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Are Shiba Inus Good With Kids? What Parents Need To Know

The Shiba Inu species is looking at its owner in the park.

Are Shiba Inus Good With Kids? What Parents Need To Know

If you’re considering taking the plunge and getting a family dog, the Shiba Inus might be up there on your list. A good question to ask is, are Shiba Inus good with kids? This dog breed is a combination of six Japanese breeds including Akita, Kishu, Kai, Shikoku, Hokkaido, and Shiba. According to the American Kennel Club, Shiba Inus are very affectionate and loving towards their family. They are great with slightly older children. As with all dogs, be sure to supervise young children or children who’ve never been around dogs before. Some children may not know how to approach or kindly interact with a dog, this is important for future dog owners. Shiba Inus are black, tan, red and what’s considered a “red sesame” coloring. Keep on reading to learn more about this Japanese dog breed. Find out what’s required for deciding to get a Shiba Inu, a well-thought-out one!

Shiba Inu Personality And Physical Traits

Shiba Inus are loyal yet stubborn creatures. Bred to hunt for small birds, they are active, intelligent, and loving dogs. It should be noted that they are very independent dogs. So, in terms of training, it’s important to start early or to work with a trainer. Socialization from a young age is key. Because Shiba Inus are pack animals, they’ll treat your family like a part of theirs. But they do need the proper training and guidance. They can be wary of strangers and protective of their owners with other dogs but Shiba Inus are good with kids.

During World War II, the breed was severely impacted by an illness. Only three bloodlines of Shiba Inu survived. Thus, all modern Shiba Inus are descended from these three bloodlines post-World War II. Shiba Inus have a short, yet puffy coat that does require some grooming. They are active seasonal shedders. In terms of coloration, they appear in the colors mentioned above. The reddish, sesame coloring is popular among breeders (via A-Z Animals). They have pointed ears and a curli-queue tail. They are vocal dogs when they see squirrels or other small creatures in their yard.

Why The Age Of Your Child Is Important

Integrating a new pet with your family is something to be planned for. And in this situation, the age of your child can matter. Shiba Inus can express their protective nature by being territorial of their space. If you have a young child that may get in the dog’s space or try to poke, prod or tease them, the Shiba Inu is not the most patient breed you could choose. An older child can help with the training and boundaries a Shiba Inu needs. You want to be sure your child is ready to engage with a dog In your home. Make sure you're ready to provide a safe space for these active and discerning pups.

What If My Child Is Allergic?

Shiba Inus are not hypoallergenic and they do shed a lot. According to BeChewy.com, they are a double-coated dog breed. This means they have a soft underlayer and a coarser outer layer. While the coat itself isn’t very long, they do seasonally drop fur. If you brush them regularly, it will help with the shedding. If anyone in your family is allergic this may not be the dog for you. Alternatively, medications can be used to treat mild allergies. Allergies are something to keep in mind if you’re thinking of getting a Shiba Inu.

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Shiba Inus can be very connected to their family, be sure you have the space and time to show up for your new furry friend!

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How Big Do Shiba Inus Get?

According to BeChewy.com, the males grow to be about 23 pounds while females clock in a bit smaller at around 17 pounds. Diet and daily exercise will affect the weight of your Shiba Inu. They are classified as medium-sized dogs and do quite well in apartment-style living. This is not to say that they wouldn’t enjoy a yard if you do have the space. Overall they are adaptable dogs in terms of space and size.

Energy Levels of Shiba Inus

This breed is known for its relaxed nature. However, they are active pups and therefore will enjoy ​​the frequent outdoor activity of a daily workout. Dog Time advises that a fenced yard is best for this breed. This is because their independent nature can result in “escape-artist tendencies.” Try jogging, walking, or encouraging your children to play with your new Shiba Inu. Hopefully this new routine will get everyone more active and bond you even further to your furry friend.

How Much Does It Cost To Own A Shiba Inu? 

The cost of your Shiba Inu is very dependent on the breeder that you choose. On the higher end, Shiba Inus can run between $2,000 – $4,000. On the lower end, you might be lucky to find a Shiba Inu for between $1,400 and $2,000 (via MyFirstShiba.com). An adoption is always a good option, just maybe a harder task for a breed of this kind. Keep in mind the cost of feeding, vaccinating, and gearing up your new pup into your budget for buying a Shiba Inu as well. 

Happy puppy Shiba Inu walking in the autumn park. Dry leaves background.
Shiba Inus are a costly breed because they are purebred.

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What To Know About Shiba Inus

Shiba Inus are fiery and fun, family-friendly dogs. They are fierce protectors of their families and great dogs for older children to bond and play with. Shiba Inus require some grooming as well as training to workshop some of their more independent traits that can make them stubborn and aloof. This breed will be vocal when there are small creatures around but are mostly a relaxed breed that can be immensely affectionate with its pack once it is established. Shiba Inus are an investment in terms of funds but can be a loving family companion.

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