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Shiba Inu Dog Breed Information & Sales by JAK Kennel in Wisconsin


 

This page will go into detail, the Breed Standard, what you can expect from these breeds, training, care, etc. Scroll down to reach either the Shiba Inu or Alaskan Malamute Breed Info.

About Shiba Inu's

Pronunciation: SHEE-bah  EE-new

Country of Origin: Japan.  Inu is the Japanese word for dog, but the origin of the prefix "Shiba" is less clear. The word shiba means "brushwood" in Japanese, and refers to a type of tree or shrub whose leaves turn red in the fall. This leads some to believe that the Shiba was named with this in mind, either because the dogs were used to hunt in wild shrubs, or because the most common color of the Shiba Inu is a red color similar to that of the shrubs. However, in an old Nagano dialect, the word shiba also had the meaning of "small", thus this might be a reference to the dog's small size. Therefore, the Shiba Inu is sometimes translated as "Little Brushwood Dog".

Size: Height: Males are 14 1/2 - 16 1/2 inches at the shoulders, Females are 13 1/2 - 15 1/2 inches.  Weight: Males 18-25 lbs, females 15-20 lbs.  

Coat:  Double with a soft and thick undercoat and a straight outercoat. Most of the time the coat is fluffy and soft with the exception of when they "blow" their coat. Then the hair may be more course. Their coloring may be red, red and white, red sesame, black and tan, or cream. Bathe only when absolutely necessary, as it removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. Use a firm bristeled comb or brush to remove dead hair during their "blowing of the coat" times.

Temperament: They are normally reserved around children and strangers so early socialization is extremely important.  Shiba Inus are curious, cheerful, and watchful. They bond closely with their owners. They are clean dogs and will often lick their paws and legs like a cat. They are easily housebroken and bark infrequently. Playful and delightful, they do well with children, other dogs, and cats as long as they are exposed at a young age. They are active, lively, agile, and fast. Extremly intellegent. Because of their natural hunting instincts, they should not be left alone with small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, etc. These dogs, most of the time, will need a fenced yard or the use of a yard cable. Again, because of their natural hunting instincts, they like to chase.  And also because of their independent and stubborn personalities, they like to come to you only when they are good and ready... not because you've called them. A distinguishing characteristic of the breed is what's known as the "shiba scream". When sufficiently provoked or unhappy, the dog will produce a loud, high pitched scream. This can occur when attempting to handle the dog in a way that it deems unacceptable, or when you're trying to make it do something is doesn't want to do. Be prepared for not-so-nice looks from the neighbors, as they will think you are mistreating your new puppy.

Training: It is best to make training seem like playtime, because this dog is very independent and thinks for itself. Training and decisions must be consistant.  A Shiba will push your buttons to see how far he can go.  For example, if you want him to sleep in a crate at night, its crucial for you to not let him out no matter if he's whining, howling, crying, whimpering, screaming... whatever he does, do not let him out. Once they know that they can manipulate you, they will do it all the time. Yes, they are that smart. 

Activity: The Shiba Inu is an undemanding dog that will adapt to your circumstances, so long as it gets a daily walk. It is a very active dog and will be healthier and happier with regular exercise. This breed can walk for hours on end as it has tremendous endurance.  

Living Conditions: The Shiba will adapt well to almost any lifestyle - active or not, apartment or country living. They will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors and would do best with at least an average-sized yard. The Shiba's waterproof, all-weather coat protects it in both cold and hot conditions, so it can live outdoors if you have a secure yard of reasonable size. However, it does regard itself as part of the family and does not like to be left alone outside. This breed would be much happier living indoors with its family.

 
About Malamutes

Country of Origin: The Alaskan Malamute hails from the Arctic region, where it depended on its thick coat to survive the extreme cold. It was first recorded living among the Mahlemuts in Alaska (Malamute means “village of the Mahle”). The Alaskan Malamutes were bred for size and power to assist in hauling the bodies of seals and polar bears back to the village. They performed an essential function and became valued workers and companions. The Alaskan Malamute was endangered by interbreeding during the Alaskan gold rush of 1896, but was rescued by a breeder and Alaskan Malamute enthusiast in New England in the 1920’s, and thereafter increased in popularity. Alaskan Malamutes achieved fame by assisting in Admiral Byrd’s trek to the South Pole in 1933 and served as pack dogs and search-and-rescue dogs in World War II. They are the prototypical strong, unrelenting sled dog.

Size: Alaskan Malamutes have a shoulder height of 58-63.5 cm (23-25 in) and weighs 34-38.5 kg (75-85 lbs). With broad heads and heavy bones, they are built for pulling weight. Alaskan Malamutes have large muzzles, brown, almond shaped eyes, and triangular, rounded ears. They have straight backs and large feet, with plumed tails which curl over the back. “Giant” Malamutes which weigh over 140 lbs are sometimes bred, but not as show dogs. Alaskan Malamutes are slightly longer than they are tall.

Coat: The Alaskan Malamute has a dense double coat. The outer coat is thick and coarse and the under coat is greasy and wooly. The coat is either pure white or a mixture of white with grey, sable, black, or red, with white legs and muzzle. Alaskan Malamutes grow their coat in winter and shed in spring.

Character: The Alaskan Malamute is friendly, affectionate, and loyal, but can have a mind of its own. They are energetic like puppies for many years, but mellow out in older age. Alaskan Malamutes bond very closely with their master. They don’t mind living outdoors as long as sufficient human companionship is available. Alaskan Malamutes are generally quiet, but may howl, and are fond of digging.

Temperament: Alaskan Malamutes generally get along well with children, especially older children. Their friendliness makes them somewhat unsuitable as watchdogs. The Alaskan Malamute should be watched around smaller breeds or other pets due to a strong prey instinct. They may be aggressive towards other Alaskan Malamutes of the same gender. Early socialization is important to help the Alaskan Malamute get along with other pets.

Care: The Alaskan Malamute does not require frequent grooming, but a good comb-out with a coarse comb is required when shedding. Alaskan Malamutes have litters of 4-10 and a life span of 10-12 years. They are susceptible to musculoskeletal and dermatological diseases. They are generally unsuited to hot climates, and should be given plenty of shade, water, and cooling when living in warm areas. Alaskan Malamutes will eat whatever they are fed, so avoid overfeeding to prevent obesity.

Training: Although they are friendly and well mannered, Alaskan Malamutes need a firm approach in their training to achieve obedience. Some Alaskan Malamutes may be difficult to housebreak.

Activity: The Alaskan Malamute needs a lot of exercise. At least one hour a day of hard exercise is advisable. Alaskan Malamutes absolutely love to pull a sled or wagon, but also enjoy running and roaming. Alaskan Malamutes can become depressed and aggressive if not allowed to exercise.