Kitsumi is a mix of Shiba Inu, and something else. I am not sure what, that’s not important. So Kit does have some of the personality that a Shiba Inu tend to have.
Shiba Inu is a small dog breed originating from Japan. It is actually their smallest breed. The breed was brought to america as recently as 60 years ago. So they haven’t been state side for a very long time, like some of the other imported breeds we now have.
The Shiba Inu have a very distinct coloring and build. Their colors vary of red, red sesame, or black and tan, each color would have their white markings.
Their personality traits are alert, active and attentive. This is very much Kit in every way. She is alert to any noise, she ping pong’s from couch to couch in our living room, and can keep going for hours, she probably wouldn’t stop if I didn’t make her calm down for a few. She also follows me everywhere. She has tripped me a few times because she is trying to stay by my side, and she will wake from a dead sleep to get up and follow me to where ever I am.
Energy level for a Pure breed is listed as active, and again totally Kitsumi! You are advised that your pup will need lots of exercise and daily walks, even though they are on the small side, I can definitely vouch for that.
Good with children: Pure breeds are supposed to be but I don’t have kids and haven’t tested Kit yet, so I can say more on this.
Good with dogs: with supervision is what they say as a breed standard but I think this goes with every breed. It’s all about your dog, and whether they like the other dog or not. Just like with people not everyone is going to be friendly and not every one is going to like each other. And not every dog is a bully.
Shedding is listed as seasonal, I can say that Kitsumi doesn’t shed a whole lot, she has fur about an inch long, with her face being softer and shorter. I don’t think you would need to worry about this too much, Kit doesn’t have hair falling out, really at all, but maybe as winter approaches faster and faster, her coat will change and she might a little. We will see. Grooming is also listed as occasional, and I think what I said a few sentences ago, covers that.
Trainability is listed as independent. Okay so what does that mean? I’m not sure but I do know that Kit doesn’t like to sit when asked when I train the other dogs. She tries to jump on me, take the treat out of my hand, and so on. I can’t be sure if that’s because of her previous owners or breed. When she finally does sit (We have sat a total of 4 times in almost a month if that says anything.) she lowers her head. I immediately give her a treat and praise as well as a good jackpot. I have to believe the more I work with her that this is starting to be her previous owners, but I could be wrong.
They are a small dog, breed standard is 14–17 inches for males and 13–16 inches for females, with males weighting 24 max, and 20 max for females. So they don’t get very big. Kitsumi is a mix so she is a little heavier at 45 after her spay, but she isn’t much taller than the higher side of the male breed standard.
Life expectancy, as with smaller dogs is 12–15 years.
Bark Level is listed at quiet, kit isn’t quiet, but she isn’t a pure breed either. Maybe the pure breeds have less tendency to bark than if they are a mix, but kit doesn’t know when to stop with her voice. She also isn’t very into her quiet training, but that’s okay, we will keep working, and trying different things and approaches.
In Japan the breed was originally bred to hunt by sight and sent, in the dense forest of japanese mountains. They are said to be agile and alert, making them great watch dogs as well as companions.
Its said that the Shiba Inu is weary of strangers but loyal and affectionate to those who gain their trust. I can say on this topic, that yes this is true!! Kit has never growled at me, EVER!! But I have seen and heard her growl at people, including my mom, who feeds and plays with her. You need to have a very stong bond with her, she needs trust and care, not just an owner who provides a roof, warmth at night and food. Kit needs A LOT MORE!! She needs me to tell her when Zoey has had enough, when there needs to be a break in their games, she needs me to set guidelines and boundaries.
It is said alone time for them is fine. With Kit, no. She needs to be out of her crate more than in. She isn’t in her crate very often now. She goes in when we have to leave the house, but that isn’t forever. There is almost always someone at home. I would disagree whole-hearted till my face turned blue on this.
1992 was the year that the Shiba Inu breed was recognised by the AKC.
According to the AKC they are the 44th most popular dog.
There were only 3 remaining blood lines left after WWII when the breed almost became extinct.
They are considered the oldest breed in Japan. They are also the #1 dog companion in Japan.
While they are still used as hunting dogs, back when they were bigger, many upon many of years ago, they were used to hunt large game. In modern time they are used to hunt smaller critters.