Shiba Inu Breed Maintenance
The Shiba Inu has a coarse, stiff, shorthaired coat that requires only minimal grooming. Use a firm brush to remove dead hair and skin weekly. Bathe him only when it is necessary; the coat is naturally waterproof – if you bathe him often, he will lose the natural waterproofing. The Shiba Inu can be a heavy shedder. He requires only a daily walk where exercise is concerned. He is an active dog, so regular exercise is good for him. He can live well in an apartment; however, he needs moderate exercise. In fact, the Shiba Inu needs an average-sized yard in order to receive adequate exercise. He can live outdoors due to his waterproof coat; however, you will need a fenced-in yard with sufficient shelter from extreme elements for him. He does not like being left alone, whether in your home or outside. He does best with his loving family.