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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 Vermont?
Vermont is one of the most pet-friendly states in the country! The state has strong animal welfare laws, excellent outdoor activities, and great access to pet services.
We evaluated two separate studies comparing all 50 states by several of these factors. They surveyed animal cruelty laws, pet-friendly accommodations, dog parks, hiking trails, and veterinarian services.
The first study, by animal advocacy group Pawsafe, ranked Vermont at a stellar 6th in the nation. The second, from Safewise, gave Vermont 7th. The state scored very well for its animal welfare laws related to abuse, neglect, fighting, or pet care standards.
Vermont is clearly a great place for dog people!
A few more facts for dog-lovers in Vermont
BringFido lists Vermont as a pet-friendly travel destination with over 1,400 verified pet-friendly hotels and motels. The site also lists Dog Mountain and the Gondola SkyRide as popular dog-friendly attractions in the area.
Twenty-eight percent of Vermont residents own a dog. This is below the national dog ownership rate of 40%.
What kinds of dogs do Vermonters love? According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most popular dogs in Vermont are Labradors, Retrievers, and Beagles. Other popular breeds include Huskies, Chow Chows, and Collies.
Animal welfare & dog shelters in Vermont
Vermont saved 5,049 dogs and cats during 2020. Fifty-three animals were reported killed over this same period.
Twelve out of 13 of the animal shelters within Vermont are no-kill shelters. The percentage of no-kill shelters is very high, and the state has an above-average save rate of 91%. This is above the 90% mark needed to be considered a no-kill state!
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