The Name Shiba Inu which means Shiba Dogs has at least three kinds of theories of the origin of the name of this dog. Some say because this breed is smart through the bushes while accompany the hunters, some say because of the color reddish brown fur like a burning sun to resemble twig color the dry the bushes. Shiba which means red the bushes, others says "small" because in the ancient Japanese, shiba is mean "small". In addition, some say the original breed of the village of Shiba located in Shinshu's area.
The smallest Japanese native dog breeds, The shiba at first is used for hunting in the bush that was in Japan mountainous areas . Having sharp senses, watchful and agile, are shiba inu traits that lends itself to being a companion dog and watchdog. A spirited boldness, a good nature, and an unaffected forthrightness, which together yield dignity and natural beauty. The Shiba Inu dog has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. At times aggressive toward other dogs, the Shiba is always under the control of his handler.
Having a compact body with well-developed muscles. Shiba Inu height is approximately 14 inches -16 inches (36 cm - 41 cm) for male dogs, while for the female dogs ranged from 13 inches - 15 inches (33 cm - 38 cm). Shiba Inu weight for a male dog is 18 pounds - 25 pounds (8 kg -11 kg) And for female dogs is 15 pounds - 20 pounds (6.8 kg - 9 kg).
A Shiba Inu Dog has a short but thick as fur rugs, fur consists of two layers, a rough outer fur and under fur is thick and smooth. Under fur will fall periodically and replaced new fur 2-3 times a year. Reddish brown fur color although some are black, with inside lining fur are brown to gray.
Movement is nimble, light, and elastic. At the trot, the legs angle in towards a center line while the topline remains level and firm. forward reach and rear extension are moderate and efficient. In the show ring, the Shiba is gaited on a loose lead at a brisk trot.
The Shiba will do okay in an apartment if is sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. The Shiba's waterproof, all-weather coat protects it in both cold and hot conditions, so it can live outdoors if you have a secure yard of reasonable size. However, it does regard itself as part of the family and does not like to be left alone outside. The Shiba Inu would be much happier living indoors with its family.