Just as I thought I’d be going back empty-handed (in picture taking terms), there they were at the end of the pathway.
When I say they, I mean Phoebe (10 yrs) and Jasper (11yrs), a fantastic pair of Shiba Inu. I’ve seen them about a fair bit but not since I started the blog and am really pleased to get them up here.
The Shiba Inu is one of the smallest of the six native breeds from Japan originally bred for hunting. In fact, Inu is Japanese word for dog and Shiba means “brushwood” and could refer to a particular tree or shrub whose leaves turn a shade of red. As this breed was used to hunt in wild shrub, the term may have been used to describe the similar red colour of the breed’s coat. But also in the local Nagano dialect, Shiba means small, and the Shiba Inu is sometimes known as the “Little Brushwood Dog”.
According to the owner, Shiba Inu are independent and intelligent making them tricky to train. He seemed to have them well under control though, but this could have had something to do with the titbits of Edam cheese he fed them for a treat.