- These are the smallest of the original six native spitz breeds native to Japan.
- Shiba Inus are one of the most popular dog breeds in Japan.
- They almost became extinct after World War II.
Welcome to the Shiba Inu Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the most popular dogs in Japan! Although they almost didn’t make it – after World War II, this dog almost became extinct due to disease and food shortages but thanks to a breeding program, they were able to survive. This dog is known for its cat-like qualities – they are inclined to be extremely clean and spend a good amount of time cleaning themselves.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Shiba Inus if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you simply want to learn more about these intelligent, well-muscled animals!
History Of The Breed
The Shiba Inu is an ancient breed of dog that originated in Japan. It is believed to have ancestors that date back over 7,000 years ago. Remains of dogs similar in size were found by archaeologists in sites that were lived in by the Jomon-jin people who inhabited the area from 14,500 BCE to 300 CE. It is thought that these dogs were bred with another breed of dogs that were brought to Japan around 300 CE.
The Shiba Inu was intended to be a hunting dog for small game, like rabbits, and birds. Almost brought to extinction during World War II due to disease, bombing raids and food shortage, they were revived with the help of a breeding program. All dogs were taken from the 3 remaining bloodlines – Shinshu Shiba, Mino Shiba and San’in Shiba. They were first introduced to the United States in the mid-1950s.
Interesting Shiba Inu Facts
The Shiba Inu dog is not only considered to be a very clean dog who seems to always be grooming itself but they also have very good skills for escaping their yards. Shibas can be free-thinking and stubborn and do not like to share anything that is theirs, like food and toys. While they may not be particularly affectionate, they are very loyal companions who will do anything for their owners. Read on to see more interesting facts about this breed!
- They were officially recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1992.
- Although they were bred as hunting dogs, they are primarily kept as pets in the United States and Japan.
- They survived in the mountainous region of Japan for thousands of years.
- This dog can be quite stubborn but they are fiercely loyal to their family.
- There is a movie about a Shiba that saved her owner, “A Tale of Mari and Her Three Puppies.”
- Shiba Inus are considered drama queens because of their wail-like cry.