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    Shiba Inu |Japan|

    Shiba Inu |Japan|

    The Shiba Inu is the smallest Japanese breed and the most popular companion dog in its homeland. In Japan, Shiba Inus are sometimes called Little Brushwood Dogs in reference to their skill at hunting small game through dense undergrowth that larger breeds were unable to penetrate. Shiba Inus nearly disappeared after World War II, but were successfully re-established. Today, they are chiefly companions and watch dogs. The Shiba Inu is highly intelligent and independent. These dogs need clear, consistent training and socialization from an early age. They have a lively, slightly aloof nature and prefer life on their own terms. They are an active breed and thrive on mental and physical stimulation.

    History

    The Shiba Inu is the oldest of all Japanese dogs. In 1928 an organization called the Nihon Ken Hozonkai was established to save Japanese dog breeds from extinction, and in 1936 the native Japanese breeds, including the Shiba Inu, were designated as National Treasures to preserve them. A military family brought the first Shiba Inu into the United States in 1954, and in 1979 the first litter of puppies was born there. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993.

    Shiba Inu puppies look like teddy bears and are exceptionally cute. They are also spirited and lively—when they are not sleeping!

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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