I am childfree, which means I neither have nor want children. I am quite happy with the idea of having Shibas and other dogs instead. I can tell you that my “puppycrap” meets or exceeds the amount of my friends’ “kindercrap” strewn about the floor. Tierce even has annoying toys! Such as the stuffed toy vampire that he enjoys running around with, that says “I vant to suck your blood!” in classic Bela Lugosi style.
I have always maintained that a Shiba can do just fine with kids, provided the kids are trained to respect the dog’s boundaries and the dog is trained to respect and obey the kids. This alone would probably make a Shiba better for families with slightly older kids, but there must be some families out there who have had Shibas around infants and toddlers without problems.
Despite the above, in my online travels, it has occurred to me that more than a few of the Shiba people I have encountered over the years don’t have kids or seem to have plans to have any. Now, this isn’t the result of careful study and data gathered through personal questions; this is just my impression!
Do the childfree, childless and empty nesters gravitate to the Shiba more than families?