The Shiba Inu was bred to be a hunting dog for the ancient people of Japan. These dogs can be strong willed and without proper socialization and obedience training may not be the breed for everyone. With proper training Shibas are wonderful, loyal usually long lived companions. Shibas can be active but also quiet. They need activity to keep them happy and can be a good family dog but older children do best with this breed. This breed loves to go for walk but can never be off leash because of its hunting tendencies.