The Wolf-like nature of the Shiba Inu

The shiba inu is an ancient breed originating from Japan with roots, in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Scientists reveal that these breeds are most genetically the closest to wolves. The historical role of this ancient breed was to capture games ranging from fowl to wild boar which explains their wolf-like traits.

 It is easy to spot a shiba inu because you would see them almost everywhere, even if they weren’t popular until 2009. You would mostly find them in three generally accepted colors, red, red sesame, and black and tan. Their coat is a double coat that surprisingly has a softer undercoat, which could be cream, buff, or gray.

Their eyes are triangular ( another feature that makes them wolf-like), deep-set with their iris, dark brown but not black. Their ears are triangular and small, but in proportion with both the head and body.

 Where to find Shibas in Los Angeles.

1. Rescue Organisations

You need to decide if you want a puppy or an adult Shiba Inu, because they can be difficult dogs, and often, new owners find it hard to train or manage them, so they hand them over to shelters and rescues.

There are a lot of rescue organizations, both breed-specific, and dog in general. But the best and most recommended are the Saving Shiba Inc. They specialize in Shibas and are known for having healthy and ethical breeds.

Their most available dogs are always a few months old to a year old which is perfect because younger breeds are easier to train.

Other great rescue organizations are Animal Guardians Network, National Shiba Inu Rescue Organisation, Shiba Inu Rescue Organisation, and a lot more others. All these rescue organizations can be easily found with an internet search. You can technically get free puppies if you keep an eye out for adoption-fee free events at your local shelters.

During the Covid Pandemic, several kennel clubs and breeders have reduced having pups until the situation is under control for humans and Shibas to interact freely, so you should consider that before searching for your perfect Shiba.

2. Shiba Club Breeders

Using a breeder club to search for a Shiba is relatively faster and simple because they are almost in every state now, but can be far more expensive than rescuing or adopting a pup.

You can easily start with the national breed club ( National Shiba Club of America ), which is the parent club site. There are two breed clubs in California, which narrows it down, according to your regional areas, Shiba Club of Southern California and Shiba Fanciers of Nothern California, but there’s one breeder that is apparently close to Los Angeles, it is the Mt Hills Shiba.

It should be noted every breeder is not necessarily a member of the parent club but most are. You should start any search looking for an ethical breeder from the above mentioned, because there are a lot of puppy mills with less quality Shibas, scattered around the state.

How to choose a breeder

A responsible Shiba breeder should have done at least, a minimum health testing for hips, patellas, and eyes. They are going to require that you sign a contract to return the dog if you cannot keep it. Also, take note if the breeder encourage you to have their puppies attend socialization class and obedience training.

This is essential because Shiba inus are sensitive breeds, so the degree of correction should be adjusted accordingly. They are strong-willed dogs that require a firm hand but if the corrections are too strong, then they will recoil and become snappy. You need a trainer that would be able to balance these elements.

You can also ask questions like, how many litters they have per year, if they belong to the National Shiba Club of America and if they agree to their code of ethics.

In addition, a good breeder should provide a written contract that reveals specifics such as ownership and registration, a vaccination record, and worming record, also with a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian.

You should also make sure to do some research about the Shiba breed because most people say Shibas are not for amateurs. They have a strong and complex personality and you need to be assertive and consistent with training, so if you are looking for an obedient dog, you might have to get interested in another breed.

Other available sources to find a Shiba

 Pet stores do sell Shibas but it is also quite pricey, and they cannot offer you the support and community a rescue organization or good breeder would offer. The cost of Shiba inu varies with the breeders, geographical region, and quality since their popularity skyrocketed and the emergence of the pandemic last year.

The initial price cost no more than $1000 but now, could be within the range of $1,200 – $2,500 and there is still a probability it would keep increasing.

Another option is adopting a retired Shiba inu show dog from a breeder. They could range in age from 1 year to 6 years. You have to do your research if they are ethical breeders as show dogs live a pretty tough life and you want your dog to feel safe and happy around you.

Shiba inu are amazing dogs, although quite hard to train once you’ve gotten a hang of it, you would come to love this new canine friend of yours. You just need to make sure you have done your research about Shibas, and how to take care of them, then you know where to start your search.

Related Question and Information

What are the downsides to having a Shiba inu?

Shibas as a rule, do not like other dogs because of their dominant nature. They are cat-like inhabits and respond to one person alone.

Since they were originally bred for hunting, they are highly prey-driven hunters, so if you have other pets like cats or mammals, you would rather your dog not chase and kill them.

In general, Shibas are beautiful dogs but only in the care of a knowledgeable owner.