Breed Group: Non-Sporting
Male: 14.5-16.5; Female: 13.5-15.5 inches
A very bold, lively and sweet dog, the Shiba Inu has won the hearts of many and has grown in popularity. This breed makes a good companion and does very well with children. Somewhat wary of strangers, but warms up quickly.
This agile breed is playful and energetic. Lively, charming, and affectionate, this breed can also be independent while demanding attention from his master. The Shiba Inu should not be kept around small animals but can do well with cats.
The Shiba Inu is intelligent, alert, and makes a good alarm dog at times. This breed can be prone to barking. This breed can prove to be a handful if not handled by an experienced owner as they tend to be willful.
The Shiba Inu has a coat that is fairly easy to groom. Rubber brushing does well with the coat of this dog to remove dead and loose hair. Seasonally a heavy shedder, many owners rely on regular professional grooming to keep shedding to a minimum. Do not bathe this dog regularly as it will remove the waterproofing this breed retains.
The Shiba Inu has a thick double coat. Outercoat should remain stiff and straight. The undercoat should be soft and thick. This breed has bushy hair on its tail and its hind legs.
This intelligent dog is pretty easy to housebreak, but obedience training should start at a young age. Being that this dog is high energy, they require a firm handler, and can be stubborn at times.
The Shiba Inu is not recommended for kennel life and should be kept as a member of the family as he loves attention. An average sized yard would suit this dog well; however regular walks can be sufficient.
Help reduce the number of Shiba Inu puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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AnonymousShiba Inu I absolutely love shiba inus, but I have never owned a dog of my own before. I've heard that they can be hard to care for, since they're willful and independent, and can be hard to train, especially for first-time owners who don't know what they are doing. Anybody have any advice on shiba ownership, or suggestions of another loyal, fluffy, loving but energetic dog with major cuteness that I should look into?
1/31/2015 5:15:25 PM
The Shiba Inu is not for the first time dog owner. However, with the right understanding of the breed, getting a puppy from a good breeder and making sure to do LOTS of socialization and training with a professional trainer, you could get a puppy. But yes, the Shiba Inu is known to be more cat-like as it is a willful and independent breed of dog, whom can be stubborn when training and they seem to have a ton of personality packed into such a small dog. I would suggest going to a few dog shows and meeting a couple of Shiba Inu's and their breeders and talk about their dogs. Get some face-time with the breed itself before you make your choice.
2/1/2015 11:36:07 AM
I bought my first Shiba this last Sept.... after reading online ALL the tips, warnings and info about how difficult a Shiba can be. I have owned a border collie and a mutt in prior years. I'm a petite woman in my 60s... and honestly.... my Shiba female has been the sweet pup to train. She was crate trained the first day... very easily house broken- not one accident ever! But I'm retired and was able to put her out every 2 hrs. Very clean dogs! Very smart... ad energetic. I never had the indoors overactive energy issues people complain about since I have a large fenced yard and she is able to work off all that puppy energy. I tried a puppy training program when she was about 4 -5 months old... and I think I wasted my money. It stressed her out terribly... and the typical puppy nipping and puppy disobedience all went away on it's own. I'm actually considering getting a 2nd Shiba pup this summer so she has a playmate. Good luck.
2/5/2015 11:30:50 AM
AnonymousShiba Inu Can Shiba's get along with cats? I have a cat so I was wondering.
1/28/2015 9:47:12 AM
The Shiba Inu can get along with cats as long as they are socialized with cats at a young age.
1/28/2015 8:08:03 PM
My Shiba female loves my 6 year old cat- both are kept indoors. However, the cat does not like the pup!
2/5/2015 11:31:36 AM
AnonymousAt what age do shiba inus mature? My grand Shiba Inu puppy is 2.5 yrs old and looks chunkier than the last time I saw him 3 weeks ago. I mean his chest looks bigger. Was just wondering if its due to maturing.
11/9/2014 9:43:46 AM
Your Shiba Inu was fully mature physically and mentally between 1 - 1 1/2 year old. So what you are seeing is fat. The Shiba Inu needs at least an hour to an hour and a half of exercise a day and a stable diet. No human food. Shiba's are known for gaining weight easily. A grain-free, high quality food such as Taste of the Wild, Go!, Now, Acana, Orijen or anything of that sort will help your grand-dogger loose weight and keep healthy, lean muscle.
11/10/2014 11:48:48 AM
AnonymousDo Shiba Inus get along with other dogs
8/15/2014 8:09:54 PM
The Shiba Inu is what some trainer's call an 'owners' dog. Which means that the Shiba Inu is known to attach themselves to their owner and not care much for other dogs or people. However, every dog is different and if the Shiba Inu has been socialized properly and raised around other dogs, then the Shiba should be fine. But like every dog, you can not expect your Shiba to like every dog he/she meets. Just like humans, dogs don't always get along with every other dog. Having that in mind, socializing your Shiba Inu and going to training classes will help your Shiba learn to be social and want to seek the attention and play of other canines.
8/17/2014 1:03:34 PM
AnonymousIs it ok to use vinegar and water spray to clean dog urine off your dog When I take dog out of her grate in the morning, she has a small amount of urine around her neck and under bottom of body. Been using spray solution of half water and vinegar to clean away the scent of urine from her and cage. Thanks
3/29/2014 8:12:17 AM
The combination of vinegar and water is fine for removing the scent off of the dog. But shampooing your dog with basic dog shampoo will work just as well. Cleaning the cage with an enzyme cleaner such as Nature's Miracle will keep the dog from thinking her crate is a potty place.
5/1/2014 12:31:42 AM
brymanzanilla012Do shiba inus shed a lot??? Do shiba inus shed a lot if they live in year round hot weather??
3/10/2014 8:47:41 PM
While most Shiba Inus do not shed year-round, they will shed consistently in the spring and fall for a couple of months at a time.
3/16/2014 9:47:58 PM
Mine Shiba inu shed a LOT, especially in spring and fall.
3/27/2014 7:59:14 PM
Shiba Inus are not a hypoallergenic dog and they do have a lot of fur, so yes. They shed A LOT. If you wait a while between brushings you ought to be able to make a new dog from the fur that you'll be able to brush out. I suggest using a stripper (dog grooming tool) and brush her/him twice a week, making sure not to go over the same area too many times or else you can give her brush burn.
4/8/2014 12:34:52 AM
AnonymousIs a Shiba Inu ok with eight year old child?
11/28/2013 12:53:15 PM
It depends on the Shiba and how he treats puppies or dogs. You need to do a lot of research on the Shiba before adopting one as they are not a normal dog. Most Shiba are good with kids if they are raised with kids and they treat them with respect.
12/29/2013 11:49:49 AM
Shiba's are usually great with kids specially if you get a puppy and raise him with the kids. If your adopting an older shiba like any other dog it depends on how they where raised and any trauma they might have. hope this helps
2/5/2014 8:50:36 PM
Our Shiba is good with human children, but terrible with puppies and other small dogs (though he is fine with big dogs).
1/8/2015 2:22:58 PM
AnonymousQuestions? Son/girlfriend bought a Shiba Inu at a PET STORE! Worried about her overall health. Vet not helpful - wondering the best diet (very loose stools)(6 months old) and where to find training for her as they live in an apartment (she has an attachment as she had one as a child). I will pay for a trainer, but they say you really need a trainer that deals with Shiba Inu's and I am so afraid she is going to get loose and won't come back when called. Never had a dog like this! (Still don't it's theirs, but I'm worried about her.) We live in the Atlanta area. I didn't know any Shiba Inu breeders, so I'm hoping you will give me a bit of advice. Thank you so much.
11/16/2013 9:54:46 PM
Well some advice, try only giving the puppy dry puppy food. If the vet does not find anything wrong with the puppy then try changing the food brand. Try royal caine or blue wild. Training is very important because shiba inu's are very smart and get bored if not mentally stimulated. Recall training is very important but a shiba should never be trusted off leash. I cant help you with a trainer because i don't know any in the Atlanta area but start with easy things like sit and come using treats. teach them to respond to their name by using treats. Try recall by doing using a command or using a whistle something loud that is very distinct and use treats make sure you are extremely excited for the puppy to come to you . I hope this helps and good luck.
2/6/2014 6:24:56 PM
AnonymousDespartly seeking help my 15 month old shiba has suddenly started chewing up flooring any kind. she has spent time with me in 3 different apartments, then a firend took her for 2 months till I got a 2 bdrm since they didn't allow pets in 1 bedrooms, he moved aand my parents took her for 3 months. During that time my girlfriend took her for 3 wks while they were away. I just picked her up weds. 6/26 and vrought her to my new 2 bdroom the first night she chewed the flooring in the new apartment just as she did when she went back to my parents houe and chewed a hole in the middle of the rug. I'm thinking a muzzle but how do I break this? I do believe she suffers from separation anxiety. Other than that she's a perfect dog gorgeous stops people where ever we are as they admire her she's very friendly
6/28/2013 12:13:42 PM
The hardest thing on an adult dog is changing homes. Sounds like she had a lot of different homes for a while, she was very confused with nothing the same as before. Shiba's hate muzzles and make them aggressive. Try a kennel the next time and where is is out only when you can keep an eye on her.
12/29/2013 11:59:00 AM
Shiba's are very smart dogs having said that they require mental exercise as well as physical exercise. Try doing some mental exercise like commands have her sit stand lie down ect. after walking her. They tend to do those things when they get bored so try a chew toy or better yet a raw hide bone that she can chew on. You will have to correct her behavior when you catch her. If she doesn't have a crate you might want to look into this specially during the night or times when you can not supervise her. This should break the cycle and she will get the point that she cant be chewing on things. Hope this helps
2/5/2014 9:02:06 PM
AnonymousAre Shibas good with 11 year old girls?
6/23/2013 6:03:07 PM
yes they are. ^^ Shiba inu are good dogs with people and since your girls are a bit older, a shiba will love them. i have mine around toddlers and they love them.
10/7/2013 5:01:09 PM
AnonymousWhat is the best way in chronological order to train my shiba puppy who is 10 wks. Old
3/25/2013 6:05:29 PM
Potty training is every time they eat or wake - they need to go outside. Other than that - put your Shiba in a basic puppy obedience class. It will teach you and your shiba how to relate and go through your steps. They are not too expensive and are really worth it. It will make your long lives together so much more rewarding.
4/26/2013 5:41:51 PM
Potty training is the most important thing. Shiba's are usually very clean dogs but they do need training. I would start with walking morning then one hr after food or water during the day and finally before bed. This process works well but is very time consuming, during potty training you should do some basic training like sit and stay and come here they are very smart dogs and require mental exercise as well as physical. Hope this helps.
2/5/2014 8:55:36 PM
I think that what most people don't understand about Shiba's is that you have to bond with them for a while before you can even start training. They are incredibly loyal to those they love, and very eager to please, but it make take a bit to bond with them fully and make sure they know you are the alpha dog.
1/31/2015 5:17:34 PM
2/10/2013 3:05:35 PM
They are not a rare bred but they are uncommon dogs
1/26/2014 12:41:06 AM
AnonymousMy husband and I are looking to buy a shiba, we never owned My husband and I are looking to buy a shiba, we never owned a dog in our life. Should we consider? We are a young couple (in our twenties) and we don't have any kids. We love the fact that they are intelligent and independent.
1/30/2013 2:42:49 PM
Shiba's are cute and like attention. They are very independent. If you are committed to this breed, you must commit to being the alpha. They are very smart and learn quickly...all the more reason to be in control. As you have never had a dog before it will be a challenge. I feel they like being the only dog in the house so if you are looking at more than one I would pick another breed. This is our opinion as we rescued one and he is attached to whoever handles him the most. I am sure some issues are from his past but as I study this breed I am convinced the description is valid. The other side is they are lovable but do not seem to like being cuddled....they are independent. If that is what you are looking for you will have a dog who is smart, loyal but needs training and a firm hand. Do not let the dog teach you...let him know immediately who is in charge. Hope this helps and someone else who has owned one from a pup can help you more.
2/23/2013 12:21:50 PM
Anonymousmy shiba (emma)just started losing fur on upper back legs why 1yr old dec 25.was eating purina puppy food now eating purina dog food. why is she losing so much fur
1/20/2013 11:22:36 AM
I would take her to the vet and see if she has allergies. My Shiba inu will do this when her allergies are getting bad. She is on medicine for it but I tend to take her off of it during the winter. Unfortunately this winter has been very dry so she is on her meds this winter as well. Her loosing her hair was part of the tip off. If your dog is a female they also will do this if they are experiencing and false pregnancy as mine did. A vet could give you the answers you need.
2/11/2015 2:44:46 PM
AnonymousHow large does the Shiba Inu breed get?
11/1/2012 8:15:52 PM
There is a bit of size variation in the breed. I raise shibas and have a female that is mature at 16 lbs. Most are closer to 20 lbs though. Males tend to be just a bit bigger. Google AKC breeds and it will tell you what the precise size should be. But if you get a good responsible breeder then they should be able to tell you what size the pup will be by a good guess.
11/8/2012 10:47:10 AM
Anonymousi live in a smaller flat with my parents and brother and i also have a 6 year old cat and a... i live in a smaller flat with my parents and brother and i also have a 6 year old cat and a guinea pig...is it a problem for a shiba to be in a small place and can he get along with the cat...and the guinea pig of course will be in a room where the dog will not be allowed...one last question are shibas good jogging partners?
10/11/2012 4:09:18 AM
Shibas do great in small spaces since they are a medium size and often quite (My Shiba only barks at strangers) If you train your shiba at a young age to befriend the cat they may get along..... Depends on the Shiba's personality. NEVER EVER let your guinea pig be alone with a shiba. Shiba are great jogging partners =D
10/14/2012 3:55:42 PM
I have two shiba inus and they love to run or jog. I live in a regular sized house, but they don't seem to care where they are at. Both of mine act like cats a lot and seem to do fine around cats. Be aware that shibas love to run and if they are in a small closed space, make sure you walk it daily or whenever you can. Also depending on the personality, if the shiba sees an open door to outside it may book it out the door and they are fast runners.
1/7/2013 12:08:23 PM
AnonymousMy fiance and I have been looking into getting a puppy, but we also have a year and a half old... My fiance and I have been looking into getting a puppy, but we also have a year and a half old German Shepherd(Ace). Ace is good with other dogs and very playful/active, would a Shiba get along with our German Shepherd?
10/6/2012 9:55:32 AM
Our Shiba is great around other dogs unless attacked. We also have two 3 pound Yorkie Terriers and the female Yorkie has attempted to be the Alpha dog without any luck! Our Shiba will endure the yorkies barking and nipping for a bit then throws her over and goes for the neck!!! Tillie has never hurt another animal or person but definately gets her point accross when she's had enough of the yorkies annoying behaviour. Good luck, Shiba lover
11/11/2012 10:28:54 AM
Anonymous1) I have a Shiba her age is 7 months, at what age I must change her diet actually she is eating... 1) I have a Shiba her age is 7 months, at what age I must change her diet actually she is eating royal canin for mini puppy, the bag's label says: Until 1 year or 10 kilograms but I notice that she is not gaining weight compare with other dogs of the same breed.
2) At what age she can reproduce without risks.
Thanks in advance.
9/25/2012 9:07:59 PM
Anonymousi'm having trouble with my 12 yr old sheba eating food whether it's cooked or store bought. any... i'm having trouble with my 12 yr old sheba eating food whether it's cooked or store bought. any suggestions ???
9/18/2012 10:00:59 PM
AnonymousWe snowshoe in the winter and train for half marathons in the spring and fall. Would a Shiba be... We snowshoe in the winter and train for half marathons in the spring and fall. Would a Shiba be a good running partner? I would have had to drag my last dog, she was not a runner... And I think next time around we'd like a jogging partner.
9/18/2012 2:47:14 PM
Shibas are NOT of leash dogs. If they get loose, they can run for days without reatunring to where they got loose.
9/23/2012 11:30:16 PM
Shibas are great, but CANNOT be trusted off leash! The minute ours gets loose, he's gone. We've been lucky in that he tends to just run around our neighborhood until he deigns to let one of us catch him. But, another shiba in our town got loose and was found miles away!
11/17/2012 7:36:41 PM
AnonymousI am looking into a Shiba Inu puppy but i have a two year old cat that thinks he is the king of... I am looking into a Shiba Inu puppy but i have a two year old cat that thinks he is the king of the house and me and my husband are working quite a bit. We had a year old german shepherd that we rescued and wasnt traind and i had a terrible time training he and had to end up giving her to a family that could afford obedience training. I have grown up with golden retrievers and labs and never had that problem, i was just wondering if a Shiba inu would need as much attention and the german shepherd or if they could be house dogs and be able to take training farly quickly. I just dont want to get one and get emotionaly attached and then have to give it away because its not fair to the dog to have to live the way we have to.
9/11/2012 4:17:13 AM
I have 2 shibas my self and they do need a lot of training, but once they get it they've got it for life.Some learn faster then others though. About the cat, I don't have a cat so I can't say what will happen.Some shibas are fine with cats
other s think "chewtoy!"
9/23/2012 11:28:05 PM
Anonymous1. life expectancy for a male Shiba.
2. I've notice the curl in his tail has gone. Is this an... 1. life expectancy for a male Shiba.
2. I've notice the curl in his tail has gone. Is this an indication of a health issue?
9/10/2012 12:19:33 PM
Should range from 12 to15 years. I would definitely have the condition of his tail checked by a veterinarian. You didn't say how old he was, neutered, or any recent unususual changes in his habits.
12/11/2012 8:29:31 PM
AnonymousHi, I am 20 years old and have been looking into getting a puppy Shiba Inu. I work full time but... Hi, I am 20 years old and have been looking into getting a puppy Shiba Inu. I work full time but am not currently enrolled in school. I have been reading a lot of things that seem to prove this dog may be a handful and may not adjust well to my living style, but I know that what really plays a key factor is how the dog is raised. Exp. PittbulLs are seen as agressive dogs but in truth with a loving family they are nothing but sweet hearted "lap" dogs. I was wondering that if I got the puppy at a young age would it adjust to my life style and accept me as the leader???
8/11/2012 3:02:01 PM
If you get the shiba at a young age and introduce to your lifestyle it will adapt. I have had my shiba for over 4 years now, I work a 40 hour work week and have had no problems with my dog staying at home alone. We did end up adopting a kitten which he raised and they have been great together. In the evening and on weekends we take long walks together, which he just loves and looks forward to. I just say walk and gets all excited. But you will need to socialize the puppy that will make a great difference on how the shiba handles life. I hope this helps
8/15/2012 12:58:30 PM
socialization is very key so be sure to introduce your shiba to others Very early and consistantly. Mine loved to "bolt" the minute the door was open. she didn't go far but she LOVED the game of hide-n-seek. she could do it for hours. I rescued her and she was so protective that she would not let ANY ONE near me. Good luck finding the puppy that matches your family and lifestyle.
9/24/2012 4:05:00 PM
Anonymousdoes swimming affect the shiba inus coat in a damaging way? we take our corgi swimming all the... does swimming affect the shiba inus coat in a damaging way? we take our corgi swimming all the time and have started to bring our 5 month old shiba inu. I've read not to bathe often, but is swimming okay with no shampoo?
8/8/2012 2:43:08 PM
I would say no. We adopted a shiba from a different owner and they said they had a pool in the back that she would swim in. When we brought her home, her outer coat was damage and she was extremely soft. By her swimming, she lost her protection of the outer coat. Really, in general they shouldn't get soaked, but occasional wet weather is alright.
1/7/2013 12:00:12 PM
AnonymousI want a new dog, but I have not had a lot of experience with dogs. Would the Shiba Inu be good... I want a new dog, but I have not had a lot of experience with dogs. Would the Shiba Inu be good for me?
7/18/2012 10:40:01 AM
We picked a Shiba for a new puppy when our Min Pin passed away because we like an independent, smart and willful dog. If you are ready to put the time in with a puppy / dog the Shiba is a great choice. If you want an easier breed this would not be your choice. IMHO I have spent a great deal of time socializing him and training him so he is developing into a wonderful dog, but again it is a lot of work and you must start the training immediately.
8/2/2012 11:23:27 AM
YES! Try to get a puppy, and take "Puppy Obedience Class" verh early. We got our wonderful Shiba at 8 weeks, and started group puppy training at 10 weeks. These dogs are very, very smart, athletic, and fearless. Although they are strongly attached to their owners, they are not lap dogs. They want to take walks, play, ride along. They are very independent, which is good if you're working, but you need to assert yourself early. They potty train easily, learn commands quickly, and develop a huge vocabulary if you spend time with them. If you want a fluffy, cuddly, not too bright dog, don't get a Shiba. If you want a smart, sweet, strong, loyal, unique looking dog who gets attention wherever you go, who wants to be part of the family but sometimes needs space, get a Shiba! We LOVE our Shiba girl.
8/26/2012 12:09:51 AM
AnonymousDo Shiba Inus do good with kids?
7/8/2012 11:04:09 AM
I have 2 little girls and added a male shiba inu puppy to the mix! I was told by a breeder that males are more tolerable with young children. I have to say he is pretty amazing with my children and its great to watch them all play. However my kids do respect him and treat him fairly and not like a toy! He does not like to be mistreated in any way and will groul or yelp if he feels treatend! He has great tolerance with them, and has never hurt my girls. Our shiba inu has become a member of our family and loves everyones attention. Its all about trust, patience, and respect. These dogs are super intelligent, they will take their time feeling people out before they trust you! Once you earn their love the bond that he forms with your family is unbreakable. Our shiba is always at our kids every step and is a great little watchdog, play partner, and campanion to our children. I would not trade him for anything.
7/14/2012 10:29:22 PM
My daughter has a 6 month old son that often find with his fingers in her shiba's mouth. She is so tolerant with him pulling on her coat and chewing on her tail. I would trust her shiba with my grandson any day. And he seems to really enjoy her.
11/9/2012 8:06:22 PM
AnonymousI have never owned a dog but I want one, I am active and will be able to spend alot of time with... I have never owned a dog but I want one, I am active and will be able to spend alot of time with it. Should lack of experience send me looking for a new breed?
7/3/2012 2:29:16 AM
Get a shiba puppy, put in obedience class very early (10 wks.), spend a lot of time giving positive feedback, and you will have the most wonderful dog. They are SUPER smart, potty train fast, can amuse themselves, but want attention from their owners, love walks, love people but not necessarily other dogs. They adore being part of the family, but sometimes need independence. Super loyal, fearless, athletic, sweet, not picky eater. We LOVE our shiba. Just invest in training class and give lots of attention early. So worth it!
8/26/2012 1:00:16 AM
AnonymousCould you train Shiba Inus to be good hunting dogs?
5/22/2012 6:30:14 PM
yes, you could. shibas were originally bred to hunt small wild game and track, so i don't see why not.
5/23/2012 2:33:25 PM
Shiba Inus are natural hunting dogs, so the answer is yes.
5/23/2012 2:36:11 PM
Depends on the dog, but shiba today is much different from the shiba that was used to hunt.
Pretty much all shiba aren't good for hunting due to lack of breeding for it.
They do have high prey drive.
Shiba are best for flushing rabbits and pheasants my guess.
12/1/2012 1:40:08 AM
AnonymousWould a shiba inu be a breed that barks if left a lone while i am at school? When i get back... Would a shiba inu be a breed that barks if left a lone while i am at school? When i get back from school and in the morning however i will be able to play and walk with the dog.
4/19/2012 2:18:08 AM
A Shiba Inu would probably just bark when it sees someone coming, whether you are at school or not unless it's taught otherwise.
4/27/2012 9:33:51 PM
Shibas are known for the Shiba scream. You must start isolation training immediately to prevent this disobedient act. They cry for you to come back and pay attention to them, just like a human baby, if you respond they know how to get you in the room and continue to cry if you leave them alone. My pup is almost 19 weeks, I started his training immediately. For the first few days hewould cry for about an hour, and then he would stop. About a week into his training he cries for about 30 sec's and stops. I created a schedule for him, I used it for a few days, and now I go by his actions. Like wandering by the front door. Remember puppies have smaller bladders.
7/15/2012 10:35:21 PM
Here is his schedule for an example that you can go by or create your own.
7am potty time
9:00am potty time
12:05pm crate time 15-20 min
12:20pm- 12:25pm potty time
1:00pm isolationism to 1 to 2 hours....
Anywhere in-between these times is free time (inside or out)
6:00pm Dinner time
6:05pm crate time 15-20 min
6:20pm-6:25pm potty time
8:00pm potty time
No water in-between
11:30-11:45pm potty time
Tongue wet in-between
7/15/2012 10:38:06 PM
My Shiba is 16 weeks and he barks very infrequently or hardly ever. He makes other noises when playing with our cats. He cries for very short period of time when put in a pen or crate. I started training him at 6 weeks.
8/2/2012 11:25:31 AM
AnonymousI have a small shiba inu about 3 months old. How to feed her because she has eaten very little.... I have a small shiba inu about 3 months old. How to feed her because she has eaten very little. What kind of food for her?
4/2/2012 10:26:12 AM
I feed my dog a mix of wellness and royal canin. My shiba did not eat very much at that age. I kept food out for here around the clock so she could eat when she wanted. She is 10 months old now and I still free feed. These dogs only eat when they are hungry.
4/11/2012 8:17:26 PM
I would try giving her a high end brand and see if she eats that better, Shiba's are known for developing allergies to corn, wheat and other products in food so trying something without those such as Natural Balance is a good thing to do. If she's still not eating try to mix in a little wet canned food in with her diet, or add a supplement such as showstopper. Other than that the easiest fix is to stop free feeding, if the dog is able to eat whenever she wants she may not eat much at all. I feed my shibas twice a day, morning and evening, that way they eat the whole amount at the time and I know they've eaten it. if they don't eat it, throw it away and they will certainly eat tomorrow. Keep an eye on them to see if they get lethargic, diarrhea or constipated after eating and possibly see a vet if you suspect allergies.
6/4/2012 4:06:41 AM
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