Shiba Inu

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This intelligent and sweet-natured Spitz has long been a favorite of the Japanese people. They make excellent guard dogs and are very quiet in mannerism around the home.PURPOSE OF BREED:This small Spitz breed is the cousin of the Akita. They were developed in the mountainous regions of Japan as a hunting dog for small birds. They were occasionally used to hunt bigger game such as boars, bear or deer.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE:5 puppies

Country of origin: 
Japan
Size: 
HEIGHT: MALE : 15in (38cm) - FEMALE : 13in( 34cm)WEIGHT: MALE : 30lbs (14kg) - FEMALE : 20lbs (9kg)
Grooming: 

The Shiba Inu has a double coat. The topcoat is fairly short, dense, plush and stands off. The undercoat is so dense one can barely find the skin. They require little brushing. A Shiba Inu is either red with a cream face, or red, black and tan.

Trivia: 
Most of the Shibas shown in the 1930s came from the Yamansashi or San In areas of Japan, and after reaching near extinction after WWII, those Shibas remaining were from three different bloodlines, San In, Mino, and Shin Shu.ÿÿ <a href="http://www.akc.org/">(Credit: AKC.org)</a>
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