I have been asked many times what it is that I love about this breed. This Nihon ken is usually not affectionate in the usual ways and has a very independent nature which means she keeps you at an arm's length.
They like to be around you but not touching you, and definitely not on your lap... unless you're at the vet. Mya is not an exception. Though I dream of her excelling in agility since she is a very spirited, agile and nimble trackster, we flunked out because she would rather go on her own terms. She will gladly take treats from my hands but not before sniffing every piece to make sure I know I still have to earn her trust. She is proud, she is dignified and expects to be served. A fellow shiba inu lover puts it aptly:
"Ever meet that hot guy our girl that's so beautiful you think they are out of your league? they always treat you like they can live without you and hardly ever give you the time of day. However there are those brief moments where they look at you with those eyes, cuddle with you for a minute or two that makes being "together" in this seemingly one-sided relationship worth it? And afterwards you go back to followimg them around like a lovesick puppy-dog picking up after their shit and putting up with their antics?
Yeah, owning a Shiba is something like that..."
Thanks, Jesse, for putting words into my thoughts!