Molly the Shiba Inu

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This cutie is Molly! She is a 9 month old Shiba Inu!

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The Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed of hunting dog, used for small game like birds and rabbits. In Japanese “Inu” means “dog.” The origin of “Shiba” isn’t as straight forward. A “Shiba” is a Japanese shrub, its leaves turn red in Autumn; however, in old Nagano dialect it also means “small.”  

The Shiba Inu is extremely independent. They can be very reserved with strangers, but are extremely loyal and affectionate with their owners.

The breed was almost extinct during World World II due to food shortages and a widespread canine Distemper outbreak. An Army family introduced the United States to the Shiba Inu in 1954. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1992.

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Shiba Inus have a double coat; their thick undercoat provides insulation to the dog in both summer and winter, their outer fur is short, coarse, and water repellant. The breed doesn’t need to be bathed often, but benefits from a good brushing, especially in Spring and Summer because of shedding. You should never cut or shave a Shiba Inu, this can damage their coat and cause the hair to never grow back correctly.   

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Famous Shiba Inu owners include Ozzie Osbourne’s daughter Kelly, and Daniel Dae Kim from the television series Lost.  

Famous Shiba Inus include YouTube sensation “Mari,” “Bodhi” featured in ads for Menswear, and adorable “Manu Taro,” “Manu” has over 50,000 followers on Instagram!


Do you have a pet that sheds seasonally like a Shiba Inu? We would love to help! Give us a call to book your dog's grooming appointment today! 518-346-2030


Our groomer Darlene Galli has been a professional dog groomer for over 20 years. She has been our full-time groomer since we opened in 2010. River Road Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Niskayuna, NY. Our mission is to care for your pet with compassion and excellence. We treat dogs, cats, and small pocket pets. In addition to general medicine and surgery, our facility also offers a boarding kennel, doggie daycare, and grooming services.