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Breed: Shiba-Inu
Country of Origin: Japan
AKC Group: Non-sporting
Function: Flush birds
Life Span: 12-15 years
Appearance: Small
Color: red, or red with a little black overlay, or black with tan markings
Coat Type: Plush
Grooming: The Shiba has a clean, coarse, stiff, short-haired coat that is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush to remove the dead hair and bathe only when absolutely necessary as it removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.
Height: 13-16 inches
Weight: 18-30 pounds
Activity Level: Medium-high
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Yes
Good With Strangers: Yes
Character: Alert
Home Environment: Apartment ok
Best Owner: Lively
Potential Problems:  
Behavior:  
Physical: A small portion of Shibas have histories of hip dysplasia and PRA. Some lines are prone to patellar luxation (slipped kneecap).
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