Yumi the Shiba Inu Visited Our Woodland Clinic

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Here at our Woodland clinic, we have a perfect example of a classic looking Shiba-Inu named Yumi. That unmistakeable fox-like face is found on only this one breed. The Shiba Inu is an ancient Asian Spitz-type dating to the 3’rd century but the blood lines which lead to today’s dogs come from only 3 areas of Japan. ‘Inu’ means ‘dog’ in Japanese and the Shiba is the smaller of the Japanese Spitz hunting dogs and exhibits a cold-adapted heavy double coat, short ears, and small eys. The Shiba-Inu is typically alert, agile and loyal to its family but often reserved around strangers and potentially hostile to other dogs. There can be a variety of colors from red to cream to black/tan and there is always a display of white on the sides of the muzzle, under the jaw, on the breast and belly. White is therefore not permitted in most kennels because it masks the required white accents. These healthy and long-lived dogs are independent and still exhibit a strong prey drive. To work well with other pets and children the Shiba should be well socialized from an early age. – Geoffrey Antipa

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