• Est. birth date: 12/18/2016
  • Male, neutered
  • 27 lbs
  • Microchipped
  • Heartworm negative
  • Current on vaccinations
  • Adoption Fees

Tuna is fostered in Chicago, Illinois. 

Tuna is a very high energy, healthy, and sweet-natured young shiba.  He gives tons of affection in the form of kisses and cuddles, and he loves to run around with his foster mom along the beach - he gets lots of compliments from admirers of his regarding his good looks and charm!  Once Tuna gets to know you, he loves for you to pet him and give him long belly rubs.

Tuna is only one and a half years old and still exhibits puppy behavior, such as chewing on most anything that is left within reach as well as jumping on people in greeting.  Obedience classes as well as lots of structured home training are highly encouraged so that Tuna learns to the etiquette that is expected of him.  So far, he has been very receptive to training, and has learned ‘sit’ and ‘down’.  He is currently making good progress on ‘stay’.  Tuna is house-trained and has had very few accidents thus far.

As mentioned previously, Tuna has a lot of energy and is very enthusiastic about living!  He would do best in a home that can provide him with a securely fenced yard to run around in (he can jump, so a high fence is a must), or one where his parent(s) have plenty of time to take him for long fast-paced walks and a run here and there.

In his previous home, Tuna did not experience much exposure to other dogs at all.  While out on walks, Tuna shows a high interest in other dogs and will sometimes bark aggressively and attempt to jump on them.  With training, he is becoming better at restraining himself.  During his time in foster care so far, Tuna has hung out with a couple other shibas and did okay with them after initial slow introductions, though he was not enthusiastic about their presence.  He does resource guard, more so around other dogs than with humans, so it is important to set his environment up accordingly.  If going to a home with another dog, it will be extremely important that the parent(s) are very deliberate and careful with introductions and feeding.  Tuna has strong jaws and can be aggressive if put in the wrong situation.  Given his strong prey drive, it is not recommended that Tuna share a home with a cat or other small pets.

Tuna previously lived with four young children and reportedly did fairly well with them.  While in foster care, he has not had any exposure to young children.

Tuna is an incredibly sweet soul and has lots of love to give.  He will require patient care and training, especially around socialization, but he is well worth it.  His foster mom gets the sense that he is really looking forward to becoming part of someone’s family.  If you would like to learn more about Tuna, please contact his foster mom at katherinepamina@gmail.com.  


Any one interested in adopting this dog must first complete an adoption application indicating the name of the dog(s) they are interested in learning more about.  Once the adoption application is received, our adoption coordinator will contact you.  You must respond to this email to set up your home visit and complete the approval process.  The entire adoption process is outlined on our web site.

NOTE: Due to the breed's independent and prey driven nature, Shibas should ALWAYS be leashed whenever they are outside of a securely fenced area.  In addition, many Shibas are door bolters and care should be taken around doors and other escape points.