Shiba Inus are a fun loving and dominant dog that is capable of being a great and useful companion on for hunting or fishing, or for simply being a great friend to you and your family. They are a notable dog from the mountains of Japan, and having one could be quite interesting.
So the question is: when is the best age to breed a new Shiba Inu? And the answer is around 1 ½ years to two years old. This is because their body has become used to their heat cycle, and is now ready to reproduce with few complications, and the best results.
Of course there is more to know about breeding a new Shiba Inu, and the information that I have for you will definitely make this process easy on both you, and the Shiba.
The Best Age to Breed a New Shiba Inu
Because they can be so exclusive at times, having a Shiba Inu can be an exciting endeavor! However, if the store is all out of them, you may have to get one the old fashion way: by mating one.
So, it’s good to know when the best time to breed a Shiba Inu is; and the best age for this to happen is between 1 year and 2 years old. By this time, the Shiba Inu has been exposed to the world, and has gone through the puppy phase successfully.
With that being said, waiting until they are about 18 month, and no longer than 24 months, or after their first two to three heat cycles – is the optimal time and age to start creating new and improved Shiba Inus.
Why This Is The Best Age
As cute as they are, Shiba Inus are known to have some congenital birth defects that could impair their mating and and breeding capabilities at a stage that is too early, or too late. One of these congenital issues include heart issues.
Shiba Inus have strong hearts during their prime years, but it takes time to build it up to this point, because as young pups, their heart has the power to become too strong from them; thus, causing problems that could lead to hospitalization.
Also the new Shiba has gone through the process of strengthening their body, and surpassing the early age of any potential joint pain. The joints affected by this usually are the hip and elbow joints.
So giving your new Inu about 2 years to learn their body, and actually grow is an imperative part of the process for excellent breed.
Understanding the Heat Cycle of Your Shiba Inu
Yes, you must be aware of your Inus heat cycle in order to render the best shot for pregnancy, and consist of Anoestrus, proestrus, oestrus, and diostestrus
You see, your Shiba Inu will go into heat about twice per year. Due to this, there aren’t many opportunities to get this part right, so knowing the signs, and paying attention to when they are starting, and when they are over is important to breeding successfully and carefully.
During this time, your Shiba will enact several behaviors that will let you know that she is ready for a mate, and that it should happen soon before the window closes. This is an important feature of their heat cycle.
Once it has begun, your Shiba’s heat cycle is basically maturing her body, signaling to both her and you that she is ready to start having some pups.
How Long the “Heat” Last for Shiba Inu Reproduction
The “heat” within your female Shiba Inu can usually last anywhere between 2 and 4 weeks.
This is due to the fact that their bodies are slightly more complex than that of a Human, and require more time to become adjusted to potentially being pregnant.
The time frame can be shorter for new Inus, simply because the few initial adjustment phases of the cycle and getting used to it.
Just know that although it’s about 3 weeks on average for them to be in physical lust, it will for sure last for more than one week, but won’t exceed 4 weeks long.
Signs of Your Shiba Inu Being in “Heat”
The signs of your new Shiba Inu Being in “heat” are quite evident, and may even seem a bit off-putting, but it’s totally normal.
One sign that you’ll notice is the old fashion “butt-rub on the carpet ” or licking; and this is due to the sensation that they are feeling in their genital region that are seeking to be fulfilled. Her teats may become bigger and size and prominent in color, and morning sickness will occur.
Another extremely noticeable sign that will peak your interest is your Inus’ vulva, or outer part of their vagina. The Shiba Inus’ vulva will become bigger and size, and may even commence small discharges of clear bodily fluid, or even blood, as an indicator that they are ready to be bred.
Although this may sound like a lot, the Shiba is pretty good about cleaning up their biological waste before you can even tell that it’s there, which is where more licking comes into play.
Choosing the Right Mating Day
Dictating the correct mating day for breeding your Shiba Inu can be a challenge considering that there isn’t a particular day that is the right choice; however, starting the process 2 or 3 days after the noticing the initial signs of your Inu being in heat could be an optimal time.
The best factors to determine the right mating day include shots -whether or not she’s had them all, and if they are taking effect; there’s also making sure that your dog is healthy and strong enough for this to happen.
Once you see that your Inu is experiencing signs of heat, and you know that they are healthy, anywhere within the 2 to 4 weeks of heat is an optimal time to introduce your female dog to a stud, and get the party started!
Things To Consider When Choosing a Good Male Shiba Inu
When it comes to mating, a good male Shiba Inu may seem aggressive at first because of their excitement to get started; and that is a very good sign. Factors that make a breeding male Shiba Inu – or “stud” – a great choice comes down to their health, temperament, and strength.
The health of the male is important because it must be in optimal internal health in order to have healthy organs and sperm production.
Their temperament is important because it will showcase if the dog is trained well enough to be cautious during the process, and gently with the pups, if the stud were to stick around.
Also, their strength is important too. Their energy is a performance indicator of that will inform you of whether or not they are strong enough to finish the task, and create new life.
Things To Consider When Choosing a Good Female Shiba Inu
When it comes to choosing a good female Shiba Inu to breed, first, it’s best to make sure that the girl has been through enough “heat” cycles to be properly prepared for pregnancy and birth. Their cycle is also attached to their overall health.
If the cycles are happening at least twice a year, and lasting no more than a month, your little furry girl is healthy enough for the breeding process. Another important factor is her temperament around other dogs, especially males.
Shiba Inus can be quite defensive, and take some time getting used to other dogs; so it’s best to know that your female should be introduced to the male, and not the other way around.
This is usually the period of when Pro-oestrus occurs; and if she begins to feel safe and sound, her tail will move to the side, which will expose her vulva, meaning that she is ready to accept a male mate.
How Long Are Shiba Inus Pregnant For?
Shiba Inu actually aren’t pregnant for very long. The average gestation period for a Shiba Inu is approximately 63 days.
Of course it has the capability to be a bit shorter, where the pups could be born within 50 days, and could also last a bit longer than average, but no longer than 72 days.
During this process, it’s best to keep your Inu as healthy and rested as possible, as this will help keep the gestation process as easy as possible for her. If premature labor happens around 50 days, then natural birth could occur, but a C-section is also a viable and cautious action.
If it takes longer than 70 days, then a C-section could be necessary in order to manually birth the babies, while at the same time, saving your Shiba Inu’s body from significant damages.
How Many Puppies Do Shiba Inus Usually Have?
Typically speaking, your female Shiba Inu will most likely produce a litter of about 2 to 3 puppies in once birthing session.
It’s impressive to know that the process has a high success rate, and that the pups come out healthy on average. In addition, it wouldn’t be shocking to see your Shiba Inu have 4 pups in a birthing session.
This is a common factor that occurs throughout the breed and causes no need for alarm. If the female Inu is big and strong enough, 4 could be your magic number; but on average, you can expect around 3, and surely no less than two.
Once born, the puppies are either released to a new owner for care and ownership, or the pups will stay with their mother, and be fed and cared for by the Inu mother, as well as the caretaker of the Inu mother.
This is a staple factor: avoid inbreeding at all cost! Why is inbreeding not a good choice for breeding new Shiba Inus?
Well, let’s start with health. Shiba Inus are already naturally laced with genetic and congenital complications like hip dysplasia and glaucoma.
If two dogs of the same bloodline are engaged to breed with each other, the pup is sure to be endowed with these same complications, and will most likely become more significant as time goes on, causing adverse effects to your Inus health.
Also, if they pup is the result of inbreeding, birthing complications can also occur that could end in a stalemate. Historically, their inbreeding coefficient has been very low, which is why they tend to be pretty healthy and strong dogs; and it’s important that it stays that way.
Natural mating tends to be one of the best ways to breed a new Shiba Inu. Why? Because you’re allowing nature to take its course!
With this happening, inbreeding is less likely to happen; which will lead to a typical birthing process.
A factor that could challenge natural mating is naturally finding a mate. When your furry girl is in heat, her body is demanding to be satisfied, and if she has to go look for the mate, it could be a long process; but outside of the search, it usually works out well for her.
In addition, natural mating is healthy for the fact that her body will choose a strong and masucline mate that will help her to birth strong pups to carry on their genes, and continue the Shiba Inu breed.
Auxiliary mating is basically having a middleman in the breeding process; and it consists of the female dog, male dog, and the dog breeder.
This is the mating style where a female Shiba Inu is purposely introduced to a male Shiba Inu for the sole purpose of breeding.
The breeder will set up an environment that will allow for the two dogs to get better acquainted; and once the deed is done, most breeders stick around throughout the gestation period to keep track of the process, and make sure that the female Inu is healthy.
Auxiliary mating occurs very often, as it is a heavy manner for birthing these special breeds, especially in countries outside of Japan where it can be the only option for creating more Shiba Inus.
Things to Keep In Mind After Mating (What to Do/What Not to Do)
After the mating process is complete, it’s imperative to allow your dog to rest, and let the gestation period begin.
Be sure to take full caution of your Shiba Inu’s health while she is pregnant, keep her calm, peaceful, and rested, while at the same time giving her some room for exercise to keep her body in optimal shape for the birthing process.
Once the birthing process is accomplished, let your dog rest for a while. Taking her to vet to make sure all of her shots are up to date, and to make sure that her body is healthy is the main point of this, and shows that you care about your Inu.
An important note for post-mating is to not breed her again until her next heat cycle; this will give her body more than enough time to heal from extenuating birthing process, and will allow her to produce another round of health Shiba Inus when she is ready, or when you are!