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Rodel Shibas

 

There are some common problems you should consider before you bring a Shiba Inu into your home. Reputable breeders have made strides improving the health, temperment and well being of our breed. In the same breath, there are many who continue to breed without interest in the health and welfare of the dogs. Before purchasing a dog, remember that typically, Shibas live to approximately 15 years of age. Buying a dog from an unreputable breeder or pet store for a bargain price may cost you in the long run. Please take the following into consideration when purchasing a Shiba Inu.

 

  • Temperament and Socialization

Visit breeders at their locations and see how their dogs interact with each other and visitors. Shibas may be aloof but they should not cower, or avoid you. See the parents and other dogs in their breeding program. Make sure the dogs are not spooky. If you see dogs in their breeding program that are not approachable, this should set off alarms.

  • Luxating Patellaes and Hip Dysplasia

    Luxating Patellaes are a common problem in the breed and depending on the severity, may need surgery to resolve. Hip Dysplasia is not as common but should still be checked. OFA has a database that responsible breeders send in their paperwork and register their dogs results. If a breeder states that they have done the tests but have not sent in the paperwork, ask to view the paperwork and verify that the dog has passed the tests and that they were performed by a licensed veterinarian. Also make sure that the veterinarian is a third party and not the breeder.

  • Glaucoma

Glaucoma is common in the breed and a painful disease for the dog and family. Without treatment, blindness may be possible in both eyes. The only screening process presently for Shibas is a Gonioscopy (see above photo ) We screen all our breeding stock and encourage all breeders to follow suit. If you already have a Shiba Inu, we suggest that you have this exam performed on your dog, early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent blindness in your companion. A CERF exam does not screen for Glaucoma. Once again, if a breeder states that they have done the tests but have not sent in the paperwork, ask to view the paperwork and verify that the dog has passed.