Anonymous said: Hi, this is not art related, sorry about that, but I just wondered about the Shiba Inu breed. My family is maybe going to get a new dog (have raised several dogs, so no worries) and I'd love to have a shiba Inu. Are they likely to run away if you let them lose in your garden, like, because it is chasing stuff, and what do people mean when they say the breed tend to be a bit weird? Is it a breed you'd reccomend? Also, your art is amazing!
Ahh the shiba inu!
A lovely example of her eccentricity. Just this moment, someone shuffled their foot in the kitchen. My Shiba Inu, apparently having heard this tiny little shuffle, ran all the way down two flights of stairs to attack their foot. Because she does not condone the shuffling of feet.
I love my Yukiko. She is four years old now and I have spent LITERALLY every. single. day. with her since I got her four years ago. This last october was the first time I spent a night apart from her. She is my minion and my familiar and my pandora and my pokemon. I love her to pieces, and, hopefully many many years from now, when it is time for me to get a new dog, I will get another Shiba Inu.
She is fiercely loyal, she sits with me wherever I sit and walks with me wherever I walk. And I love that about her. My Shiba is, I’ve been told, much more friendly than the norm. Yukiko can be overwhelmed in large crowds, but when she meets new people she approaches them and loves the attention. And she is an absolute marvel with children. She will lay down and let babies yank on her ear and her tail. (Although she often looks at me with this ‘well arent you going to rescue me?’ face during the baby tail pulling process.)
But she is just awful with other dogs. Any dog. Big or small, young or old, if they get within three or four feet of her, she bares her teeth and snarls viciously and, if their owners allow them even closer, she will start a fight. I’ve managed to get her on shakey-all right terms with my brother’s dog, but still, they will suddenly break out into fights. So basically, I have to be very careful with her in environments where there are other dogs around.
Now I have heard and seen plenty of Shiba that do get along with other dogs, but the TYPICAL behavior of the Shiba Inu breed is for them to be very aloof. Towards both people and other dogs. I’m just telling you about my personal experiences with mine.
She is very clean. She avoids mud puddles on walks and hates going out in the rain, and she will spend hours grooming herself like a cat. And like you asked, yes, she runs. I would never really trust her out, walking around, without a leash. They are a hunting breed and they have a very strong chase instinct. And when locked in a garden, they’ll most likely spend their time trying to escape it.
Shiba Inu are very willful too. Yukiko is smart. I can usually teach her a new trick within a day. (I have her bowing to people politely) but when they dont feel like listening to you, they really try not to listen. They’ll butt heads with you forever even after you have them well trained, so the breed is not a good match for someone who is inexperienced with training dogs. Otherwise you’ll end up with a petulant child for a dog that all your friends and family will hate when they come over to visit your house.
Yukiko does have a strange obsession with feet. Whenever people shuffle their feet, she will pounce on them and nip (lightly) at their toes. And although with me she is perfectly fine around her food (I can pick up her dish, shove my hand in her food bowl, rub her nose while she eats) she is pretty terrible about other people coming into our room when she is eating. She will try to chase them out and bite at their feet to chase them away. This is something I’ve been trying for four years to work her out of but it seems completely ingrained in her.
Anyway, long story short. Shiba Inu are a wonderful breed. And I know because they are japanese, that seems to make them very popular. They’re a popular breed around the internet so a lot of people adopt them without thinking. However, they’re a stubborn little asshole breed so unless you have the experience and time to train it, I wouldn’t recommend it for you. But once you do train it, they are fiercely loyal, funny, and quirky companions.
The choice is yours!
I’m laying here feeling super sick and my dog came over and I thought. “Aw, Yukiko has come to comfort me.”
And she burped in my face and left.