December 8, 2021
Shiba inu (Japanese: 柴犬) is a breed of dog originally from Japan. Although the breed is rare, it is very popular in its home country. In addition to being quite similar to Akita inu, today it is known that Shiba Inu is one of Akita's ancestors. Of ancient origin, archeologists have found in Japan dog bones with the same characteristics as the Shiba that have been dated to be at least 5,000 years old, the Shiba are considered to be one of the oldest dogs in the world. Its name comes from the Nagano region dialect, which means "little dog". Used today as a companion dog, it is still considered efficient in hunting small animals. Among his other qualities well regarded by the Japanese are his size (which is limited to 41.5 cm in height) and his independence. The Shiba in Japan is regarded as a dog that brings luck to its owner. He is also the symbol dog of the Japanese Imperial Family. One of the most famous dogs of this breed, Pusuke, died on December 5, 2011. This canine held, until then, the record for the oldest dog in the world made official in the Book of Records ( 26 years and 9 months). It wasn't just Bluey, who died at the age of 29.