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The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original and distinct breeds of dog from Japan.

A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting. It is similar in appearance to the Akita, though much smaller in stature.

Origin of the name

Inu is the Japanese word for dog, but the origin of the prefix “Shiba” is less clear. The word shiba means “brushwood” in japanese, and refers to a type of tree or shrub whose leaves turn red in the fall. This leads some to believe that the Shiba was named with this in mind, either because the dogs were used to hunt in wild shrubs, or because the most common color of the Shiba Inu is a red color similar to that of the shrubs. However, in an old Nagano dialect, the word shiba also had the meaning of “small”, thus this might be a reference to the dog’s small size.Therefore, the Shiba Inu is sometimes translated as “Little Brushwood Dog”.


コメント / トラックバック10件 to “SHIBA INU”

    THIS DOG IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I want this dog . 😦 I love dogs. I want a Japanese dog.:) hehe.
    Is this % 100 Japanese ???

  2. How can i get this dog? I am serious.. SOOOO CUTE DOG…How can i find this kind?? Do you can i find it in Turkey?

  3. i love to visit pet shops because i love to see cute little puppies,”.

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  6. I love love “Gotta Have You” by The Weepies, the aforementioned “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, and, this probably won’t work for her but I’m a southern girl so I’ve got to throw it out, “With This Ring” by The Platters.


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