Author: Vanessa Richie
This is a breed that has become so accustomed to being a companion to humans that their activity levels can be adjusted to meet your own.
The Shiba Inu was made a Japanese national treasure during the 1930s, and for very good reasons. With a fox like appearance, this breed is also the most easily recognizable of the six dog breeds indigenous to Japan. These adorable little dogs are full of energy and intellect that will keep you both entertained and on your toes. Don't let their adorable appearance fool you though - they will certainly use it to their advantage if you let them. Notorious escape artists and unapologetic alpha canines, a Shiba Inu can quickly learn to dominate your home if you aren't ready to lay down the law from day one. This is a breed that has become so accustomed to being a companion to humans that their activity levels can be adjusted to meet your own. While it is important to always make sure your Shiba Inu gets adequate exercise, this is not terribly difficult to do because of their size. Weighing between 17 and 23 pounds, a few medium length walks every day or a couple of active sessions of playing is all they really need a day. However, if you are active, your Shiba Inu will be more than happy to join you when you hike, kayak, or explore new areas. They love to have new experiences, but they are just as contented to curl up next to you on the couch.Despite a couple of millennia as human companions, this is a breed that is surprisingly healthy. They have an average life expectancy of between 12 and 16 years, so bringing one of these little guys into your home is likely to give you a long-term companion that can entertain you, and may demand a bit of entertainment in return. It is hard to imagine that these sturdy, affectionate dogs were once on the brink of extinction. Over the last 60 years, they have become an extremely popular breed because of the combination of easy care, adorable appearance, and charming personality.