The Shiba Inu is the oldest and smallest dog breed from Japan
The Shiba is an ancient breed, having been around since 300 b.c. The breed is named after its history as a hunter in the rugged mountains of Japan; “Shiba” means “brushwood” (referring either to the brush in the mountains or to the dog’s reddish color) in Japanese, and “Inu” means “dog.” Today, Shibas are one of the most popular companion dogs in Japan, and they were declared a national treasure of the country.
Shibas have cat-like qualities
In many ways, the Shiba Inu is more like a cat than a dog. They are independent and can be difficult to train. They also spend a lot of time grooming themselves and tend to be extremely clean. Because of their fastidious and proud nature, Shiba puppies are easy to housebreak and in many cases will housebreak themselves.
Shiba Inus shed a lot
Shibas constantly shed and they blow their dense undercoat twice a year – once in the spring and once in the late fall. Be prepared to constantly brush them and vacuum the house.
They’re notorious escape artists
Most Shibas cannot be trusted off leash because they are natural hunters and love the chase. No matter how much training you give them, you can’t trust them to not run away if afforded an opportunity.
Shibas tend to be aloof and stubborn
Because of their independent nature, Shiba Inus are not the easiest dogs to train.Training and socialization should start at an early age (6 - 8 weeks). Socializing an Shiba puppy is the most important period of the dog's life and doing so will take time, patience, and perseverance. A Shiba Inu puppy is not for someone who can't spend an extraordinary amount of time during it's puppy hood for socialization and training.