Japanese Shiba Inu Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Japanese Shiba Inu (Shiba meaning ‘small’ and Inu meaning ‘dog’) is a relative newcomer to the UK and has quickly acquired considerable popularity. A medium sized dog at up to 15½” and not heavily built with the typical stand-off Spitz coat the Japanese Shiba Inu is a smart and handy sized dog. Like the Japanese Akita his colour is clear and bright; permissible colours are red, black, black and tan, brindle, and white with a red or grey tinge. He should suggest a scaled-down version of the Japanese Akita.
The Japanese Shiba Inu originates from the inland mountainous areas of Japan where they hunted small game though he is also adept at tracking larger game such as wild boar and deer. He is a very alert and active dog, not noisy like some of the Spitz breeds and very friendly – neither is he wary of strangers as most Spitz are. In fact he has the attractive aesthetic qualities of the Spitz breeds without the reserve or tendency to bark that is usual.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.