Shiba Inu is the owner of a luxurious two-layer fur coat, which gives it the appearance of a teddy bear. The outer hair consists of straight and coarse hair, and the undercoat is very dense and soft. Shiba molts moderately, but twice a year – quite plentifully. This is the period when a “woolen blizzard” appears in your house, covering clothes and furniture.
The color of Shiba Inu varies from orange-red to cream-white. Often there are dogs with the color of sesame (sesame) – black hair ends on a rich red background. White marks are allowed on the tip of the tail and on the fore and hind limbs.
Shiba Inu is unpretentious in care. This is a neat dog, which almost does not smell. It needs to be combed out to remove dead hair, and during the period of molting weekly lubricate wool with oil. Bathing the breed is necessary, but not more often than once every four months, because the water will dry out the skin and coat of your pet.
You should brush your pet 2-3 times a week. This will prevent the accumulation of bacteria and the appearance of tartar. A daily cleaning will protect against inflammation of the gums and bad breath.
Cut the claws only when needed. Usually this is done from one to three times a month. If you hear Shiba Inu inadvertently scratching the floor with them, then it’s time to cut it. Neat and well-groomed claws allow you to avoid accidental scratches during the game or greetings.
Often, puppies are offended when they are combed, touched by their paws, inspect their mouth and ears, so try to make this process more pleasant with the help of praise in the form of treats. In the future, the pet even become more obedient thanks to such procedures.
In addition to all this, periodically, the whole body of Shiba Inu should be checked for various wounds, infections and inflammations. Carefully inspect the mouth, eyes, ears, nose and paws. This will immediately identify potential health problems and prevent them, avoiding consequences. Shiba ears should not smell like wax or dung, and eyes should be red and tired. If you notice any symptoms, you should immediately consult with a veterinarian, otherwise there may be serious complications.