Shiba Inu History
The Shiba Inu is a Japanese dog breed that has been around for centuries. It is Japan’s ancient ancestral dog and one of the smallest national breeds. It was traditionally used to hunt small game such as birds and rabbits. In the early 20th century, the breed nearly became extinct due to a combination of food shortages during World War II and distemper outbreaks in subsequent years. However, it was revived thanks to breeding programs by people dedicated to preserving the breed. The American Kennel Club recognized the Shiba Inu in 1992 after which they gained popularity in North America as well as other countries outside of their native Japan. Shibas are an independent and active breed, renowned for intelligence but also stubbornness making them suitable companions for experienced dog owners only who can provide consistent training and positive reinforcement techniques.
Shiba Inu Characteristics