The Shiba Inu is an adorable small dog created from a Siberian Husky and a Shiba Inu. Although it can vary between individuals, most Siberian Shibas crave attention and can get depressed if not given enough. They are usually very friendly pets, but if they are not properly socialized as a puppy they should be watched around other dogs. They prefer the colder climates and should not be exercised too much in the extreme heat. With a strong and tricky personality, the Siberian Shiba is a dog not suited for everyone. However, when paired with the right home, these dogs make great companions.
The origin of the Siberian Shiba is very recent, since they are born from a Siberian Husky and a Shiba Inu parent. The latter is a fairly recent breed themselves, and were only introduced to America around 60 years ago, and are still gaining popularity. They are native to Japan and, even though they are small, they were used to flush birds and hunt small prey, along with boar and bear. The breed gets their name from the Japanese word Shiba, meaning brushwood and small, whereas Inu translates to dog. The breed had a hard time during World War II, but were brought back thanks to several breeding programs. Siberian Huskies come from Yatsuk, which is an isolated region of the extreme northeastern Siberia. They were developed by the inhabitants of this region, called the Chukchi people. They were mainly used as endurance sled dogs, as they were the most common source of transportation. The Siberian Husky was perfect for the job, as they were capable of running at a moderate speed for long distances and could pull the weight of the sleds, even in the cold weather. In order to genetically improve the dogs throughout generations, all but the best were castrated. They were never crossbred, and therefore for over 3000 years the pedigrees were kept pure. This breed was cared for by the women, which gave the dogs experience around children as well. These dogs were introduced to America in the 20th century by an explorer and fur trader named Olaf Swenson. Siberian Huskies ran the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, where a team of this breed driven by Norwegian Leonhard Seppala won in 1915, 1916 and 1917. During the winter of 1925, the same man was driver for one of the several teams of Siberian Husky used to deliver serum to Nome, Alaska, which was used to avert a diphtheria epidemic.
Siberian Shibas will have physical traits from both the Siberian Husky and the Shiba Inu. It can be hard to determine which characteristics will be developed from each parent, since some dogs will adopt different traits than others. Overall, Siberian Shibas are compact and proportionate dogs with lots of muscle. They are sometimes described as wolf- or fox-like, with an intelligent look in their eyes and erect ears. They usually have bushy tails and expressive faces. The eyes are almond shaped, small and can be a variety of colors, with some dogs having two different colored eyes. The Siberian Shiba has triangularly shaped ears that are erect and small, although still proportionate compared to the size of the body and head. They are wide set and tilt forwards at an angle that matches the arched neck. The bodies, which are distinctly male or female, will not be as tall as they are long. Their feet have arched toes and are compact and cat-like with thick pads.