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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 Boston?
A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Boston is ranked as the 67th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the best for outdoor pet-friendliness, ranking 35th in the country.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Boston
Boston has numerous pet-friendly places for you to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. According to a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study, there are 1.8 parks for every 100,000 residents. Over 15 of these are off-leash parks where your dog can roam without constraint. Some of the best off-leash dog parks in the city are North End Dog Park, Boston Common, Belle Isle Marsh, Channel Center Dog Park, and Paul Revere Dog Park.
In Boston, you’ll find a number of great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to explore include Boston Public Garden, Rose Kennedy Greenway, The Esplanade, and Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
The city is also home to several water activities you and your dog can enjoy. Boston Harbor Cruises welcomes dogs on their cruises and ferries, and Paddle Boston rents kayaks and paddleboards for your four-legged friends.
Life in Boston with a dog
With over 136 pet-friendly restaurants, you and your dog will always have somewhere to grab a meal in Boston. Some of the most popular pet-friendly restaurants in the city are Toro, Joe’s American Bar and Grill, Thorntons Fenway Bar and Grille, and The Frogmore Lowcountry Kitchen and Bar.
Boston has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and almost a dozen dog-friendly shopping centers. At the SoWa Open Market street festival, you and your dog can enjoy hundreds of the artisans and vendors and some of the best food and art New England has to offer.
If you have friends or family visiting Boston, they’ll find plenty of pet-friendly hotels where they can stay with their dogs. Many of these hotels will allow their pets for no extra charge. A few of the most popular dog-friendly hotels in the city are Colonnade Hotel, The Eliot Hotel, Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston, and Copley House.
Popular dog breeds in Boston
Boston is home to a diverse mix of dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. No matter which breed you decide to add to your family, your pup will find many of its peers across the city.
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