The Shiba Inu is a small, muscular dog breed that originated in Japan. It is one of the oldest breeds of dogs in Japan and was originally bred for hunting small game, such as birds. The breed was named after the Shiba Inu, which means “brushwood dog,” due to their hunting skills in the dense brush of the Japanese countryside.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Shiba Inu almost became extinct due to a combination of factors, including World War II, food shortages, and distemper outbreaks. However, a breeding program was initiated to revive the breed and bring them back to their original form.
Today, the Shiba Inu is a popular companion dog around the world and is known for its loyalty, courage, and independent spirit. They are also recognized by major kennel clubs, including the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).
In recent years, the Shiba Inu has become famous due to the “Doge” meme trend, which features pictures of Shiba Inus with captions written in broken English. Despite this, the Shiba Inu remains a beloved and respected breed, known for its unique history and heritage.