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.
Answered by Anonymous - 2/23/2013 12:21:50 PM