The Shiba Inu, also known as the Japanese Inu, is a small-to-moderate breed of hunting dog in Japan. Also known as the Chihuahua of Japan, its original name is Chico. A cute little breed, it’s the smallest of all the six original and distinctive Spitz breeds of Japanese dog. Shiba Inu also goes by other names like Chiromame, Chihotto, and Chitsuwa.
According to Japanese mythology, the origin of this name came about when a young couple was strolling in a meadow by the stream and they were attacked by a bear. They had to leave their home and go into hiding under a large oak tree, so the bear thought they were dead. As the days passed, a boy named Utsuri went looking for them, and eventually found them, but the bear got away with their food and they had to spend the next few days at a nearby inn where they were treated well. The innkeeper noticed that the Shiba Inu had white fur and thought it to be a white teddy bear. He called it Chihiro, which means white head, and began calling the Shiba Inu by this name.
Today, the Chihuahua of Japan is recognized by many names including the shiatsu (tea ceremony) Chihuahua, as well as the white bear (yank). Any breeder worth his salt will tell you the exact origin of the name, but most will just use the shortened version. Regardless of the name, the Shiba Inu does have a rich history. It has been bred in captivity for hundreds of years, and its temperament and colors make it one of the most popular miniature breeds in the world.
You can buy a Shiba Inu from a reputable breeder or a shelter. Many Shiba Inus is purebred, but you may also find mixed-breed Shiba Inus, or a mixed breed with both a purebred and a non-purebred parent. A good breeder or shelter will be able to provide information about the parents, and sometimes even provide pictures of the offspring. Even if you don’t care about the lineage, it’s a good idea to look for a rescue breeder-you’ll probably be able to get more for your money and be sure the puppy will conform to your lifestyle.
Rescue breeders often have a difficult time selling puppies because people do not know that they come from heritage breeds. This is another reason why you should look for Shiba Inu breeders-they want to bring in only Inukai Inu puppies and will give you references if you ask. They care about the dogs and the future of these dogs. Their goal is to ensure that the Inu’s breed is maintained in vigor.
Shiba Inu breed rescue also has many health problems, so you may be getting a puppy that is not as healthy as a purebred Shiba Inu would be. That is not intended to be a problem, since the breed rescues are usually willing to work with new owners to try and re-home the puppies to good health. Keep in mind that some health problems can’t be corrected or prevented with human remedies, and these problems may need to be tackled with a vet visit. But you should be happy to know that most Shiba Inus puppies will grow up to be healthy and happy dogs, with low incidence of serious medical conditions.
If you’re looking for a purebred Shiba Inu puppy, keep in mind that this is a rather expensive breed. Don’t settle on the first Shiba Inu puppy you see, or the one that looks the most promising. Good breeders like to show and sell their puppies to interested parties. You may want to try searching for Shiba Inu breeders online, or at your local dog show. This way, you can get to know the prospective Shiba Inu puppy or dog before making a purchase.
And of course, one of the easiest ways to be sure you’ll be getting a great bargain is to go with a reputable breeder. You can usually tell a reputable breeder by asking what sort of health testing the breeder uses for his breeding stock. The better breeders will perform an annual health exam for all of their breeding stock, even exotic dogs. A good breeder will also ask lots of questions, mostly about your own knowledge of Shiba Inu puppies. The more you know about this wonderful breed, the more comfortable you will feel about buying your puppy from him or her.