Shiba Inu dogs have a lifespan of about 12 to 15 years lifespan.
This is quite impressive for a medium to large sized breed as these tend to live shorter lives. Shiba Inus also stand out in that they take about 6 to 18 months to become fully grown. At maturity, they weigh about 18 to 22 pounds and measure 13 to 17 inches.
These doggies are generally healthy dogs. However, they do have a few issues here and there that may require your attention. There are some of the most common ones.
Shiba Inus suffer from a number of allergies. These include food intolerances like gluten and animal protein allergies. They also may suffer skin allergies when exposed to things like pollen, some fabrics, chemicals, and parasites.
Fortunately, these allergies do not affect very many Shiba Inus. For those that are afflicted, it is very easy to deal with the problem once it is identified.
This is a condition where the pressure from the fluids within the eye increases. It could occur on its own or as a consequence of other underlying issues.
It could cause the Shiba Inu’s headaches and problems with visions. If not addressed on time, it could lead to damage of the optic nerve and eventually cause blindness. It is therefore important to stick to routine vet visits as early detection and care are the best way to prevent these complications.
These include hip and shoulder dysplasia as well as patella luxation. While not life-threatening, these conditions definitely negatively impact the quality of life that the Shiba Inu has. Fortunately, if you haven’t noticed any symptoms within the first 2 years of their lives then they are unlikely to suffer from these issues.