fallen cabinet. He managed to free himself and was eventually
evacuated from the area by helicopter. He was forced to leave Mari and her pups behind,
but when he returned two weeks later he found that they were all alive. Mari’s story was made into a Japanese movie
called “A Tale of Mari and Her Three Puppies.” Want more fun, fauna facts? Go ahead and smash that subscribe button and
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  2. I have a Shiba Inu, you are correct in saying, big dog in a small body😝😝💕 she’s so smart, but stubborn. Loyal and loves playing with my daughter’s dogs . I spoil her so much, she is such a princess now☺️

  3. I’ve got 2 shibas a mum who’s 14 and a son who’s 11 I grew up with them since I’m 11 and there the best!

  4. I rescued my girl 5 years ago. I didnt even know what breed she was. Now i have love and respect for shiba inus. My girl has a high prey drive and ive never met a dog so dedicated to escaping. Even in her older years now 7-8 yrs old she is in great health and trys to test new ways to get out. Great video. ❤

  5. These are great dogs but cannot be stereotyped considering each dog has a very broad unique personality, within this breed. My guy friend had one and it was very cat like. It didn't crave attention, she was well behaved but different.

  6. I have 2 of these beautiful beasties. My boy once escaped from my dad's garden, He was reported as been seen in 3 different Postal codes on Facebook as we scoured the Area by car and by foot for 2 hours before we finally drove back to my house to see him sat out the front with a big smile on his face

  7. I have a shiba inu too. Hi is 9 months old and it is bigger then odher shiba inus. He have 11 kg. But he iz allergic to some food. He is my first dog and he is always hungrey bat we feed him weel. I don't know what to do with him.

  8. N°7
    You shouldn't put clothes on a dog it stresses them out
    (It's a fact looked it up )
    Unless the dog is sick and shaking bc of the cold

    Nice video btw ~

  9. I have a Shiba and he's a very good boy. He rips up napkins sometimes or chews on a corner st the house every once in a while but generally he's well behaved and very loving.

  10. I received mine as a Christmas gift this last year. She tries to escape, but I work at keeping her on a leash. She's a it's all about me puppy, and she'll tell you in her own way. I hope to find a male to breed her next year.

  11. Number 3 is Sooooooo true. I let my Shiba off the leash in a gated dog park so she can play with other dogs…. It's damn near impossible to grab her to put her back on the lease when it's time to go…. I had to buy a full body harness with a handle to help.

  12. I have 2 shibas, one white and one red. My latest adoption is an absolute brat! She’s a stubborn escape artist. She just looks at me like I’m stupid. My other shiba is absolutely perfect, he listens, took to training very well and doesn’t try to escape. I love both of them. But goodness.

  13. My son Kevin is a Shiba and he is absolutely untrainable. He's a good boy, though, and he's a big part of why I got help for my eating disorder! He likes to cuddle and bark at squirrels.

  14. I own a Shiba Inu girl named Kira she is crazy, evil, TOOOOO SMART that will make you look stupid in front of other people, and they make the weirdest sound in the whole world, but I wouldn’t change her beautiful evilness for nothing else in the world she keeps me happy and active and I love her you guys can see her in her Instagram Kiratheshibi.

  15. We just got a shiba Inu. She’s 4months old. And attempting to train her. But she’s trying to assert her dominance. It’s tough lol.

  16. My Hanabi is a great dog. Shiba inus aren’t that difficult to train as long as you’re an active owner. They require exercise and boundaries. If you let this breed do as it pleases, you will be screwed. They love to stimulated, so new tricks and renewing commands daily is great for them. 🙂

  17. I’ve fallen in love with the breed a couple of years ago. Nothing negative about these puppers will prevent me from owning one.

  18. Very informative, but the mispronunciation of Japanese words really threw me off when trying to google some of the breeds you mentioned. ("Kai Ken" is pronounced "Kah-ee Ken", not "Kay Ken". Shiba is "shee-bah", not "shihbuh" to name a few).

  19. I have a little shiba girl and she truly is such a handful sometimes 😄 she's so stubborn, acts like a spoiled human child most of the time, is extremely smart and knows exactly what we want from her but if she doesn't feel like doing it, she just won't 😁 but that's exactly why we love her ❤

  20. My shiba stays in the yard almost all the time unleashed and Chase's any animal that comes in her yard she allows any one in our home which I don't like she never chews anything up good dog to have if you don't want a watch dog

  21. my shiba lady was an escape artist as she was found and brought to a shelter. but now she is well trained to wait at all open doors. they are clever and sneaky (and full of sass!) but also have their reward system ;P

  22. My Shiba has gotten very old and settled down to be less of a rascal. He used to bite the gate to the backyard to the point where he escaped when he was younger. He’s a very intelligent dog and outsmarts our black lab constantly when fighting for toys. He’s also very affectionate and he even learned to go back home when he gets out if I tell him to. Fantastic dogs!

  23. I've gotten my shiba to stay in my yard. He'll still wander off every once in a while but I know he stays close. It's nice to live in a rural forested area with not so many cars driving through. He loves it! Definitely an outside dog also, and I'd say probably the most loyal.

  24. Great information about a great breed. One nitpick—basal is pronounced BAY-suhl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_Rw04HLYMA

  25. This is one of very few times in my career in film and television that I’ve seen someone use a young child effectively as a narrator/personality. My dad was a producer and director for various TV networks when I was growing up, and he trained my little brother and I how to act and do voiceovers at an early age. This wasn’t just to teach us something cool; it’s a huge problem for directors when non-industry people (like local business owners) insist on “using” their own kids in commercials and such. I have seen so many otherwise decent (and often very expensive) spots turned into pure cringe because someone insisted on using their very young child, who had no idea how to enunciate or why they were being recorded.

    But I was really impressed with how you included your daughter, Rosie. I couldn’t have done it better myself. You gave her important yet simple spoken lines, and she pronounces them very clearly. It adds a lot of “cute factor” without sounding awkward, and that’s not easy to achieve. Plus, as a grown woman who now works in the film industry myself, thanks to my dad’s teachings, I can say that the media industries desperately need more competent, knowledgeable women working in them. The sad fact is is that very few women grow up in an environment where they’re taught things like basic acting, video and sound recording, editing, directing, etc. It’s an extremely male-dominated field.

    So, long story short, I have a lot of respect for what you’re doing, both as a content creator and as a parent. Great work. 👍

  26. I enjoyed this video. The narrator and the little lady's voices were very pleasant. Shiba's and Akita's are very beautiful dogs and I enjoy watching videos about them. Thanks.

  27. They are so cute smart I have an shiba and we have sign special languages so if I do a heart means I want to walk whit it
    If I put my ri g finger up it means It will get a brother or sister or a man if I say ok it means I love the dodger now time for the dog sign

    If her puts paw up means walk or food so I do both if it barks it’s saying it’s thirsty if it comes to my hand means massage time if it goes to my closet it means that it dosent like what I’m wearing if it tries to dab means I wanna play and done. It’s a very good dog and smart 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰☺️☺️☺️ I live ittt

  28. So far my six month old Shiba Inu, Emerald is pretty good at staying close to me and not leaving my yard. Not at all like my escape artist Siberian Husky.
    She is very protective and suspicious of people she don’t know. She loves playing with my Husky but backs away from other large dogs at the park. She loves to play with smaller dogs. I got her when she was three months old so training was a lot easier than my husky who was already nine months when I got her. Emerald has her moments when she won’t listen but for the most part she listens pretty well and will come back when I call her. We are still working on the leave it command. She has gotten sit and lay down but hasn’t yet gotten stay. Work in progress.

  29. You indeed mispronounce the Japanese words most horribly. Other than that, pleasant video, but I guess it would be quite hard to make a boring video about such a funny and nice looking dog!

  30. 悍威 (kan-i) spirit & dignity or spirited boldness as you said
    良性 (ryou-sei) loyal & obedient or good nature as you said
    素朴 (soboku) simple & natural elegance or beauty. I think it was supposed to be artlessness instead of alertness.
    I wouldn't mind how good or bad your pronunciation is, but I needed to look up those words.
    I never knew there were the standard descriptions of Japanese dogs officially stated by the Nihon Ken Hozonkai.
    Thanks for the interesting video!

  31. I just adopted a stray Shiba and I expected the worst but he is the perfect dog, he was already well trained and is super smart. He was the only dog at the orphanage that calmly sat and waited to be picked. They said he came in their already pretty clean compared to the other dogs, meaning he didn’t use the bathroom in his kennel. THESE ARE THE BEST PUPS

  32. I'm always so impressed by your knowledge of the subject Leroy.
    Of course I realise that your chief investigative reporter , Little Miss Rosie does all of the leg work and hunts down likely sources of information for you, but without each other, us viewers would be looking at still pictures with a sign under each one saying," This is another picture of ….."
    I raise my imaginary hat to you both and of course wish you rainbows.

  33. Our Shibas, Max and Sally are great dogs! Sally is a natural 32 pound female. Max is 60 pounds, and the biggest Shiba I've ever seen. They are the best of friends. We love them soooo much!

  34. This is very interesting! Especially hearing the the first known litter in the United States in 1979. That there was little known about them and they were added to the American Kennel club registry until 1992. I given a Shiba Inu by a friend around 1983. At that time she was about 2 years old. Around 1989 I asked my veterinarian what her breed was because I never knew. He said he wasn't sure either, but probably a Terrior mix. She was a wonderful dog! Very intelligent, loyal and loving. I had her 18 years, so yes they live a long life and with no health issues. Even when older she remained active and still had the attitude of a young dog. Sadly we lost her in 1999. All those years I believed she was a mixed breed. It wasn't until 2011 I saw a woman walking a dog that was her twin. I was driving at the time so I pulled over and approached the woman and asked her what her dogs breed was and she said "a Shiba Inu" a couple months later I saw a couple at a park with the same type of dog. Again, these people told me "Shiba Inu!" When I returned home I got on my computer and researched Shiba Inu and watched dozens of videos! It was like seeing my baby alive again! Identical looks, personality and mannerisms! I was so happy to finally know what breed she was! I never felt she was a mixed breed because of her beautifully defined looks, build and coloring but I thought, if a Vet said she's mixed than she must be. Now I'm wondering if my 'Dominique' was one of the puppies from the first known litter in the US in 1979 or a close descendant! She was my Love💕💕💕

  35. My shiba is the love of my life. Yes, they are sneaky. Yes, they are VERY stubborn. But they have so much personality, extremely goofy, are super loyal, protective, absolutely beautiful dogs, a sturdy yet portable size, and are very in tune with their family's emotions.

  36. My shiba is extremely stubborn and very very lazy. And possessive ONLY whenever my girlfriend is around she has a tendency to hump me whenever i show affection to my girlfriend…

  37. We are in the process of rescuing an adult Shiba. I've owned dogs before, including an Akita/ English Mastiff mix breed, but this will be my first time with a Shiba. I am optimistic though and know that no matter what I am going to assure that our dog gets a better life than what they had before they were given up or seized (A lot of the Shibas at the rescues we are looking at were commercial breeding dogs and will need a lot of readjustment to life as a happy pooch)

  38. When I moved out of my parents home at the age of 20, I quickly realized that I needed some company and adopted a rescued 1 year old Shiba Inu named Maddie. Highly intelligent, beautiful, playful and full of joy, she made my life better every single day for 16 years. She was constantly complimented by passerby's on routine walks in the park and never met a cat she didn't like (odd, I know). She died on February 3rd, 2017 and I miss her everyday. She suffered from pretty severe dementia in her last few months but other than that she was incredibly healthy her entire life. Shiba Inu is a great breed for those fitting of their character and needs.

    Edit: I guess I was fortunate. Maddie never chewed, clawed or destroyed anything, not once! She was also very obedient. She learned "stay" within about four attempts and to this day I'm still not quite sure how she grasped the concept so quickly. I know I'm biased but I've had a few dogs throughout my life and she was easily the smartest and most obedient dog I've had.

  39. My little shiba thinks she owns me. Not affectionate, extremely independent, likes to be by herself, but surprisingly loves other dogs and loves to play. I love my dumb little weirdo

  40. I love my foxy little man. He is strong willed and demands attention from passersby. The only dog I have owned that was potty trained before he was weened.

  41. As long as your consistent and well composed they make great dogs. Keep in mind this should not be your first dog. I trained dogs as a kid all the way up to early adult and was able to train and maintain my shibe. He is the most behaved dog I've ever been around, off leash and leashed. He is the absolute best dog ever ( kuma, my shibe)

  42. I hope you realize that in Japanese “Inu” means dog so your title literally says Shiba dog dog. You don’t have to say the species after the breed. That’s like someone saying “mountain lion cat” or “chipmunk rodent”

  43. Mine loves home so I guess I’m blessed because she’s never tried to escape💕 She potty trained quickly and has never soiled my home. She’s extremely intelligent but stubborn so we had a trainer help us teach her commands that she would obey. She’s never been heavily destructive to my furniture save one time when my mother in-law stayed for a month with her two dachshunds. She was still a puppy and got wild because she had a blast with them and bit up my cushion on my love seat and when she was teething she chewed on a corner of my coffee table. She does have anxiety issues though and sometimes needs a few days to decompress if something triggers it. Other than that, I wouldn’t trade her for any other breed! Best dog we ever owned and she rarely barks except when a stranger walks in our door she’s unsure of. She is the sweetest, most gentle dog I’ve ever owned! She’s awesome!😁

  44. I have a dog that looks exactly like this bit he has a black tongue. I'm having difficulties identifying his breed

  45. Thank you for a very informative video I've been rescuing this breed for 16 years and it's good to see somebody get the facts straight

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