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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 Kansas?
Kansas is a great state for dog lovers. The “sunflower state” compares well to other states for things like animal welfare regulations, pet-friendly accommodations, pet services, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
We looked at two important studies ranking each of the states by these pet-friendly factors. The first study was conducted by Pawsafe, an animal advocacy group. In their study, Kansas is ranked as the 11th most pet-friendly state. The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
The other study was conducted by Safewise, a consumer review site for safety across the country. In their study, Kansas is ranked as the 12th most pet-friendly state in the country!
Combining these two studies places Kansas towards the front of the pack of pet-friendly states.
Are cities in Kansas pet-friendly?
The cities individually didn’t score quite as well. Financial advisor site Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how Kandas’ largest city ranked.
Wichita was ranked 76th overall, which could be better. Wallethub scored the city 20th in pet budget, 82nd in pet health and wellness, and 98th in outdoor pet-friendliness.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. Wichita scored in the 66th position, with 0.7 parks per 100,000 people.
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Kansas
BringFido lists Kansas as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 700 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee and Iliff Commons in Topeka as top dog-friendly attractions.
Forty-three percent of Kansas residents own a dog. This is above the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Kansans love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Kansas are Labradors, Retrievers, and Beagles. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Kansas
Kansas saved 49,147 dogs and cats during 2020. However, 1,971 animals were reported killed over this same period.
Forty-two out of 98 of the animal shelters within Kansas are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is average, and the state has an above-average save rate of 87%. This is below the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state, but is close!
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