A Japanese breed of hunting dog, the Shiba Inu, has become a common sight in Taipei streets in recent years. Some social media users, however, have taken to social media to question how a dog, indigenous to Japan, came to become so popular in Taiwan.
A recent post on Reddit, captioned “Shiba in a moped” showed the adorable dog, sitting at attention with a little red cape on its back, patiently waiting for its owner’s return.
The photo received many upvotes, but one social media user questioned: “Has anyone else noticed that Shibas are a huge trend now?”
According to the Reddit user, he doesn’t live in Taiwan but often visited on a yearly basis prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A few years ago, he noted that almost “every single person had a white Maltese”, which he coined as “purse dogs.” However, these days, all he can see are purebred Shiba Inus.
The social media user admitted that he is a big fan of Shiba Inus, but he is starting to feel guilty, especially when he sees “packs of wet, hungry Taiwanese mountain dogs with no homes.”
His question was soon answered by another social media user who explained that it was probably down to the fact that Taiwan and Japan share a lot of the same culture and pursue the same trends.
Taiwanese people’s love for Japanese culture extends far greater than fashion or style, as in this case, their dogs are also on the track to becoming the new “ambassador” of Taiwan canines.