The first Shiba Inu was brought to the US in the 1950s, but Shibas were not bred in the US until the 1970s. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1992.
About the Breed:
The Shiba has a stiff, straight outer coat with a soft, thick undercoat. Shedding is moderate on a regular basis, but this breed will "blow its coat" (shed excessively) twice a year. Basic routine grooming is all that this breed tends to need for maintenance. Weekly brushing will keep the coat healthy and decrease shedding, though brushing should be done more frequently during peak shedding seasons.
Shibas are very smart dogs, but are also known to be willful and stubborn. This makes training a challenge but also a necessity. In addition, early socialization is key. The Shiba has a strong prey drive, is often hesitant around strangers, and may not always get along with other dogs. Proper obedience training and socialization can help you keep your Shiba under control and allow its good-natured side to shine through. In addition, this breed has a relatively high energy level and should get plenty of exercise - at least a daily walk.
The Shiba Inu is a rather adaptable dog that can thrive in a variety of households. The breed can get along well with children and other pets if raised together. If you decide the Shiba is right for you, you are bound to have a loyal and steadfast companion for life.
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