I have only ever had one as a foster. he was a nice dog, great with my kids and seemed to do well with our dogs while he was here. I know there are a couple people on this forum who have them and could give you a better idea about them and their personalities.
They're my favorite breed! I'm getting one for Christmas! :) (Maybe) I hear they're really good pets but can be a handful if you're softie! (What people say) They are active and are a big animal in a small dog's body! Their temperament is fine and it will get along with children and other dogs if it's socialized at a young age!
Does any one know if Shiba Inu's are good pets? Are they good with young kids and other dogs?
I feel that totally depends on whether the dog was socialized properly as a puppy. If the Shiba was isolated from children and other dogs as a pup, then probably no, he won't be good with young kids and other dogs. So if you are planning on buying one, buy from a reputable breeder. :)
But I'd say, yes, in general, Shiba's do make good pets.
***Edited By: Dana Ro on 7/24/2006 4:22:59 PM*** Reason: sp
shibas can be good pets, but you have to let them know who is boss, they can never be let off lead, they will not come when called even 50% of the time, and less outside. They can and some will kill small animals, mine are okay with kids, my parents isn't he just hides. I have seen many with kids, they are not aggresive, but they are not that playful either. Outside a shiba generealy has no interest in people, even kids, unless food is involved. They don't play fetch and follow your children around like a lab or retriever, they will follow scents and chase squirels and mice. They are escape artists, if they want out they will get out, even going so far as to injure themselves. Tonka will dig, climb, jump, squeeze or anything else needed if he is left outside too long. As for other dogs, I have found that altered they can get along ok with other dogs. I can bring them to a park and be okay they dont lunge and try to attack dogs, but if a male comes up Tonka is less than thrilled, and Ruffian is the same with most females as well. I did have to re-home my chow because both her and Ruffian wnated to be the topp dog and one would have died. If ever in a fiight a shiba will NOT back down for anything, much like a pit bull, they will die trying, so you are best of to have them in male female altered pairs, and no other dogs in the house.
BTW I have 2 a male Tonka he is 9 and a female Ruffian, she is 11.