Adoption status: Adopted!


Hi, my name is Coco and I’m a 6 year old Red female Shiba Inu born in Japan. I still have all my fancy paperwork too. I’ve lived my entire life with one family and my sister, Ashley, a 6 year old Black and Tan Shiba who is also from Japan. Recently, my family brought me to DCSIR and I was very nervous my first night and I panted a lot but my foster mom played ball with me into the early morning and so I trusted her. I’d never worn a harness in my life, but once I had it on it was so comfortable that I really enjoy my walks. But I’m not an ‘easy’ Shiba. I want you to pet me on my terms.

So you’ll need to know how to properly communicate with me, and I’ll be giving you kisses in no time! DCSIR says I’ll need a Shiba or similar breed-experienced family. If you are very nice, gentle and patient and you have yummy food I’ll probably warm up to you really fast. I met some other dogs and am okay with them, but my sister doesn’t want other dogs getting to close to me. She’s pretty protective and DCSIR thinks we should stay together, but they’ll know more in 2 weeks. I’m very gentle and easy to handle and I learned how to walk in a harness in just a few hours, so I’m real smart too. I think cats are prey and I’ll try to snatch them up in my mouth, so I can’t go to a home with kitties. I’m really well behaved in the home and would do best where my sister and I could be the center of attention. We probably won’t do that great in dog parks, but we’d love to go on walks and hikes with other dogs as long as no one gets too close.

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DC SIR is a non-profit, volunteer-run network of foster homes in the Washington, DC area.

DC SIR does not have a shelter facility. To meet our adoptable dogs, interested adopters can attend one of our monthly adoption events.