Hiro is my shiba inu; he’s a delight/terror all in one. He’s a purebred AKC-registered red-and-cream shiba. He was born on Mother’s Day (May 12, 2012); I got him in mid-August when I moved to Oregon. His breeder is Dee Van Arnam of Tenshu Kennels in Winlock, Washington; his parents are from Kawaimaisou Kennels in the same town.
I grew up with dogs my whole life; my mom tells me that I named our family’s toy poodle “Penny” when I was maybe three years old (it had something to do with her wetting the carpet, but I’d rather not get into that here). After finishing college, I waited nearly a decade to get a dog, so it seems only appropriate that the first dog I’d get would try my patience almost every single day.
It is true that Hiro may possibly be the cutest dog in the world (I’ve heard “He looks like a little fox!” more times than I can count…), but please, please, PLEASE do your homework before you take the plunge and adopt a shiba inu. They are extremely smart dogs that are shockingly manipulative. I love my dog, but I don’t love his “selective hearing” and his occasional indifference to authority. That’s part of his breed, though.
Luckily for me, though, he’s a bit atypical from most shibas in the sense that he loves everyone and almost every other dog he encounters. I hope that trait remains!
- Follow Hiro on Facebook at /HirotheShibaInu
- Find out more about the breed from the AKC
- Check out the National Shiba Club of America
I’ll continue to add photos to this gallery as I take them. They are roughly in chronological order. Enjoy!