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Shiba Inus (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) Paperback – August 1, 2003
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After reading about shibas one may not want one. They require work but if you SOCIALIZE them early on (doggie day care (highly recommend this), dog parks, interact with people, etc) you will not have problems!! The book may scare you away but if you are willing to go with what the book says/recommends and you have the time/patience it will pay off tremendously in the long run. Every dog is different but I was not surprised after reading this book what I was getting in to or what I've gone through over the last six months with my shiba. This book is a must read.
When on walks just be prepared for comments such as - is that a cat, fox, coyote, wolf, akita, teddy bear - its gets old after a while :)
That said, though, do not expect this book to become your bible of Shiba Inu information. Like many books of this sort, this 'complete' manual focuses on the positives of Shiba Inus, without giving proper attention to the challenges inherent with the breed. For example, no mention is made anywhere of the breed's tendency to nip when excited even well past the puppy ages, or to do anything and everything (door-dashing, fence climbing, etc.) to escape and seek adventures beyond their yard. The book describes Shibas as a breed requiring 'moderate energy' and claims that a Shiba generally gets enough exercise playing in the house. Anyone who has owned a Shiba knows that this is not true; Shibas are easily bored when they are not exercised well, and when bored they will dig, chew, and otherwise destroy their environment.
All told, it's an okay book. It offers practical (if basic) advice on choosing a puppy, housetraining, introducing a Shiba to other pets and children. An overview of the breed history and standard is included, but most of what is found here could also be found in any book about any dog breed. The only leg up it has on other breed-specific books is that the pictures are very attractive and plentiful.
The book is full of information like breed history, characteristics/temperament, physical descriptions including height and color, and AKC (American Kennel Club) standards. There's also tips on choosing a breeder, training, feeding information, and a section on how to groom your Shiba.
And the book has lots of color photos.
Anyway, it helped me make my decision to go with the Shiba breed, and today I am the proud papa of a 10-week old Shiba pup. And this book more than helped me prepare on what was to come!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is even remotely thinking about getting a Shiba Inu as a companion pet. It describes the breed well and what you can expect. Even though they have these angelic fox-like faces, the Shiba is more like a cat in demeanor so it's best suited for someone who has A LOT of patience and understanding. Unlike the norm, this dog adopts you -- not the other way around.
I really liked this book, because it really simplifies everything about owning, raising, and finding a Shiba Inu.
I recommend this book myself, my Baby Shiba is 14 years old and he still looks great, they love attention.
I was told if there was one word a Shiba could say it would be: "Mine". "mine, mine, mine, mine, mine......"
They look at everything around them as theirs.