Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Screaming Shiba Inu

The Screaming Shiba Inu


Up until recently we have seen a handful of Shiba Inus in Singapore, and it is safe to say that their popularity as pets have definitely increased rapidly. But are Shiba Inus suitable for every household? We are going take a look at one of the most vocal Dog breeds, aside from howling Siberian Huskies, we have, the screaming Shiba Inus

Shiba Inu Dog Breed



Where Does The Shiba Inu Come From?


From the name itself, you can tell that the Shiba Inu hails from none other than Japan, with “Inu” to mean “Dog” in Japanese. As for “Shiba”, there are a few speculations to how it came about, one of which is how it translates to mean “brushwood” in Japanese, referring to the colour of shrubs during Fall. The other closely relates to how the word “Shiba” meant “Small” in olden Nagano Dialect, yet another plausible thought as Shiba Inus are the smallest amongst Japanese Spitz type Dog breeds.

Shiba Inu Dog Breed


Just like many other Dog breeds, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting small preys like Rabbits, and Birds. The Shiba Inu breed was on the verge of extinction during the World War Two, due to famine and wide spread of the distemper disease amongst Dogs. Modern Shiba Inus we see today were from 3 other sources, the Shinshu Shiba, Mino Shiba, and San’in Shiba from 3 different Japanese prefectures.

Shiba Inu Dog Breed

The first standards for the Shiba Inu was set by the Nippo (Association For the Preservation of Japanese Dogs) in 1934. Through their efforts, they are also the large cause for the Shiba Inu to be regarded as a national monument of Japan in 1936. During 1954, the first Shiba Inu was brought to America, but the first litter was only conceived in 1979. The Shiba Inu was recognised as a breed by AKC in 1992.



What Does A Shiba Inu Look Like?


A Shiba Inu is most recognisable for its Fox-like appearance, with a compact and muscular body frame, commonly in shades of Red, Black and Tan, Sesame (red with black tipped hair), or Cream. Males grow to a height of 35 to 43 centimetres while Females are from 33 to 40 centimetres. The average weight of a Shiba Inu is 10 kilograms. They sport a short coat throughout with straight and stiff outer coat, and a soft, dense undercoat.

Shiba Inu Dog Breed


A Shiba Inu’s tail is curled forward over their backs in an evenly opened brush manner. Thick pointed triangular ears sit on top a Fox-like face. Distinctive coat markings are known as “Urajiro”, also known as “white underside” in Japanese, as the Shiba Inu possesses this on the sides of muzzles, inner ears, belly, cheeks, chest, and even near their vents.

Shiba Inu Dog Breed


Fun Fact : An all-white (Cream) Shiba Inu is not an acceptable shade for show, according to AKC, because a Japanese Shiba Inu standard includes having the distinctive “Urajiro” markings!



Personality


You are looking at a proud, independent, clean and possibly dramatic Dog breed. Shiba Inus are often described as Cat-like due to their independent nature. But certain factors are not meant to deter you from them, a Shiba Inu has its unique traits like all, one of which is their theatrical antics, fondly nicknamed “Shiba Scream”. They put on this "baby-ish"cry during moments of extreme joy (as a greeting when you’re home from work), and also if you happen to do something they don’t fancy, i.e. taking a bath



Behavioural Experts also mentioned that Shiba Inus may not get along well with other Dogs or small children. Good news is, these behaviours can be curbed through training at a young age! Shiba Inus are highly intelligent, and they are able to absorb knowledge through training even as puppies. It is crucial that you teach your Shiba Inu the appropriate behaviours and allow them to socialise a lot with other Pets, including young children. All in all, you can be sure that a Shiba Inu would remain loyal and affectionate to its human Family!



Grooming Needs


You’d be glad to know that a Shiba Inu does not only have a Cat-like personality, they are also fastidious with self-grooming like their feline friends! Their short coats are recommended to have no trimming and no shaving done, because their hair and fur hardly grows, and it acts as a natural protective layer from any weather condition.

Shiba Inu Dog Breed


The only concern you should be having is maintaining their coats during shedding seasons, brush regularly using a slicker brush to rid loose hairs, and if need be, draw up a warm bath and thorough blow dry to help speed-up the shedding process. Check that their ears are clean, and if they are dirty, swab out dirt with a recommended pet ear cleaner and cotton pad. Trim their nails when necessary, make sure they aren’t clacking on the ground!



Shiba Inu In Singapore


From the looks of it recently, the Shiba Inu has definitely gained a lot of popularity in sunny Singapore, but the only colour we have seen so far were the Red and Black, both with Urajiro markings, and since the Shiba Inu is highly adaptable for all weathers, they can fit into your lifestyle here with no trouble at all, just be sure to take them out for frequent walks, and shower them with attention before they start “screaming” at you!

Shiba Inu Dog Breed



A Shiba Inu that has absolute proper care can live an average of 12 to 15 years, but did you know, that the record for a Dog lived the longest of 26 years belongs to a Shiba Inu named Pusuke, from Japan? Pusuke’s owner gave an account of the experience to maintain Pusuke’s longevity, which included regular daily walks, and lots of exercise!