Shiba Inu Vs Corgi – Which is Better? Dog vs Dog
Shiba Inu vs Corgi – Which is Better?
These small dog breeds are quite similar in
size, weight, and cuteness, and they are both
extremely popular on the Internet.
But you want to know more than just who can
win an Internet popularity contest don’t you?
Let’s examine the Shiba Inu and the Corgi
and decide which may be a better pet for you.
While there are, in fact, two Corgi breeds:
Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Cardigan Welsh Corgi,
in this video we focus mostly on the Pembroke
Welsh Corgi since they are more popular.
But much of the information applies to both
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The bloodline of the Shiba Inu goes back to
300 B.C., when there were six breeds of dogs
named after the regions of Japan from which
It is a basal breed whose job was to hunt
small game in the brush.
As a matter of fact, the word “shiba”
means brushwood and “inu” is the Japanese
word for dog.
In the first two decades of the 20th century,
shibas were nearly rendered extinct due to
But, through the efforts of hunters and preservationists,
they were spared the death knell for a brief
During World War II they faced extinction
again, due to a food shortage, and yet again
during a distemper epidemic in the 1950s.
In the aftermath of these crises, the three
surviving lines were crossbred, resulting
in the version of the Shiba Inu that exists
Although this breed was introduced to the
U.S. in 1954 by a military family, the first
litter wasn’t born until 1979.
In 1993, the Shiba Inu was recognized by the
American Kennel Club.
The lineage of the Pembroke Welsh Corgi goes
as far back as 1107 A.D.
It is believed that they were brought to Wales
by Flemish weavers who settled there.
They were originally bred to herd horses and
Corgis are celebrated as the favorite breed
of Queen Elizabeth II.
She enjoys their companionship so much that
she has owned more than 30 during her reign.
At present, corgis are gaining popularity
in the U.S., but are considered “vulnerable”
in the United Kingdom.
The downward trend is thought to be caused
by a 2007 ban on tail clipping and a shortage
of breeders in the U.K.
In 2014, the corgi was placed on the AKC ‘s
“Vulnerable Native Breeds” list when the
number of registered dogs dipped to less than
The breed was dropped from the “At Risk”
list in December 2017 when 456 pups were registered.
Size and Appearance
The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original
Japanese dog breeds.
Males range in height from 14 to 17 inches,
while females tend to be slightly smaller,
13 to 16 inches.
It has a stocky, athletic build and its facial
features are very similar to those of a fox.
The Shiba has a short, “double coat” of
The outer coat is coarse and straight, with
guard hairs that protect the skin and are
rain and snow repellent.
The undercoat is soft, thick and serves as
a barrier to frigid winter temperatures, as
does its tail, which it curls up to cover
its face and nose while sleeping.
Shibas have a grey, buff or cream undercoat
with an outercoat that is black and tan, red,
or sesame (black-tipped red fur).
Sometimes, big things come in small packages
and the corgi is the perfect example of this.
A “true dwarf” breed right down to its
name (Corgi means “dwarf dog” in Welsh),
the average corgi stands 10 to 12 inches,
with males weighing in at 27 to 30 pounds
and females weighing about 25-28 pounds.
It is long like the dachshund and has short,
muscular legs and a thick chest.
Like the Shiba, the facial structure and ears
of the corgi are similar to those of a fox.
Their coats are prone to excessive shedding
and come in red, fawn, sable and black and
tan, sometimes with splashes of white interspersed
Temperament and Family Life
The Shiba Inu is known for its bold, independent
Although it is loyal and affectionate to those
who reciprocate that loyalty and affection,
they can be guarded when dealing with strangers,
and aggressive toward other canines.
They are also quite possessive when it comes
to their food, toys and territory.
When a shiba is unhappy or stressed, it will
let out a loud, high-pitched “shiba scream.”
It will also make the same sound when it is
very excited or happy.
Shibas take pride in their cleanliness and
constantly self-groom to maintain an unsoiled
Their compulsive nature makes housetraining
If their human takes them outside after meals
and naps, some pups will even train themselves.
Corgis are very affectionate in general, love
to socialize with other pets and are eager
to please their humans.
Their desire to please combined with their
exceptional intelligence, makes them ready
and willing to learn, and easy to train.
Natural-born herders, corgis are compelled
to chase anything that moves, so they should
be confined when not being walked.
Their inclination to herd may also incite
some young corgis to nip at their humans’
While they are pups, it is very important
to encourage socialization with humans and
other animals, in order to discourage aggression
and anti-social behavior.
Trainability and Intelligence
Although highly intelligent, Shibas have a
reputation for being one of the most difficult
breeds to train.
They are quick learners but are stubborn,
independent, and want to do things their own
way, so training requires plenty of patience.
Shiba humans must pay attention to their dog’s
preferences and develop personalized training
plans to suit their needs.
One method is to use a bit of psychology to
make the Shiba think that obedience training
is his or her idea.
Aversion training should be avoided.
Trust will be broken and the strong-willed
Shiba will respond aggressively to this type
They will not give up, nor back down.
Corgis are also highly intelligent, intuitive
If not trained properly, they will take advantage
of the situation and assert themselves as
the dominant species.
That said, it is imperative that the roles
in the relationship be established in a firm,
but affectionate manner so that the dog is
able to retain some of its independence.
The trusting, eager to please nature of the
corgi makes them fairly easy to train.
They will do whatever it takes to earn praise
from their humans, so positive reinforcement
is a great training technique for this breed.
Corgis also love to be the center of attention.
As long as all eyes are on them, they don’t
mind performing a task or doing a new trick.
Which do you think is a more desirable trait
in a dog?
A strong will or the constant need for attention?
Shiba Inus are a moderately active breed that
adapts well to different active lifestyles.
In addition to being walked daily, they respond
well to hiking, playing ball, slow jogging
and climbing stairs, but of course, the exercise
plan will vary depending on the disposition
and energy level of the Shiba.
Since they are inclined to seek prey, it is
very important to keep the Shiba on a simple
leash when walking or hiking.
If it is particularly excitable, a harness
might be a more useful restraint.
Since Welsh Corgis were bred to herd, they
need plenty of exercise to burn excess energy,
and keep their minds occupied.
They are also prone to excessive weight gain,
so regular exercise is a must in order to
avoid spinal problems caused by the strain
of too much weight being carried under a long
In addition to regular walks, Corgis should
be taken out at least twice a day for strenuous
activities such as jogging, running alongside
a bike or on a treadmill, playing fetch or
playdates with dog pals—sans leash.
“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”
It is imperative that both Shiba Inus and
Corgis get sufficient exercise to deter them
from chewing household items and digging up
Health and Lifespan
Shibas are a particularly healthy breed overall
and they have an average lifespan of 12 to
But like any other breed, they are vulnerable
to certain diseases and infirmities.
Common health issues include eye disorders
such as glaucoma, cataracts and progressive
To be sure that there are no eye existing
eye problems, it is important for Shiba Inus
to visit the ophthalmologist regularly.
Hip and knee conditions like hip dysplasia
and patellar luxation, are also ailments that
are seen more frequently in Shiba Inus than
in other breeds, as is chylothorax (the accumulation
of fluid in the chest cavity).
Female Shibas that have not been spayed are
susceptible to pyometra, a serious bacterial
infection of the uterus.
Although this infection can occur in any female
dog, it is seen more often in Shibas.
Therefore, Shiba owners who do not plan to
breed their females should be sure to have
In general, Corgis are not prone to poor health
and their average lifespan is 12 to 15 years,
but their physicality makes them more likely
to develop certain afflictions related to
their short legs and lengthy spine.
Back conditions in any breed can be catastrophic.
It is important that afflictions such as progressive
spinal degenerative myelopathy and intervertebral
disc disease be treated quickly, so that the
Corgi’s quality of life is affected as little
Like the Shiba, eye problems such as cataracts
and retinal dysplasia (a condition in which
the retina can detach causing complete blindness)
are very common in Corgis.
Other health problems unique to Corgis include
Von Willebrand Disease (a blood disease similar
to hemophilia that occurs in humans), cutaneous
asthenia (a condition that causes the skin
to lose its elasticity) and patent ductus
arteriosus (a vascular system disorder in
which unoxygenated blood bypasses the lungs).
With proper diagnosis, patent ductus arteriosus
can be surgically corrected.
Now that you’ve mulled over a blow by blow
comparison of the Shiba Inu and Pembroke Welsh
Corgi, which one of these amazing breeds best
suits your lifestyle, “knocking out” the
other to win this edition of “Dog vs Dog?”
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