Not for Everyone
Shiba Inu owners often say, "I love these dogs but they are not for everyone ." One couple put it
this way (when
describing their Shiba pup), "She's bad to the bone, and we love it!"
Why do people say things like this? Because Shiba Inu dogs have a wild
side to them. They can be real buggers, especially when they are young.
They are not a dog for the faint-hearted.
Shiba Inus are sometimes called "little wolves". They are
not as aggressive as wolves, but they are similar in some ways. What
follows is a list of behaviors that wolves exhibit when living in
captivity. Note that this isn't a description of what a typical Shiba
Inu is like. It's a worst case scenario. There is a great genetic
diversity in the Shiba Inu population and most of the dogs have good
temperaments. But it's worth noting problems that can occur.
- Disobedience. Shiba
Inus are cat-like in
their response to training. While they're perfectly capable of learning
commands, they can't be counted on to obey them. They often turn a deaf
ear to the "come" command. Thus, they are unreliable off leash. They
need a fenced yard.
- Aggressiveness to other dogs
. Some Shiba
Inus consider a wide area as their territory and try to scare off other
dogs (same-sex dogs). Females are more prone to act this way than males.
- Suspicion of Strangers
. When you go for a
walk, they may bark at strangers that approach you. They may shy away
- Possessiveness .
When they have a bone or a
shoe, they may bite if you try to take it away. Again, females are more
likely to be possessive aggressive than males.
- Shyness . Shiba Inus
sometimes get scared of
things that most other dogs take in stride. Umbrellas, people wearing
backpacks, overhead ceiling fans, or who-knows-what can scare some
- Need for Activity.
If not given activity and
mental stimulation, they get bored and dig holes in your yard or do
other bad things. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time, interacting
with the dog.
Socialization and training are very important with Shiba Inus.
the above problems arise, they can usually be corrected with proper
training. But it takes time and patience. Firm but gentle handling. Not
everyone can do this.
But if you are a dog lover and want
more , or
if you are not a dog lover but want to become one, this breed could be
for you. Shiba Inus have a way of making all the work worthwhile. They
are fascinating. Very real dogs. So real that they are unreal.
Good with Kids? After reading this
section, people ask,
"If Shiba Inus are little wolves,
can they be trusted with kids?" The
simple answer is "If they are raised with kids, they're good with
kids." Once bonded, Shiba Inus are more reliable than almost any other
breed. And very sociable to all family members. But dogs introduced to
kids only after they are adults may have difficulty adjusting to kids.
Good with Cats? The same rule applies
to cats. If Shiba
Inus are raised with cats, they're good with cats. They are actually
cat-like themselves. They go kooky when they smell catnip, for instance.
Shiba Reviews. Here are interesting
links for anyone
considering a Shiba Inu.
Review. Though she has never owned a Shiba Inu, dog writer
Welton seems to know "What's good about 'em? What's bad about 'em?"
you want a Shiba Inu . Bravewolf gives you her opinions and
a Shiba right
for my family? After clicking on this
link, look to the left-hand column. Look for the
a Shiba? ". Click and then select from the resulting
Purchase Agreement. This agreement is required
potential Shiba Inu buyer.
- I agree to a total life commitment--for better or worse,
death. No divorce allowed.
- I understand that I will not own the Shiba Inu. He or she
- Though the Shiba Inu may be different from any other dog I
ever known, I agree to respect and love him or her.
- I agree to have more fun and enjoyment than I ever had
You are at the bottom of "Not for Everyone". To go to another page
click below. The graphic of boy and dog shown above is adapted from an
illustration by Tatsuro
, a Japanese artist.
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of the Shiba Inu) (Hidden