Shiba Inus are quite stunning creatures that make for great show dogs. That reason alone causes them to be quite expensive, making it imperative for a dog owner to not lose him. Of course this imperative is no stronger than it would be for another breed, but Shiba Inus have a tendency to let curiosity carry them away from home, ultimately becoming lost. But there are various ways a pet owner can keep track of their Shiba Inu.
The best thing a person should do once taking a Shiba Inu as a pet is to obtain some kind of identifying marker for her/his pet. A collar with id tags is a conventional method to take. They should have the owner's telephone number and perhaps address on them. However collars are sometimes not a viable option for the Shiba Inu owner if the pet is a show dog since collars tend to leave unsightly indentations around the neck.
Tattooing is an alternative type of identification. It is most of the time positioned within the inside of the Shiba Inu's thigh. The AKC (American Kennel club) encourages pet owners to have their dogs tattooed for two purposes: to make it easier to locate stolen or lost dogs and to make it difficult for anyone or the Shiba Inu himself to remove the id. The tattoo should be of the AKC registry number that is located on his registration papers.
Microchipping is another viable option when trying to keep track of your Shiba Inu. In the 90s the AKC developed the AKC CAR ID System microchip which provides full day recovery services for animals. Millions have made this a very popular item therefore many pet shelters and authorities are equipped with the necessary scanners to read them.
The tattooed, microchipped, or collared AKC number is recorded with the AKC, where they are regularly updated and maintained for at least five years after the death of a dog. Records and copies of them are to be kept by owners as well as the AKC. These records are supposed to display the:
breed of dog
dog's registered name and number
names of parenting dogs
coloring and/or markings
date of birth
date when the owner obtained the pet
If or when a dog is sold then his records should be updated to show the following:
Date of the contract
Names and address of people purchasing the dog
Date sold or delivered or date of death
Date when registration papers are turned over to the new owner
Also, pet owners have to keep record of when a dog mates, the information of the other dog, and the number of puppies produced, among other information. Placing some kind of identifying marker on your Shiba Inu ensures that he is never lost and can always be returned safely home.