It's a universally known fact that Shiba Inus are one of the cutest, fluffiest, and funniest dog breeds out there. But have you ever wondered why Shiba Inus are so popular in Japan? And where they came from? Or maybe you just want to know more about the breed in general? Well, you’re in luck! It’s time to finally put those questions to rest, because we’re here to answer any and every question you may have about the Japanese dog breed once and for all. Keep reading on for a brief rundown of all things Shiba Inu, and for an exclusive deal on your very own Shiba Inu plush!
The Origins of the Shiba Inu
Because Shiba Inus are considered to be the oldest dog breed native to Japan, it’s no surprise that their history goes back thousands and thousands of years. In fact, Shibas can be traced back all the way to the Jomon period, which took place between 14,000-300 BCE. However, the physical traits and characteristics that we associate Shiba Inus with today are almost certainly an inaccurate depiction of what the original Shiba breed looked like. The modern Shiba was developed through careful breeding of Japanese strains, starting in the Meiji Restoration when western dogs were imported and cross breeding between native and foreign breeds became popular. The number of purebred Shiba Inus began to dwindle from 1912 to 1926, but it wasn’t until World War II that the breed would nearly become extinct, due to a nationwide food shortage and a post-war distemper outbreak. With only three surviving bloodlines left, the Japanese government did their best to preserve the Shiba Inu by commissioning breeding programs around the country, and thus, the attributes we associate the Shiba Inu with today were created.
Shiba Inus and Their Qualities
Japanese Shiba Inus were originally bred to hunt and flush small game such as birds and rabbits, but are now classified as a non-sporting dog. Shibas have been described as having “spirited boldness,” and are somewhat infamous for their quick and nimble steps. One of the most defining characteristics of Shibas, however, is the so-called “Shiba Scream.” This loud, high pitched scream can come out either when a dog is being handled in such a way that makes him or her uncomfortable, or when the animal becomes overly excited.
Popularity in Japan
The Shiba Inu is commonly referred to as the most popular dog breed in Japan. There are quite a few reasons as to why this breed is so beloved; First, Shibas often have a reliably loyal temperament that makes them a great family dog. They have an endless amount of energy, so they’re always eager to play and have a good time. Shibas are also known to shed a lot, which, you think would deter a lot of people, but actually, it’s a very important selling point for people who like to spin their own dog fur and knit with it! Who doesn’t want to take their dog with them wherever they go? Lastly, Japanese Shiba Inus have a very comedic sensibility to them, so much so that they have become the subject of a popular Internet meme on more occasions thanone. This draws people towards their silliness and liveness, and who can blame them? Every household should have a family comedian, and there’s no better comedian than man’s best friend!
Between their good-natured and loyal temperament, their laughable little quirks, and even the amount they shed, there will always be a reason to adopt a Japanese Shiba Inu. Thinking about adopting your very own Shiba, but don’t know where to start? Just buy one at the Bokksu Market! No, really! Introducing our brand new Shiba Inu Plush and our Shiba Inu Drawstring Bag perfect for all ages! It’s never been easier to bring your dreams of owning a Shiba to life, so don’t delay -- stop by the Bokksu Market today.