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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 Nashville?
A recent WalletHub study has reviewed the 100 biggest US cities to see which are the most pet-friendly. In their study, Nashville is ranked as the 34th most dog-friendly. The city is one of the most affordable cities for owning a pet, ranking 11th overall for pets budget.
Dog parks and outdoor activities in Nashville
Nashville has numerous pet-friendly places where you can enjoy the outdoors with your dog. According to a Trust for Public Land (TPL) study, there are 1.2 dog parks for every 100,000 residents. Over ten 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 Centennial Dog Park, Riverfront Dog park, Two Rivers Dog Park.
In Nashville, you’ll find over half a dozen great hiking trails to explore with your dog. A few great spots to check out include the Trail at Fontanel, Warner Parks, Stones River Greenway, and Richland Creek Greenway.
Life in Nashville with a dog
Nashville has over 200 pet-friendly restaurants, so you and your furry friends will always have somewhere to enjoy a meal together. Some of the most popular dog-friendly restaurants in the city are Tennessee Brew Works, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Peg Leg Porker, The Southern, and The Stage on Broadway.
Nashville has many other pet-friendly businesses, including pet stores, groomers, spas, and over ten dog-friendly shopping centers. Plus, every year, there are a variety of local events celebrating dogs and their owners. For instance, the Dog Day festival where your four-legged friends can participate in activities such as costume contests, pet portraits, and demonstrations.
If you have friends or family visiting Nashville, 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 include Thompson Nashville, Hotel Preston, The Hayes Street Hotel, and the Hutton Hotel.
Popular dog breeds in Nashville
Nashville is home to many different dog breeds. The most popular breeds in the city are: Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Bulldogs, Beagles, Poodles, Rottweilers, and Yorkshire Terriers. 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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