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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Looking for a great dog but want something a little different? The small country of Japan has some special dog breeds that most of us like. Here are the five Japanese dog breeds I like best.

  1. Japanese Chin
  2. Shiba Inu
  3. Kai Ken
  4. Akita
  5. Tosa

The Chin is one of the best Japanese dog breeds.

1. Japanese Chin

Several “experts” claim that the Japanese Chin is not really Japanese since it came from China. That is like claiming that the Irish Wolfhound is not Irish and the French Bulldog is not French. Maybe the Lhasa Apso is really Tibetan, but the rest of us (dogs and humans alike) are cross-bred and the product of migrations.

They are small, sometimes as small as a Chihuahua but usually the size of a Maltese, about 4 or 5 kilos (8 or 9 pounds); their small size makes them ideal dogs for an apartment. They do not bark much, are quiet and unlikely to run roughshod through a house, and if well-socialized are good with new people.

If you like their little smushed-in faces, you need to accept a few health issues. They don’t put up with excessive heat because of their anatomy, some of them have heart murmurs, luxating patellas (trick knees), and their large eyes are prone to scratches. They live about 10 years.

Japanese Chin do not require excessive grooming. They have a thin coat, and, if you brush them every week, they are a clean and easy-to-care-for small Japanese breed.

Shiba Inu are small but appreciate getting out.

2. Shiba Inu

These dogs are not tiny like the Chin but they are the smallest of the spitz-type Japanese dogs; the Shiba Inu usually weighs less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds) and has become a popular pet for those living in those small Japanese apartments. Besides their size, they are popular apartment dogs because they do not bark much, are affectionate, and are very clean (which makes them easy to housetrain).

They are known to be aggressive to other dogs at times and have a high prey drive. Despite that prey drive, they get along with cats. For a Shiba Inu to get along with other dogs and kids, she should be well-socialized.

Some of them have allergies, eye problems, and joint diseases like hip dysplasia or a luxating patella, but most of them are healthy and live 12-15 years.

If you are willing to put up with their heavy yearly shedding and want a dog that doesn’t bark much but does vocalize (the "shiba scream"), this small Japanese dog is a great choice.

3. Kai Ken

This rare medium sized Japanese breed is a little bigger than a Shiba, and at about 20 kilos (45 pounds) he is a lot smaller than an Akita. The dog looks a little like a Shiba Inu, was used for hunting like an Akita, but has been kept as a companion since about the 1930s.

Like a Siberian Husky, they have a wild streak and are good at escaping. Also like the Siberian, the Kai Ken has a thick undercoat so are heavy shedders during the time when they blow their coat.

There are no special health concerns with the breed but they do sometimes suffer from hip dysplasia, arthritis, and bloat. There are not enough dogs available to predict how often a problem might occur.

Kai Ken are hard to obtain and expensive, so a dog from a shelter is a lot better choice. If you are looking for a very Japanese breed that almost no one will recognize, though, the Kai Ken is a good choice.

4. Akita

This breed of dog was originally from the northern part of Honshu and was developed to hunt bears and boar. So of course he is big, independent, and strong. The American variety are often over 50 kilos (110 pounds) but those bred in Japan are a little smaller.

The Akita is another one of the Japanese dog breed which has been bred to foreign breeds, in this case to gain some size. They were involved in a cross-breeding program with Great Danes and Mastiffs (to develop a large fighting dog) and later were crossed with German Shepherd Dogs to prevent the government killing them off during World War II, when almost all non-military dogs were slaughtered.

Despite that, the Akita that we see now is all Japanese.

He can be territorial and aggressive with other dogs but the Akita usually protects his family. Hachiko, the dog who returned to the train station every day to wait for his deceased master, is a symbol of this breed´s loyalty. Hachiko only stopped visiting the station when he died.

If you want a large and handsome dog, loyal and a great companion, the Akita is a great choice.

A Tosa Inu running on the beach.

5. Tosa

The largest Japanese dog is accused of being non-Japanese, just like the smallest, the Chin. When Japanese in the Tosa region wanted to develop a sumo-type wrestling dog they bred their local breed with Mastiffs, Great Danes, Bull Terriers, and St. Bernards. Despite the crossing, the Japanese Tosa is still Japanese.

The breeding program worked so well that the Japanese Tosa is now considered a dangerous dog in some countries and is banned in others. They have to be well-socialized, like many big dogs, and obedience training is important since they are so big. Tosa weighs up to 100 kilos (220 pounds) but 35–60 kilos (75–130 pounds) is a lot more common. They make good guard dogs because of their size.

The Japanese Tosa has a few giant dog health problems, like hip dysplasia and bloat, but most dogs still manage to live about 10 years.

If they are not banned in your area, and you have experience handling large dogs and do not rent a house where they might be banned, they can be a good companion when given plenty of exercise.

Some of the Japanese dog breeds have serious issues (like the rarity of the Kai Ken or the size of the Tosa Inu) so they are not the best choice for most dog owners. If there is a quality you find very attractive, be sure to do more research and find out if the dog is right for you. Visit a dog show to meet dogs from that breed, and visit several breeders to see how the puppies and adults behave.

Check with Petfinder and pet rescues before you make a final choice.

© 2013 Dr Mark

Nettlemere from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on March 10, 2013:

Interesting to meet a breed I'd never heard of - the Kai Ken. Informative hub as always DrMark.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 08, 2013:

That is such a great story. You never know who is going to click with who!

I really appreciate hearing that about your Chin.

Thanks for coming by and leaving that interesting comment.

toknowinfo on March 08, 2013:

This is a great article. I have a Japanese Chin and I love the breed. He is sweet and smart, protective, and very loyal. Japanese Chins tend to pick one family member and be most loyal to them. He picked my golden retriever and he loved her so. When we lost her, he grieved for a long time. When we got another golden puppy, he wanted nothing to do with her and still grieved. My golden puppy kept trying to play with our pug, who is too old, so I had to get my golden a puppy. We got a standard poodle and this dog, pulled my chin out of his depression. Now we have a lot of dogs, but they are all pretty happy. I have some pictures of them on my many hubs about dogs, if you want to see what they look like.

Thanks for a wonderful hub. Your information is well put together and very useful. I look forward to reading more.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on March 07, 2013:

Love that brave akita puppy video!


Top 10 Best Dog Breeds in the World 2021

A dog is considered one of the best and most popular pet animals in the world as it is much faithful by its nature. So for this reason, everyone prefers to keep this faithful pet animal at home with either of the many reasons. So if you are also from such people who are looking for the top 10 most popular Dog breeds in the world ever, this article will help you finding the best one.

Today, there are a number of breeds in the world, so today it is much confusing to select the best one among all the dog breeds on the planet. Still there are numerous well-liked dogs that are admitted as the best ones due to the particular qualities. Out of these kinds, Some are liked due to their best security characteristic while, on the other hand, some dogs are popular due to their assisting ability for the blinds.

Before buying a dog, you must remember that buying and growing a dog is not a joke, so everyone should remember the different points in his mind while going to buy one. The Size of a residential area and dogs are must to be viewed as before going to purchase a breed. This is only to make sure whether your kids will be safe and sound with this breed or not, since many dogs are much terrible to keep with children at your home. Furthermore, you must assure whether your chosen breed will help you for defending or not. Similarly, there are also many other characteristics making a breed more popular and best in the world. Below is the ranking list of top ten best dog breeds in the world ever as per 2020-2021 ranking.

List of Top 10 Best Dog Breeds in the World 2021

10. Pugs

This is one of the most adorable dog breeds in the world ever. It is small in size and cute looking. When it comes to cutest breeds, Pugs always come into the human mind. Pugs never forget their temper more easily. They don’t need much grooming and exercise since it is one of its major characteristics.

9. Poodle

Poodle is regarded another best dog breed in the world ever. It was thought the Breed only suitable for the richest people but no more. It is an understanding breed, so this type of dogs is not much complicated to be trained. Besides It is also a beautiful and loyal pet dogs breed in the world. Due to their little size they are comfortable to keep in the small-size apartments.

8. Shih Tzu

Winning the next spot on this ranking list is Shih Tzu . This kind of dogs is also known as Toy Dogs because of their tiny size and cute appearance. Such breeds are frequently proved as the best and loving companions for all the people either they are old or young.

7. Golden Retrievers

The Golden Retrievers are large that were bred as the gun dogs to retrieve the shot waterfowl like that the upland game birds and ducks during the hunting and shooting parties. This breed was founded in the Scotland. For being one of the most active and responsible dog breeds, they are liked all over the world. The major traits of this dog breed are the good understanding power, friendly nature, and more liked by the children.

6. Yorkshire Terrier

Having a small size, Yorkshire Terrier holds the sixth spot in the ranking list of world’s best dog breeds ever. It was founded in 19th century in Yorkshire, England. In those days, the Yorkshire Terrier was used for catching the rats in the clothing mills. They are very conscious of their loved ones, and its strong body is making it one of the best dog breeds in the world back in 2015.

5. Boxer

Having a the medium size body and short hair, the Boxer is ranked as the fifth best dog breed in the world ever founded by Germany. It is also rated as one of the best dog breeds in the United States. It is the much superb dog with the children and elders. Such kind of dogs is much protecting and loving for their masters. It is also known as Deutscher Boxer and German Boxer.

4. Dachshunds

Whenever you view this Dog Breed, do not consider it a cheap kind, since having a small size body and short legs, Dachshunds still stands among the most powerful, active and faithful dog breeds in the world. Dachshunds relates to the Hound Family. These are the best dogs for hunting mission. Moreover, these are also famous as the Guard Dogs. For owning a friendly nature, Dachshunds are much easy to train. Their small size makes it easy to keep them at the small scale residential area.

3. Beagles

It is the third best kind of dogs founded in both small and medium size homes. In its appearance, it looks the foxhound alike but its smaller legs are presenting it as a small size dog. It ears and long and much soft. These dogs were prepared to track the rabbit, hare and numerous other small games. Beagles are also known as the dogs with a sharp and amazing sense of smell, so these dog breeds are also kept for detecting the prohibited agricultural imports and exports. This dog breed is additionally known as English Beagle. Great Britain is its country of origin. It is observed in White in mixture with the black and brown/tan or tan/brown. Furthermore, it is also discovered in tricolor appearance. Its weight is mostly 10 to 11 KGs while its height normally ranges from 13-16 inches.

2. Labrador Retrievers

There are many kinds of Retrievers in the world, but the Labrador is one of the most popular retrievers kinds that is a type of gun dogs. Labrador Retrievers are much friendly by their Nature and smartest in their size that can be retained as a faithful pet animal. This dog breed is very good with children as this dog breed is much intelligent and energetic. Labrador Retriever is reflected as one of the sharpest, loyal and detective dog breeds in the world, so it is used by the police force to detect the criminals. It loves to play with the children and hate being left alone. This type of dogs can be grown up to a great size, but it requires more exercise and sufficient space to grow. It was introduced in Canada. The average weight of a Labrador Retriever is recorded 27-40 kg while its average height is 56-63 cm. Its expected life span varies from 12 to 13 years.

1. German Shepherd

German Shepherd claims to be the be the most popular dog breed in the world ever in 2021 rankings. In U.K and some other Countries, the German Shepherd is also known as Alsatian. GSD is the Nick Name of this most expensive dog breed. It was introduced during the 1890s by Germans. Diverse Characteristics such as the power, learning ability, intelligence, courage and sharpness are the main features making it the best dog breeds ever used for varying tasks such as personal security, police, army, acting and guide-dogs.


Summary of Japanese Dog Breeds

Despite the differences between these Japanese dog breeds, there is one common theme in all the Japanese Dogs their unwavering loyalty to their owner.

If you are looking for a devoted companion, who is watchful and alert, then Japanese breeds are firm contenders.

Most of these ancient and rare breeds are not for first time owners they thrive in homes who understand their needs and the importance of early socialization and training.

Experienced handlers looking for larger breeds may consider an Akita, Kai Ken or Tosa Inu just remember the bans and restrictions applicable to the Akita and Tosa.

Those looking for smaller, more agile guys may be tempted with the Shiba Inu. Then we have the smallest on the list the Spitz.

On the whole, Japanese dog breeds are watchful and wary of strangers, but in their family, they are wholeheartedly devoted and dignified.

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POPULAR AND CUTEST LAP DOG BREEDS FOR FAMILIES AND SENIORS

#1. Havanese

The national dog of Cuba, the Havanese is a devoted and fun-loving companion. These canines have managed to snag the hearts of many admirers with their expressive eyes, cuddly size, and long, silky hair. They were also given the nickname Velcro dog since they love to stick closely with their owners. This surprisingly energetic and trainable canine breed should be combed and brushed at least two times a week.

The Havanese has a height of 8 to 11 inches or 20 to 28 centimeters, with a weight of 7 to 13 pounds or 3 to 6 kilograms. Their life expectancy is around 14 to 15 years. The litter size is 1 to 9 puppies, with an average of 4 puppies. Common colors of Havanese include white, black, brown, gray, silver, and blue.

Havanese is social, responsive, loyal, intelligent, and cheerful. However, you might want to watch out for a minor health concern of this breed, which is patellar luxation. The good news is that the Havanese doesn’t have any major health concern.

#2. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu is also one of the best lap dogs that are also perfect for seniors. This Chinese pup often has a weight of less than 15 pounds with long and silky hair like what you can see in their cousin, the Tibet. Many owners of Shih Tzus describe this breed as very friendly although you can expect them to bark at strangers. They are also famous as watchdogs. If you already have shih tzu check our list of chinese dog names ideas.

Shih Tzus don’t shed that much, which means that they are also wonderful companions for people who have the tendency to suffer from allergies. They need a good walk every day and regular training. They are also usually happy around visitors and are much friendlier to kids.

Some owners find it easy to get used to the underbite and face of Shih Tzus. If you want to get one, you have to watch out for ear infections, eye problems, and trick knee. The breed can live around 13 years and is also among the longest living canine breeds of the world. check our list of best remote dog training collar.

#3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an energetic and elegant toy breed that loves to hang out with its owner, whether it means spending time on the couch or going for some outdoor adventures. They are also considered as wonderful therapy doggies thanks to their sweet and gentle natures. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel reaches a height of 12 to 13 inches or 30 or 33 centimeters. They weigh around 10 to 18 pounds or 5 to 8 kilos, with a life expectancy of 9 to 14 years.

This breed is known for its stunning silky coat with colors ranging from red and tan and black. Their litter size is around 2 to 6 puppies. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is social, gentle, courageous, cheerful, and affectionate.

Owners should be aware of some health concerns of these lap dogs, such as episodic falling, syringomyelia, hip dysplasia, dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, patellar luxation, and mitral valve disease.

#4. Lhasa Apso

The Lhasa Apso is one of the best lap dogs because they love to chill and spend time around the house. They are amazingly small, not weighing over 15 pounds but not too frail or too small like the Chihuahua or Italian Greyhound.

Lhasa Apsos will be more than happy to treat you as if you are a Tibetan monk. They are content to just lie on your feet or sit on your lap while keeping you company. But, don’t be fooled because they also make excellent watchdogs because they tend to bark a lot. Your Lhasa Apso can alert you when a visitor or stranger gets near the door.

If you are smitten by their looks and you want to add one to your family, an added bonus is the fact that this breed doesn’t shed that much. While it is true that there is no such thing as a completely hypoallergenic canine, the Lhasa Apso is fairly clean, making them a great option for owners who have allergies. Similar to other canine breeds, they require training. Failure to do it effectively and early might make them aggressive with grandchildren or visitors.

These puppies are often pretty healthy but they can suffer from eye or skin problems. Most of these great canines are free from problems within their average lifespan of 14 years. It makes them among the longest living puppy breeds.

#5. Pug

If you are searching for kindhearted lap dogs, which is synonymous with affection, the wrinkly-faced Pug is among your best options. These pooches have originated from China where royalty members of Shang Dynasty adored and appreciated them. Unlike the rest of the best lap dogs breeds, Pugs have short coat and require little care.

But, it is a must to remember that the breed is brachycephalic, which means that it is sensitive to heat. Whether you are snuggling at the couch or exercising at the park, see to it that you keep them cool.

Female Pugs have a height of 10 to 12 inches or 25 to 35 centimeters, with a weight of 13 to 18 pound or 6 to 8 kilos. The male ones grow to 12 to 14 inches or 30 to 36 centimeters weighing 13 to 20 pounds or 6 to 9 kilos.

Pugs have life expectancy of around 12 to 15 years, with a litter size of 3 puppies. They can have silver or black colors. This breed is alert, affectionate, friendly, cheerful, intelligent, gently, loyal, playful, sweet, and loving.

Some of their health concerns include proptosis, skeletal brow ridges, painful entropion, and scratched corneas.

#6. Yorkshire Terrier

This vocal and active tiny dog doesn’t shed that much but it still needs regular grooming just like the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu. They originated from England as their name suggests. Breeders in the country chose a dog that will lose its hair only when broken or brushed. The Yorkie is the perfect option for people prone to allergies.

Yorkies have been rated 27 th , a good spot for a small breed. They also do better in terms of obedience training as compared to most small breeds. They were originally bred for hunting rats. However, they mostly act as companions these days. The breed has some serious health problems.

So, if you want the way it looks and you’ve decided on these dogs, you have to look out for low level of blood sugar, trick knees in puppies, retained puppy teeth, eyelash issues that cause corneal damage and excessive tearing, and more issues like portosystemic shunt and tracheal collapse.

These dogs also prone to periodontal disease like small breeds and regular tooth brushing is never a bad idea. If your Yorkshire Terrier avoids serious health issues, it can live up to 17 years.

#7. Chihuahua

Chihuahua is considered as the small dog breed, which is also an ancient companion dog from the company of Mexico. It is also the best choice for somebody who can’t spend lots of time walking daily. Majority of Chihuahuas appreciate getting out and tearing up trails or visit dog parks, yet would still do good even not exercised regularly.

Many owners of Chihuahua would tell you that their dogs aren’t great with kids. Most of them don’t along with some dog breeds, so it must be a consideration when selecting new dogs. Chihuahuas are also good since they’re one of the longest dog breed living in the world.

If this dog is around your home often, you should be careful not to feed them too much for the reason that these dogs are prone to obesity. Aside from that, they can suffer from tracheal collapse, epilepsy, and bronchitis. Unluckily, most of them are prone to trick knees. Most Chihuahuas also have dental issues once their teeth aren’t brushed on a regular basis.

If you’re interested to find a Chihuahua to keep you company, make sure to check with the different local shelters and rescues. Several shelters would adopt out purebred Chihuahuas and some would have mixed dog breeds available.

#8. Bichon Frise

This small, fluffy dog breed is an affectionate and joyful dog, which makes it a great companion. Weighing an average of 7 to 12 pounds, this small dog breed is easy to handle for many people. Also, Bichons are simple to train and would require grooming periodically, yet it’s low-maintenance.

Most Bichon owners want to take their pets to professional groomers every month. Usually, moderate regular exercise is enough to keep Bichon happy and healthy.

#9. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

If you like a dog with small to medium body size that makes a good companion, Corgi could be for you. Weighing 24-30 pounds, this dog breed is small enough for many people to handle. These dogs are fairly easy to train and smart. They are adorable with their short legs.

By nature, Corgis are herding dogs. Therefore, it only means they will require routine exercise, but regular walks would be enough often. When compared to other dogs, Corgis have minimal grooming requirements that are very convenient.

#10. Dachshund

Another popular lap dog breed is Dachshund. It has a lot of nicknames. These include hotdog, sausage dog, wiener dog, and doxie. They related to breeds distinct looks. With their stubby and short legs and long rounded body, these dogs are easy to spot.

More often than not, Dachshunds are seen in miniature or standard size. If you are a small dog enthusiast, you will love a miniature Dachshunds. These dog breeds come in 3 types of coats, which include wire, long, and smooth. Dachshunds are also affectionate and sweet to their trusted family members, yet could be a little wary of the strangers. But, if you fall for this cute dog, you will never go back.

#11. Boston Terrier

It is a loyal, smart, cheerful, and even-tempered dog, which is a real pleasure to be around. It is also a true American dog and originates from crossbreeding English Terrier and English Bulldog. The result is a dog that is known Boston Terrier, which is named after the place where it was created. Bostons are also energetic and playful, but they like spending time on the lap of their owners as well. That is why they are some of the dogs that make a great companion.

#12. Poodle

Poodles are a famous breed of dog known for their tight curls and unique haircut that is often called pom poms. This breed has is renowned for its rich history. It’s a favorite dog of the aristocracy. Also, these dogs are widely known as total entertaining performers. It is maybe due to its dainty and fancy appearance that other people do not realize that Poodles are very intelligent.

One of the reasons these dogs are famous is that they have different sizes. You can choose from the standard size, miniature size, and toy size. The standard is medium to big-sized dogs, yet the standard and miniature are perfect for those who are looking for small dogs. In addition, smaller Poodles are renowned for their long lifespan. You can read also our list of top rated dog hair dryer.

#13. Pomeranian

The ancestors of this breed were the big, Spitz-kind working dogs that originated from the Arctic regions. Thanks to the 2 members of the British Royal Family, the breed of Pomeranian became known. Queen Charlotte brought her 2 Poms from England in the year 1767. These were immortalized in several painting of Sir Thomas Gainsborough. As seen in paintings, such dogs were bigger than what you can see today and weigh as much as 30-50 pounds.

Queen Victoria, the granddaughter of Queen Charlotte, became enamored with Pomeranian. In fact, she owns smaller Pomeranian and during the time she exhibited her dog, a lot of breeders were interested to produce smaller Pomeranians. During the lifetimes of Queen Victoria, the Pomeranian’s size was reduced by fifty percent and later became a popular lap dog. Many royalties also owned Pomeranian dogs in the past. Make sure you check our list of Professional grooming scissors & shears.

#14. Japanese Chin

Described as comical and elegant, Japanese chin dogs aren’t well-known in the US. These dogs are actually part of Japanese royalties, yet in Japan, it has been considered as Japanese terrier. This dog has distinct Oriental expression and amazing luxuriant coat.

The head of this dog is big for its size and the eyes of Japanese chin are set far apart. That is why it has a characteristic appearance. White and black are the most common colors. It’s a dog whose function is to be a companion. As a good lap dog, it can keep your low extremities warm. check our list of japanese dog names that you can name to your japanese chin.

#15. Maltese

Maltese is a good breed dog for seniors for some reasons. Usually, it is contented to sit around and keep you company when it does not want to walk. If the new owners of this breed haven’t owned a dog before, it will forgive lots of mistakes. Maltese doesn’t shed much, yet loves barking. Majority of these dogs like cats and they’re more likely to get along with your grandchildren once they come to visit. However, like all dogs, it should be supervised.

Maltese is easy to handle. It basically weighs less than ten pounds and frequently less than eight pounds. This makes home physical exam very simple to do and makes it easier to manage during training. Almost all Maltese owners would disagree on intelligence rating and would be happy with the performance of these dogs in an obedience class.

If you love the look of Maltese and like to add it to your household, you should take note some health problems. They can be sunburned on a long walk. These dogs can also be prone to dental disease, chills, and tear staining.


The Shiba Inu—Smallest Native Japanese Dog Breed

Most people, especially those in the pet or pet insurance industry, know of the Japanese dog breed the Akita, which is one of several breeds native to Japan. The Shiba Inu is less well known. The Shiba is the smallest of the Japanese breeds, the males standing just 14 to 16 inches and females, 13 to 15 inches.

When thinking of acquiring any breed of dog, it’s wise to do your research, especially concerning pet health issues particular to the breed. It’s also a good time to research and compare pet insurance if you are concerned about vet costs.

Breed Description
The Shiba Inu is described as a small, compact dog with head proportionate to his body. He has a rounded, shorter muzzle, deep-set eyes and erect ears. The tail is thick at the base and curled up over the back. The Shiba’s coat is very dense and comes in red, red with a black overlay, black with tan markings and all have a cream/buff or gray undercoat.

Although they are very solid dogs, their weights are relatively low—18 to 25 lbs. for males and 15 to 20 lbs. for females.

Disposition and Personality
Shibas are described as very alert, intelligent, and loving. Most owners say they are fairly easy to train. One particular trait stands out—the Shiba likes to be clean and is fastidious about it. They are quiet and become close to their handlers.

Healthy, grounded Shibas are good with children and other pets. Although they are often bold, they can be very shy around strangers. It is very important that the owner take the pack-leader position because the Shiba can be stubborn.

Pet Health Issues
The Shiba Inu is prone to hip dysplasia and slipped kneecap (patellar luxation). When talking to breeders, be sure to ask about the health of both parents and even grandparents if possible. And while most dog health insurance companies won’t cover congenital issues, be sure to invest in the best pet insurance for your pet.


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