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Why the shiba?
  • ljowen123ljowen123
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    Post edited by curlytails at 2012-05-29 02:48:08
  • SabimaruSabimaru
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    My own vanity and experience with herding dogs makes me look at Sabi sometimes in puzzlement and ask, "Why aren't you listening to me all the time and think that I'm the best thing since sliced bread?"

    ...and then he does something puzzling/stupid/hilarious that no other dog would ever do, I laugh, pat him on the head, and know I made the right choice.
  • maxwellsmaxwells
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  • SayaSaya
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    Why did you pick a shiba over every other dog out there?
    I loved Japanese dog breeds I've had two boxers, one lab/german shepherd mix, and one catahoula mix and fostered two pure catahoula dogs those dogs were fine, but I still loved the looks of the many Japanese breeds.

    I got a shiba inu because I loved their look, description, and I love that they are not people pleasers like labs or boxers.

    I find my personality matches the shiba inu breed or at least Saya's personality. Another thing Saya loves to comfort me if I'm sad she'll walk right up to me lick my hand and cuddle with me to make me feel better.

    What regrets do you have?
    None that I can think of she's been great only problems I've had with her was wood chewing during teething, but with worked she has stopped this.

    What wouldn't you trade because of the shiba?

    I wouldn't trade anything I love Saya's shiba personality.
  • well, well, well...where do i start? my son told me about the breed. he saw a guy walking one in manhattan and asked what it was. none of us ever heard of a shiba. i googled them and went to youtube and watched videos. then the research began.
    what do I like about them>? they aren't your average kiss ass dog. they are a challenge. so when you accomplish something with them, you've really accomplished something. I like their size and muscular body. they are compact, and sturdy. i love their cleanliness and aloffness. i also love their independence. Shibas don't cuddle much, but mojo does at the end of the day. we sit on the couch and watch tv and he sleeps on my lap as I pet him. He loves that.
    I don't think i'd ever get another shiba though...they are a handfull. I'm still young enough now to keep up with his energy, but 15-17 years from now I'll want a couch potato.
  • tjhawaiitjhawaii
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    I've loved the breed for years and years. Wanted a quiet-ish dog that's not toy-sized but not over 30lbs, one that's pretty fastidious. A good apartment dog. That's a shiba!

    People here are knocking the slavering, obedient dogs, but it would be nice if my dog remembered any of my commands or had any sort of recall. I went hiking with my friends and their dog in the woods last week. No leash, no worries. The black lab ran off but always stayed within earshot. It was amazing! Would love that with my dog.
  • MarlenaMarlena
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    Well my husband is Japanese (but we live in Australia), so he said that we should get the Japanese national dog, to remind him of home. I did some research on the breed and loved their looks immediately. I had never owned any dogs, since I come from a family that is (unfortunately) prejudiced against dogs, and all about the cats. So to tell you the truth, I haven't been stressed or overwhelmed by this dog's aloofness; it's just normal, cat-like behaviour to me! I have absolutely no regrets about getting a shiba; I love his crazy, independent personality!
    BTW, I was recently talking to a Japanese friend, and he said that there are two sides to the wonderful story of Hachiko, the loyal dog that waited at Shibuya station every day for his master to return. One side is, of course, that he loved and respected his master... The other side is that there was also a yakitori (grilled chicken) vendor at Shibuya station, and Hachiko would go there every day to eat chicken scraps!
  • Why a shiba?
    Well I have always loved the look of the Shiba since I saw one on a eukanuba dog show several years ago. By the time my husband finally said okay to a dog I knew that I wanted a Shiba, since we were living in an apartment. However I still had to convince my husband that he wanted a shiba, he liked Besenjis. We did alot of research between the 2 breeds, they have surprisingly similar personalities, however the biggest desicion maker was the looks. We had the wonderful opportunity to see a besenji and shiba pup at the Petland(I will never ever shop there) and the deal was set in stone. When my husband saw the shiba pup he said that's it, that's what we are getting. So the hunt for breeders began. Luckly we found Pam at Royal Kennels very early in our search and a few months later we broght home our Saru. We where out to see Saru and Pam every 2 weeks after he was born, just cuz we were crazy! Best day ever!
    What regrets do I have? None really. He has been the perfect dog for us and the perfect challenge.
    I wouldn't trade the world for my Shiba. Or anything for that matter! He is the best thing ever.
  • Kobe1468Kobe1468
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  • DebDeb
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    Why a Shiba? The first Shiba I ever met was in 1989 and I have loved and admired them ever since. After 25 plus years of having Akitas, I'm older now and wanted a smaller dog, but a real dog. I wanted a unique dog who isn't a slobber king and can entertain themselves at times, regal, imperial, interestingly smart and a portable size. No other breed fills that niche for me. They're so portable, I have three. Two were chosen specifically, the third picked me.

    Regrets? None at all.

    Trade? Nothing!
  • tatonkatatonka
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  • amtiamti
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    We were dogless for 13 years because we traveled to Japan every summer for up to 8 weeks to put the kids into Japanese schools, so we didn't feel it would be fair to a dog if we had one during that time. Once my parents moved back to the states, my kids started pushing me for a dog. I wasn't against them having a dog, but more or less wanted them to take some responsibility if they wanted to have some input on what type of dog we were getting. Having lived in Japan for 17 years as a kid/teen/adult, I was familiar with Shibas and even raised two mixes. When I moved to the states, I raised a Samoyed for 11 years and they have similar personalities so I seriously considered another sammy. My kids only knew of Shibas and how cute they were, but not all their quirks. My son really wanted a husky, malamute, or akita, but I told him they were too big for me and since he would eventually go to college, a smaller dog would be better, which is when we discussed the shiba. He researched them and decided they were a good looking dog, not too girly or small, and athletic enough for him to take hiking and running. He is also proud of being part Japanese and having a dog from Japan just sort of fit into his character.

    I regret having my dad watch Kaji when I had to go to CO with my mom since he didn't keep a close eye on him and he chewed up the corners on my coffee table. But then again, it is only furniture. I also regret the countless numbers of black clothing I have accumulated over the years. Having a Sammy, I knew better not to buy anything black, but once she was gone, I started buying a lot of my favorite color items. Now I will have to store them for years or wear them furry. I also wish Kaji was from a reputable breeder and not a byb who wasn't very experienced. We love Kaji but he just doesn't look like the shibas did in Japan. Our rescue boy doesn't look right either, although his body is quite perfect. lol... but we love them both.

    My biggest fear with my boys is that they might get hit by a car or lost since they have terrible recall and the woods in the back have coyotes. I have the side of a baby crib blocking my front porch in case the dogs get out of the door (which has saved me headache a few times!), but they have managed to escape when someone careless opens the garage door or leaves the front door open (with two teens, we have a lot of people coming and going). It is really hard to catch them and they tend to think of running/ignoring us as a game. The last two times they got out, I have been bringing out the leashes and asking them if they want to go for a walk. Usually one dog will come and get leashed. I praise like crazy and start walking. Last time it was Taisho that came and Kaji started to follow. He stayed very close to us the entire time and when we got back to the house, I tried to get him back into the house from the garage, which is how he got out. He didn't follow so I ignored him and closed the garage door. Then when I went to the front door, he was there, ready to come in, so we treated in the kitchen. This experience gave me some hope that maybe Kaji can be trained to be off leash with some training. :)

  • Sarah_Jay12Sarah_Jay12
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  • I wanted a smart dog with a more independent nature. Plus cute. I wanted a Siberian, but don't really have enough space for one. So Shiba won out and it was the right choice.
  • Why a Shiba? - -
    Compact size.
    VERY Cute ... looks and personality.
    Intelligence ... this is great when we both are on the same page, but not so good when I want him to do something that he doesn't want to do. It takes A LOT more time and patience to work with this part of the Shiba personality as opposed to many other breeds.
    Independence ... because I only want the one animal, I wanted him to be less stressed than a Lab would be when left alone in his crate for several hours. He seems to like his own company (given the right toys). We did work toward this by short stays in the crate and then built up to 4 hours.

    Regrets? - -
    I do wish the Shiba Breed had a more trustworthy recall, like a Shepherd. I have worked with Chewie, but can tell that I won't ever be able to fully trust him off lead (its that breed independence!). I have a large yard that is installed with an electric fence (worked great with previous Labs and Shepherds) - but I don't think that I will be able to train (and trust) my Shiba to it. He would only be outside when I am outside, but I fear a squirrel or rabbit running by may be too enticing to keep him contained without a "true" fence.

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