The Shiba’s Place in the Dog World


 What is this breed called Shiba? What are its origins, similarities and differences compared with other breeds more familiar to Americans? The very beginning of the Shiba’s long trek to the present era is widely held to be somewhere in the vicinity of Mesopotamia, surrounded by what is known today as Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq. In this, scholars agree with the Biblical account of the origin of the “first” dogs—i.e., the new beginning of the species after the Great Flood. Whether Noah had separate accommodations for wolves and dogs, or to put it another way, whether Canis familiaris, Canis lupus, and similar dog-wolves had diverged long before that, is of little concern...