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Shiba Inu Characteristics
The Shiba Inu was originally bred as a canine assistant in hunting birds and small game animals, along with the occasional wild boar. They’re the smallest of Japan's six native dog breeds, with the Akita Inu being the largest and the Kishu, Kai, Hokkaido, and Shikoku in the medium-sized group.
One of the smallest of the “Spitz” breeds, the Shiba Inu stands around 13-17 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 17-23 pounds. These dogs come with a black, white, or sesame-colored coat. They typically live between 12-16 years and can make great companions or great hunting dogs. They have a known temperament and a bit of an ego, so training and proper socialization is important in order to show the Shiba Inu who’s the top dog.
Shibas are usually adaptable, active, good-natured, clean, and quiet. They can also be aloof, independent, master escape artists, and somewhat stubborn. Their size makes them an adequate apartment or condo companion, but they have plenty of energy, so daily walks and/or playtime is a must.
The Shiba tends to be possessive. The Shiba Inu protects what he considers to be his, including toys, food, or territory. Proper socialization and training help keep this trait in check, but it's wise to put away any of his favorite toys and treats when other dogs or children are around, so he's less likely to act out and fight over them.
Many enthusiasts consider owning a Shiba Inu a bigger lifestyle change than owning other dog breeds. They require careful training and attention must be paid to their unique personalities, but the reward is having a loyal and caring companion unlike any other dog.
How dog-friendly is Alexandria?
A recent study from the insurance company The Swiftest analyzed some of the biggest U.S. cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In the study, Alexandria is ranked the most pet-friendly city with a population under 200,000. The city scored an A+ for its number of dog parks, pet sitters, and dog-friendly restaurants. Alexandria also received an A for its number of dog-friendly rentals and hotels.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Alexandria
Alexandria has many dog parks and other outdoor activities where your pup can stretch its legs and get some exercise. According to The Swiftest, there are 10.6 dog parks per 100,000 residents, the highest in the country.
Some of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the area are Chambliss Street Dog Park, Simpson Stadium Dog Park, Fort Ward Park, and Dog Run at Carlyle.
Alexandria is also home to several great hiking trails where you and your dog can enjoy a long scenic walk. A few great spots to explore are Jones Point Park, Belle Haven Park, and Mount Vernon Trail.
Life in Alexandria with a dog
Alexandria has over 100 great pet-friendly restaurants so you and your dog will always have plenty of choices when you want to get something to eat. A few of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city include Virtue Feed & Grain, Vola’s Dockside Grill, Le Refuge Restaurant, Southside 815, and Jackson 20.
Alexandria has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, daycares, spas, and groomers. And, every year there are a variety of pet-centered events to celebrate our furry companions.
If your friends or family are visiting Alexandria, they will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Some of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Lorien Hotel and Spa, The Alexandrian Autograph Collection, Hotel Indigo, and Westin Alexandria Old Town.
Popular dog breeds in Alexandria
Alexandria is home to a wide range of dog breeds. Some of the most popular breeds in the city are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Poodles, and German Shepherds. No matter which breed you choose to bring into your home, your new pup will find many fellow dogs throughout the city.
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