Inu is the Japanese word for dog, but the "Shiba" prefix's origin are less clear. The word shiba usually refers to a type of red shrub. 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 old Japanese, 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".
1. Shibas are loyal and affectionate but also can be independent and stubborn.
2. Shibas have a beautiful short double haired coat. They shed their undercoat twice a year.
3. Shibas are exceptionally easy to house train. They also are very clean with virtually no doggie odors.
4. Shibas love to run, are energetic on walks, but they can be a very calm housedog.
5. Shibas may or may not come when called off leash. Puppy school is essential for this training.
6. Puppy and obedience school is also important for socializing your Shiba.
7. Shibas are little guard dogs but not attack dogs, they will bark an alarm when someone comes to the house.
8. Shibas are generally quiet and not a yappy breed.
9. Shibas are very hearty and can be great outdoor / indoor dogs.
10. Shibas are great family pets.
The Shiba Inu is featured in the "Labrador and Friends" edition of the Nintendogs pet simulation video game, and can be found in all "...and Friends" editions released outside Japan. This edition of the game was originally released as "Nintendogs: Shiba and Friends" in Japan, the Shiba being the more recognisable breed in that country.
A Shiba Inu also appears in the video game Silent Hill 2 in one of the game's multiple endings. In this "joke" ending, it is revealed that a Shiba Inu was manipulating events from behind the scenes, much to the surprise and anguish of the game's protagonist.
Several Shiba Inus, including the cowardly Sasuke, are featured in the Japanese series Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin and its sequel Ginga Densetsu Weed.
Shibas recently have been featured in Belvedere (vodka) ads.
A Shiba Inu (Boomer) is given as a gift at the end of the Stargate SG-1 episode Singularity.
There is a Shiba Inu in several Kappa Mikey episodes, seen driving cars and taking video games.
Recent DNA analysis confirms that this is one of the oldest and most "primitive" dog breeds, dating back to the third century B.C.
Shiba Property Laws
1. If I like it, it?s mine.
2. If it?s in my mouth, it?s mine
3. If I can take it from you, it?s mine.
4. If I had it a little while ago, it?s mine.
5. If it?s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
6. If I?m chewing something up, all the pieces are mine.
7 If it just looks like mine, it?s mine.
8. If I saw it first, it?s mine.
9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
Life Lessons Learned from a Shiba:
1. If you stare at someone long enough, eventually you?ll get what you want.
2. Don?t go out without ID (loose Shibas will explore a large area).
3. Be aware of when to hold your tongue, and when to use it (Shibas do not bark without good reason).
4. Leave room in your schedule for a good nap.
5. When you do something wrong, always accept responsibility (as soon as you?re dragged out from under the bed)