Originally Posted by skintight
o lawd that's exactly the type of dog i want. i've heard they're quite rambuctious though, and i'm not sure they'd be suitable for apartment life. any thoughts on that?
Yes. We (my girlfriend, but we share custody) have one already. She just turned three, and she has not been easy. The short answer, if you mean apartment life like a lapdog, is a firm and definite No. They are big dogs in small dog bodies.
They need exercise. A lot of exercise. They need intelligent exercise, too - not just sticking them in the backyard. They need to be worn out playing games, chasing sticks, solving puzzles, that sort of thing. They are super, super curious
, and if they're not dead tired by the end of the day they will
start destroying things. Leaving them in an apartment all day every day is out of the question. They get into things, explore things, pull the sheets off your bed, take your pillows apart to see what's inside, that sort of thing. They are very clever, they are very interested. Ours gets 2-3 walks a day (long walks, involving stick chasing, exploring, off-leash snuffling, frisbee catching), and we leave her with puzzle toys, chewy things, squeaky animals, etc.
Rambunctions is not really the right word, but they know that they depend on you for exercise, food, and all the stuff they want, and they will make your life miserable (on purpose) until you give them what they want. A lot of people call them cat-like, which is sort of true.
Oh, also: search youtube for 'shiba scream." yes, they really do that when they are upset - if they get touched inappropriately (brush their tails the wrong way, trim their nails, bathe them when they don't want it)
That said, I adore ours and cannot wait for number two.