|Bort - 2014-12-05 |
Five because shiba inus are the best-looking dogs (according to me). Anyone know what they're like? Pleasant? A nightmare? Unpredictable and intelligent? Dull and obedient? il fiore bel, I'm guessing you have opinions.
il fiore bel
What Caminante said.
I suspect only the Japanese know the secret to raising them.
They usually bond with one human, and with that human they can be super affectionate, like the dog in this video.
With all other humans, (even others in the household) they tend to uphold the "independent and aloof" label.
Also, even though they're quite cat-like, they don't get along with any other animals, including cats. They're very much one-animal pets. The only way to pair them with another animal is to adopt littermates.
This information brought to you by the owner of two Akitas, which are Shibas' larger cousins.
Ooh ooh, I have an opinion, but it's second hand. I have two friends who own shiba inu. They are both just like the dogs. Someone here said it well: "Catlike, neat, fastidious, aloof." They are intelligent. They can do tricks and such very well -- easy to housebreak, etc.
one friend who owns one is a gay male. He is very into japan, partly why he is interested in them, has studied the language. The owner is himself very neat and fastidious. He's a reader, a pretty stationary person so he is at home fairly often to help care for his dog. He walks it regularly (once a day at least).
Another one who owns one is my friend's parents, who both run a very quiet temple. The dog lives primarily in the basement and backyard, where he is very content. This one is a bit gluttonous, and is overweight actually. Interacts with humans only briefly, especially strangers, then he runs along to do something else. But, again, perfectly house broken.
I don't think there's a secret to raising them. But if you have a lifestyle and a personality in any way similar to the two people I knew who owned them, you could probably do it. I wouldn't want to do it myself -- I would worry about the mental health of a shiba inu with how long I need to be away from home.
I just shared this video with my said gay friend and his reply was "Haha--Nikko totally does this!"
|infinite zest - 2014-12-07 |
WHat's also interesting is that I notice them kneading just like cats do when they're happy. I've only owned a firehouse dalmatian and poodle, so maybe other breeds of dogs do it too, but I always thought it was a cat thing.
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