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1 year old Red Male 20 lbs. Neutered, UTD & Microchipped
Chicago area Placement Preferred
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Kinji is being fostered by Stephanie in Chicago, IL. For more information please email
Meet KinjiMarch 29th, 2010
Kinji is an incredibly affectionate and loving shiba boy, full of kisses and big goofy smiles. He likes people and other dogs and loves to play, and he reminds a lot of people of the dog in UP. He is estimated to be approximately 1 year old and has a lot of puppy energy in him. For unknown reasons, he was abandoned at a shelter in Illinois that lacked room to house him and planned to euthanize him. Happily SIRA pulled him out in time, and he’s enjoying his second lease on life to the fullest.
Kinji will do well with a home that can provide him with LOTS of attention. The poor little guy can’t get enough pets and playtime with other dogs, so it seems he was pretty starved for attention. It appears that he was left in a yard or lived on a farm, since he seeks out grass and did not know how to walk on a leash. He has quickly adapted to the concrete oasis that is city life, however, and is mastering the leash. He still loves walks in the park and woods, however, and at his first trip to a dog beach, he jumped right into the water and swam around.
He gets along well with men and women and greets people on the street, although he has howled at a couple of strangers. This may be caused by his unfamiliarity with his new surroundings, as he had only been in his foster home for a few days. He was quite trusting of his new foster parents and allowed them to bathe him and clip his nails within his first hour at his foster home, which is pretty incredible for a shiba.
Kinji gets along well with the other shibas he has met (and he’s met quite a few!) and with the dogs he met at the dog park. He has shown no inclination to go after the kitty in his foster home (not yet at least). He loves to play with a tennis ball and shred soft toys, and he’s a big fan of raiding the toy box and leaving piles of plushies under the table.
Kinji’s potty training is going exceptionally well. He only had one accident in his foster home and now looks forward to receiving treats after doing his business outside.
Shibas, including young shibas, are generally not recommended for families with small children because they do not tolerate being treated as toys and can bite when playing. Kinji, like most shibas, is mouthy when he plays. To get attention, he sometimes puts his mouth around an arm. He shows great restraint and is gentle, but for safety reasons, he should only be placed in a home that has no young children.
Kinji has been fixed, vetted, and microchipped. Per SIRA’s requirements, however, he will need to be seen by the adoptive family’s vet promptly after his adoption to ensure his continued good health.
As a young shiba, Kinji is and will continue to be a high energy dog. Because of this, along with the fact that he desires so much attention, he will need lots of play, toys, and interaction in a safe environment. If the adoptive family has a yard, he will always need to be carefully supervised while in the yard and can never be left outside by himself. Otherwise, he will always need to be on a harness and leash when outside, and when inside, he should never be left unattended by a door leading to the outside. Shibas are incredibly skilled escape artists with strong prey drives. Youthful curiosity only magnifies this tendency. In addition, the possibility that he escaped his prior home and was left at the shelter by a stranger cannot be overlooked, so he may have a prior history of escapes. To keep Kinji safe, he will always need to be carefully supervised.