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Shiba Inus are generally independent and intelligent dogs. Some owners struggle with obedience training,
but as with many dogs, socialization at a young age can greatly affect temperament. Traits such as
independence and intelligence are often associated with ancient dog breeds, such as the Shiba Inu.
Shibas should always be on a leash, unless in a secured area, because of their strong prey drive.

From the Japanese breed standard:

A spirited boldness, a good nature, and an unaffected forthrightness, which together yield dignity and
natural beauty. The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal
and affectionate to those who earn his respect. They can be aggressive toward other dogs.

The terms "spirited boldness" (悍威, kan'i?), "good nature" (良性, ryōsei?), and "artlessness" (素朴,
soboku?) have subtle interpretations that have been the subject of much commentary.

The Shiba is a fastidious breed and feels the need to maintain itself in a clean state. They can often be
seen licking their paws and legs much like a cat. They generally go out of their way to keep their coats
clean, yet thoroughly enjoy swimming and playing in puddles. Because of their fastidious and proud
nature, Shiba puppies are easy to housebreak and in many cases will housebreak themselves. Having
their owner simply place them outside after meal times and naps is generally enough to teach the Shiba
the appropriate method of toileting

A distinguishing characteristic of the breed is the so-called "shiba scream". When sufficiently provoked or
unhappy, the dog will produce a loud, high pitched scream. This can occur when attempting to handle the
dog in a way that it deems unacceptable. The animal may also emit a very similar sound during periods of
great joy, such as the return of the owner after an extended absence, or the arrival of a favored human
guest.
SHIBA INU
Written by a popular dog-book
author and long-time devoted Shiba
owner Andrew De Prisco, this
Comprehensive Owner's Guide
provides a concise overview of the
breed's history in Japan, England
and the US as well as insightful
chapters on the Shiba's
characteristics, requirements,
puppy selection and training.
RECOMMENDED READING
The go-to resource for keeping pups
healthy and happy...Takes the guesswork
out of caring for any kind of dog.

An indispensable medical reference for
every dog-owning household. Written by
a veterinarian with a gift for presenting
complex information in a lively, accessible
way, this book covers everything from
choosing the right puppy (or adopting the
perfect adult) to caring for the senior dog.

Thoroughly discusses more than 100
canine illnesses, and includes the most
up-to-date information on pet food safety,
"designer" dog breeds, homemade diets,
vaccine protocols, obesity and heart
disease, pet insurance, and more.
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