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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 Nevada?
The great state of Nevada ranks right about average for dog-friendliness. Areas of improvement include boosting their no-kill shelter percentage and increasing pet-friendly establishments. But in almost every other metric, Nevada is a wonderful state for dogs!
Pawsafe conducted a study to rank each state according to its pet-friendliness, and they ranked Nevada at 27th. The study evaluated several factors, including animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, and the number of dog parks and hiking trails.
In a similar study, Safewise ranked Nevada as the 22nd most pet-friendly state. The state received strong marks for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Does Nevada have pet-friendly cities?
Wallethub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the country to rank them by pet-friendliness. Here’s how a few Nevada cities stacked up.
In their study, Las Vegas was the 4th most pet-friendly city. It ranked 1st for outdoor pet-friendliness, 32nd for pet budget, and 34th for pet health and wellness. Furthermore, the city had the most dog services and veterinarians per capita.
In a Trust for Public Land study, Las Vegas ranked 7th for most dog parks, with 3.9 parks per 100,000 residents.
The most popular dog breeds in Las Vegas are Chihuahuas, Shi Tzus, Yorkshire Terriers, Labradors, and Goldens.
North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno
There are a few other Nevada cities on the list. North Las Vegas was the 31st most pet-friendly city. It ranked 15th for outdoor pet-friendliness, 45th for pet budget, and 80th for pet health and wellness. However, the city had the fewest dog-friendly restaurants per capita.
The study also found Henderson to have the fourth-fewest animal shelters per capita. On the other hand, Reno has the most pet businesses per capita.
A Trust for Public Land (TPL) study reviews the nation’s 100 largest cities to see which has the most dog parks per capita. In the study, Henderson is ranked 3rd with 5 parks per 100,000 residents. There are 15 total dog parks in the city.
Reno was 40th on the list, with 1.2 parks per the same number of people.
A few more facts for dog lovers in Nevada
Thirty-six percent of Nevada residents own a dog. This puts the state below the 40% national average.
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Nevada are Labradors, Bulldogs, and German Shepherds.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Nevada
Nevada saved 40,894 dogs and cats during 2020. Only around 3,615 animals were killed in the past year. Out of 30 animal shelters, 18 have a no-kill policy. The overall save rate for the state is 84%. Nevada has a bit of work to reach the 90% benchmark needed to be a no-kill state.
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