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Shiba Inus Taking Off

November 30th, 2008

Ever since the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam took off, there seems to be a new interest in Shiba Inus. This pleases Sachi to no end, because she just loves Shibas. Several Shiba cams have sprouted up since then, but most are on-and-off, more off than on. One that we’ve found that seems good is the West Chester Shiba Inu Cam. This one is with a white Shiba mother and what I believe is a sesame father.


Four of the pups are standard brown, but one is brown with white spots–something I’ve never seen in a Shiba before. I suppose the colors will change as it matures–I don’t think that marbled Shibas exist.


The owners of the original Shiba puppies are giving them away for free–not so with this new cam’s object. They’re selling their pups. I can only suppose that after the huge popularity of the San Francisco Shiba pups, a lot of people with litters coming are buying web cams and trying to figure how they can get bidding started or something.

Shibas, by the way, are good dogs but also quite quirky. They are good and loyal dogs, but not very sociable with outsiders unless carefully acclimatized while growing up. They have a strong hunting instinct, and so must be kept on a leash, or they’ll often bolt. They shed profusely twice a year, when they “blow” their coats–a tremendous amount of fur coming out in a very short period of time. They are also not very loud–they don’t bark much, though they do whine some and when extremely distressed, are said to emit something called a “Shiba scream,” something you reportedly do not want to hear.

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  1. Paul
    December 2nd, 2008 at 05:17 | #1

    We have a Shiba living down the hall from us. (Our building has a LOT of dogs in it- an urban condo, big shock, and in Seattle, which has more dogs licensed in the city than there are children in the school district.)

    It’s just like you describe- pretty stand-offiish with other dogs, including Indiana the Wonder Dog who gets along with nearly everyone. But the Shiba is very cute and a great dog for its owners, and it is quiet.

    The Westie across the hall, on the other hand, is just flat-out psycho. Psycho with other dogs (at least the Shiba is logical- it’s only defensive when we’re coming near it with its owners) and always barking. I hate the Westie.

  2. Dorothy Hime
    February 15th, 2009 at 02:30 | #2

    Shiba Inus are awsome, I love everything about them. They are a wonderful breed. I am so glad to see another Shiba inu site, thanks for supporting these wonderful little puppies.

  3. Shiba Inu
    February 15th, 2009 at 02:31 | #3

    Hey fellow Shiba lover. I think Shibas are great, thanks for the cool blog.

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