Is the Shiba Right For You?

I firmly believe that the Shiba is not the right dog for every person who wants one. There wouldn't be so many in rescue otherwise. The puppies can be holy terrors, and can remain so well into adulthood, however, most mature out of the puppy terrors around 1.5-2 years old, and seem to settle down a bit. Remember, Shibas can live longer than 14 years, and they can present challenges to owners that most people are not equipped to handle. You really have to have a sense of humor and patience to appreciate this breed. Please read the following information carefully before settling on a Shiba Inu as your next companion:

Is the Shiba Inu Right for Me, by Carolyn Sanford
AKC Standard
Exercise Needs
Common Health Problems

National Shiba Club of America