Shiba Inu Boy or Girl

Shiba Inu Boy or Girl

The most important decision you’ll make when choosing among Shiba Inu puppies for sale, is whether to get a boy or girl. Shibas are a very special breed and the differences between males and females is a big one as far as temperament goes and can’t be compared to another breed. It is important that you pick a puppy based on temperament and how you are expecting them to behave. Too often people pick a dog based on looks or get a girl because they want to dress it up in cute clothes only to find that their dog is not game for what they have in mind. Sadly, these puppies often end up in the pound or in shelters. So please pay attention to what Shiba Inu breeders tell you about the temperament and personality of their puppies. Each puppy is different and when adding this new addition to your family, I think you’d agree that trumps appearance.

Boy Shiba Inus have a temperament that is closer to what most people envision when buying a puppy. A male wants to always be with you and gain your love and approval. They are always up for playtime, but when playtime is over they are also content to just sit with you. They make great pets for kids that want a dog they can play with and become best buddies with. only concern most people seem to have with getting a male Shiba is the issue of “marking“. Rest assured that if you get your puppy neutered he will never lift his leg. Shibas are known for their cleanliness and will not “go” in the house. If you do not get your puppy neutered then he will begin to lift his leg, especially if there is a female around and especially if that female is in heat. However, they can also be trained to not lift their leg in the house, but it will take work since it is a deeply rooted instinct. So, if you get your puppy neutered you will never have to worry about him lifting his leg. If you don’t get him neutered you will simply have to remain vigilant until he has been trained to only lift his leg outside. Overall, boy Shiba Inus make the best pets for what most are looking for because they want your love and attention and will quickly become your best buddy.

Girl Shiba Inus are very unique in the dog world. They are often compared to cats, and with good reason. If you are wanting a puppy that will always want to be with you, you are better off with a boy. Girls don’t mind spending time with you, but when they’re done, they’re done and no amount of coaxing can change their minds. They are very independent and like to have a place of their own. They are loving, but they don’t need to be loved all the time. Since they are not seeking your approval like a boy does, they are less likely to obey commands. They are very intelligent and know what you want, but often what they want wins out over what you want. It is very typical for a female Shiba to come when you call it and then turn around and trot right back off as if to say, “I came, you can’t get mad at me, now I’m going to do what I want.” They are also somewhat moody, sometimes they will demand attention and then mere minutes later they will be in their crate not wanting to come out for anything. A female will not give blind obedience like a male will, they are just too independent and intelligent for that. Females are very smart and not clingy. They like to play games that make them think, such as how to get a squeaker out of toy. Fetch is not as appealing to a female Shiba Inu, there has to be a point to the game. If you want an intelligent dog that is almost cat like (or even human like in some cases) a female is for you. If you want a dog that you can hold and carry and have as a lap dog, then a female is the wrong way to go.

Of course, these are just general guidelines. Each puppy has their own personality and sometimes a boy will have more the temperament of a girl and vice versa. The important thing is to talk to the breeder you’re working with to make sure you get a puppy that fits in with your lifestyle and expectations. The worse thing you can do is get a puppy based strictly on looks. Just like you wouldn’t choose your friends that way (or at least I hope not) you shouldn’t choose a dog that way. A Shiba Inu puppy can be a cherished part of your family for the next 15+ years, make sure you’re upfront about what you’re wanting in a puppy’s temperament with the Shiba Inu breeders you’re working with, and choose the puppy that will make the nicest fit for your family.

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