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Shiba Inus

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This bold and courageous canine was originally bred in Japan to hunt small game in mountainous areas. The Shiba is an active breed that makes both an excellent watchdog and a loyal companion. This book, an updated addition to Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series, advises on all aspects health care, caging, training, nutrition, behavior, and more. Written primarily for prospective and inexperienced pet owners, as well as for older children who are learning about responsible pet care, Barron's Complete Pet...
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Overview


This bold and courageous canine was originally bred in Japan to hunt small game in mountainous areas. The Shiba is an active breed that makes both an excellent watchdog and a loyal companion. This book, an updated addition to Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series, advises on all aspects health care, caging, training, nutrition, behavior, and more. Written primarily for prospective and inexperienced pet owners, as well as for older children who are learning about responsible pet care, Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals present basic pet care information. The many titles in this series cover all popular dog and cat breeds, bird varieties, hamsters and other small caged animals, aquarium fish varieties, terrarium pets, and even reptiles, amphibians, and exotics. Each title features approximately 70 color photos and advises on acquiring an animal, housing, feeding, health care--and, where applicable, grooming and training.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764147432
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manual
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 338,579
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Shiba Inu History 5

Origin of the Shiba Inu 5

Breeds 6

Temperament: Kan-i, Ryosei, and Soboku 7

Popularity Worldwide 8

Physical Characteristics of the Shiba Inu 11

Type Characteristics 11

Structural Characteristics 16

Temperament 21

The Standards 21

Considerations Before You Buy 25

Is the Shiba the Right Dog For You? 25

The Commitment 25

Potential Drawbacks to the Shiba Inu 28

Strengths of the Shiba Inu 30

Selecting Your Shiba Inu 33

Finding a Breeder 33

What to Consider 35

Breeder Contracts and Guarantees 39

Preparing for Your Shiba Inu 41

Getting Ready for Your Puppy 41

Shopping List 43

At Home with Your Shiba Inu 45

Bringing Your Puppy Home 45

The New Environment 45

Housetraining 46

Socialization and Training 47

Identification 55

Exercise 56

Children and the Shiba Inu 56

Toys 57

How-To: Travelling with Your Shiba Inu 58

Feeding Your Shiba Inu 61

Starting Off Right 61

Changing Needs 61

Other Factors Affecting Diet 62

How Much to Feed 63

Water 63

Picky Eaters 63

Obesity 64

Food Allergies 64

Food Aggression 65

Keeping Your Shiba Inu Health and Well Groomed 67

Working with Your Veterinarian 67

Preventive Maintenance 68

Spaying or Neutering 70

Common Health Problems in the Shiba Inu 71

The Senior Shiba Inu 75

Basic Coat Care 76

Nails 77

HOW-TO: Grooming Your Shiba 78

Activities for Your Shiba Inu 81

Hunting 81

Conformation Dog Shows 81

Obedience Trails 82

Agility Trials 83

Other Activities 84

The AKC Standard for the Shiba Inu 87

General Appearance 87

Gait 89

Temperament 89

Disqualifications 89

Information 90

Index 94

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