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The Shiba is the smallest Japanese dog and was developed to be a hunter in Japan’s dense undergrowth in the mountains. He’s a great watchdog with a compact body and is very muscular. He was bred to hunt bear, boar and small game. “Shiba” is Japanese for “brushwood,” after the colour of leaves or the terrain. Because of distemper and bombings during WWII, he nearly became extinct but various Japanese bloodlines were mixed to produce today’s Shiba.

His double coat can be sesame red, tan and black or red. He’s independent and loyal to his family but wary around strangers. He’s affectionate to people who earn his respect. He can live in almost any conditions but needs exercise regularly, on a leash or in a fenced area. He needs early obedience training and his coat must be brushed regularly. He’s 13.5 – 16.5 inches high.