Fredi is a Shiba Inu, a breed native to Japan that may have been used for hunting as early as 300 B.C. In Japanese,“Inu” means dog. "Shiba" means brushwood, a type of tree whose leaves turn red in the fall (similar to the most common color of this breed), but it can also mean small or tiny. Thus, "Shiba Inu" can be translated to "Little Brushwood Dog." The first Shiba Inu was brought to the United States in 1954 by an armed service family. Their popularity has continued to grow in the States, and they are still the most popular companion dog in Japan.
In the arms of love.
The Shiba Inu, like many ancient dog breeds, is associated with traits such as independence, intelligence, and a bold spirit. Because they were originally bred to hunt, they have a high prey drive and should always be kept on a leash unless they’re in a very secure area. An interesting characteristic of the Shiba Inu is that they like to be clean, going out of their way to avoid puddles and dirt and even licking their paws and legs much like a cat.
Fredi is a winner in more ways than one.
Although a Shiba Inu can be reserved toward strangers, they are loyal and affectionate toward people they trust and respect and are generally known for their good nature.