The relationship between Shiba Inu and Wolf

It is said that dog is the lineal descendant of wolf. The wolf that once lived in Japan was called Nihon ōkami (Japanese wolf).Japanese have been treating wolves with respect since ancient times, and they have been called 大神 (Japanese - ōkami , pronounced the same as wolf (ōkami), meaning a great god), worshiped as a god who rejects calamities, and have been in awe.


Japanese wolves have a wide muzzle, a pointed mouth, and a robust jaw compared to other wolves.










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Unfortunately, Japanese wolf is considered to be extinct in 1905 after being captured in Nara Prefecture.


Shiba Inu is an ancient dog breed that has inherited the blood of wolves since ancient times. And in Japan, which is an island nation, it has evolved on its own route without being affected by foreign dogs, so it can be said that it is a very unique dog breed in the world.