Shiba Inu Question

I was told that shiba inu doesn't bark and that they are so smart you can teach them to say...

I was told that shiba inu doesn't bark and that they are so smart you can teach them to say words - is this true?

    In Shiba Inu - Asked by Anonymous - 11/14/2011 1:20:03 PM
Who ever told you Shibas dont bark has never met a Shiba! My D-O-G barks at everything and everyone! Cars, birds, joggers, other dogs, generally anything that catches his attention! I can even tell who is here based on the tone of his bark. Low growling barks is for strangers, while high pitched is for family.
    Answered by Anonymous - 11/24/2011 12:32:41 AM

Shibas do bark, they just don't bark very much (at least mine doesn't). My shiba does, however, chatter incessantly. When he's excited he does a little whimper, when he's pissed he sounds like a cat, He squeaks when he yawns and has a million sounds in between that he uses to communicate, but I'm not expecting him to speak in human language anytime soon. Some shibas are able to mimic certain sounds and then make the same sounds on command, and some of those sounds can sound like words, but they're really just a deliberate yodel/howl. And shibas are INCREDIBLY smart, but they tend to use their intelligence to get what THEY want. If they can get it through obedience, then they'll be obedient. But if a shiba doesn't feel it's in their best interest to do something, they just won't do it. So if you're looking for a dog that is easy to train, I highly recommend that you consider another breed. And if you want an animal to speak english, I would suggest a parrot.
    Answered by Anonymous - 11/27/2011 5:49:22 AM

They do bark but only for a purpose. They also have a "shiba scream", sort of a high pitched howl. They are very smart and very very stubborn!!! Be ware, you will need a lot of training with them. They think their way is the highway & traditional dominance training won't work. You have to use the NILIF (nothing in life is free) training method with them. Look it up online if you haven't heard of it.
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/1/2011 2:12:30 PM

I have two Shiba females and the older one (3 yrs.) barks anytime she sees someone or somethingt outside of our windows but the pup (7 months) doesn't bark at much at all. They make a wide range of funny noises - sometimes I call my older one "Wookie" 'cas she sounds like she is right out of Star Wars!
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/12/2012 10:42:29 AM

Shiba's can be taught to speak some words in an odd mix of whine/scream/growl and bark. It will cost you a lot of money in good treats though to pull that off. If I ask mine, "Who's your daddy?" he says, "wolf" - with a very clear L in there too. If you are remodeling your house, and need demo done in a room, just lock your dog in there for 12 hours. Will be nothing left, walls gone, studs eaten, drywall everywhere. The nice thing about this dog is I can leave him unfenced - free to roam outside for up to 5 days before he starts to look for me. If another dog comes along, everything in a 1 mile radius will be dead except cats.
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/9/2012 12:30:53 PM