The Shiba Inu originates in Japan and is one of the few ancient breeds still in existence today. The Shiba Inu was bred for hunting small game in the dense undergrowth in the mountain regions of Japan. During WWII the breed was threatened with extinction.
The appearance of the Shiba is compact, muscular, and alert. The double coat can be seen in red, black and tan, or sesame. Ear are triangular shaped and pricked forward. The tail is thick and carried over the back in a sickle or curl. Males stand about 14.5-16.5 inches at the shoulders and females 13.5-15.5 inches. Weight is proportionate to height, usually under 25 pounds.
Shibas by nature are independent and can be reserved towards strangers. They carry themselves with a royal dignity and can be somewhat demanding or possessive. Dog aggression, especially same sex pairs, is common. Early socialization and training is a necessity.
Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions. Find out what motivated them to breed Shibas.
For Shibas to earn their CHIC number, they must have hips, eyes and patellas checked for hereditary disease through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.
Find a breeder that cares about the future home of the dog. Reputable breeders are also great resources for advice.