Do Shibas get Along with Other Animals?
Generally if a Shiba has been properly raised around small animals such as cats, it should acclimate to small pets in a new home. However, there are some cases where a dog is raised with a particular pet and although it gets along with THAT pet, the dog may chase all other animals outside of the family.
Keep in mind that Shibas were bred to hunt small game and in some cases life with other small pets will be impossible. A Shiba with strong hunting instincts will try to flush out your other household pets from under your couch etc. with less than desirable results.
Just as in humans each Shiba is an individual and some dogs just do not like other pets, dog or cat. Our foster parents make every attempt to evaluate each Shiba to determine its suitability for life with other pets in a new adoptive home.
Do Shibas get Along Well with Children?
Usually if a Shiba is kindly raised and socialized around children they make excellent family companions. However, do to a Shiba’s tendencies as an escape artist, extra precautions must be in place to avoid allowing dogs to dart outside as children enter and exit the home!
Adult supervision is a must around any dog who is among children. NO DOG SHOULD EVER BE TEASED OR TORMENTED BY A CHILD. It is up to parents to guide children on how to properly interact with a pet.
Be aware, there are some animals like humans who do not care for interaction with children. Again our foster parents make every attempt to evaluate each Shiba to determine its suitability for a particular family.
"Shibas With Children and Pets" was originally written by Patrice Grossman for Mid Atlantic Shiba Rescue. Used by permission.