Shiba Inu Question

My eleven year old labrador just passed and I can't even describe the heartache. I couldn't...


My eleven year old labrador just passed and I can't even describe the heartache. I couldn't possibly get another lab, but I can't picture my life without a dog either. I've fallen in love with the shiba and have researched them for months, but I am still left with one question/concern: How affectionate are shibas? My lab was a true velcro dog, loving constant affection, petting, and playing. He couldn't get enough cuddles and kisses. I know shibas are a much more independent breed, but would a male shiba still be capable of that same deep attachment and high level of affection that I've enjoyed from my lab?

    In Shiba Inu - Asked by Anonymous - 8/5/2011 2:21:51 PM
It depends on your Shiba. I have 3 daughters, and my Shiba is a male. He spends most of his time just relaxing on his own, but if we start to show him attenetion he wants more. Sometimes he will lift my elbow with his snout to let me know he wants to love. He does this with all my kids, my wife, and sometimes houseguests if he has taken a liking to them.
    Answered by Anonymous - 8/8/2011 7:46:38 AM


I have a male shiba, and he has always been a dog that enjoys his alone time, however he is a very loving dog as well. He is always cuddled up in my arms when its bed time and will lick me and my boyfriend to death if we let him. It really is the best of both worlds.
    Answered by Anonymous - 8/25/2011 12:00:24 PM


My Peanut (16 years old next month) has always been very affectionate and loves to be petted. He's blind now and spends most of his time sleeping, but he wants me to stroke him every time he wakes up.
    Answered by Anonymous - 9/26/2011 7:38:02 PM


I'M A STAY AT HOME YOUNG GRANDMOTHER,AND I HAVE HAD A SHIBA FOR 8 MONTHS,HE IS MY WORLD..HE HAS TO BE UP UNDER ME NO MATTER WHERE I GO,HE SLEEPS IN MY BED,AND HE KNOWS I'M THE BOSS...BUT THEN AGAIN I SPEND A LOT OF TIME WITH HIM..I CAN HEAR HIM HOWLING WHEN I LEAVE THE HOUSE..SHIBAS ARE GREAT DOG'S, I'M LOOKING FOR ANOTHER 1..
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/22/2011 1:14:49 AM


I'm the person that actually wrote this question and I just wanted to share that I now know exactly how affectionate they are! My shiba puppy is 5 months now and he goes everywhere with me! He's the most wonderful dog EVER! He cuddles with me on the couch, sleeps in my lap, and gives lots of kisses. Training is an uphill battle but he just graduated puppy kindergarten! I REALLY can't stress the need for socialization enough! Every time I look at him I smile! Getting my shiba was the smartest, most rewarding thing I've ever done!
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/24/2011 3:24:10 AM