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The Shiba Inu is a Pacific Rim breed developed for hunting in the dense undergrowth of the Japanese mountains. The Japanese word “Shiba” translates to brushwood, after the dog’s hunting terrain. It also may translate to the color of the reddish brushwood in the fall. The Japanese word “Inu” means dog.
The Shiba Inu makes an excellent watchdog and companion. While it is quite reserved with strangers, it is affectionate and loyal to its owners. This independent breed has a strong prey drive and should therefore be leashed or fenced for daily exercise. Shiba Inus tend to be fastidious groomers and can often be found “bathing” themselves much like a cat. Their desire for cleanliness makes them easy to housetrain, though some owners do find them to be a bit more challenging in obedience training due to their independent spirit.
Although this reserved breed loves to help keep itself clean, Shiba Inus are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family’s vacation fund. Some of the conditions and illnesses Shiba Inus are prone to include joint issues such as hip dysplasia and medial patellar luxation; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease; eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts; and endocrine system problems such as hypothyroidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Shiba Inu inherits more than just his mom’s penchant for cleanliness or his dad’s quiet composure, you’re covered.