Shiba Inu

Posted on January 19th, 2017

The Shiba inu is a dog breed that was originally bred to flush birds an small mammals. He is one of the six native japanese dog breeds: Akita, Kishu, Kai, Hokkaido, Shikoku. He is known for his spirited personality, small upright ears, and cat-like agility. Today he serves primarily as a companion dog in Europe and most parts of the world.

Shiba inu Information

Alternative Names:

Shiba Ken

Country of Origin:


The Shiba Inu is the smallest and oldest of the Japan’s native breeds. It was bred to flush birds and small game and was occasionally used to hunt wild boar. It has great cultural significance in Japan and is considered a natural monument. It came close to extinction after WW II. Most Shiba Inu are now kept as pets. It was first brought to the U.S. in 1954.

Physical Description:

The Shiba Inu is a foxy, medium-size, compact, and well muscled dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. It had a broad head with dark, upward-slanting eyes; a black nose; and small, erect ears. It is double coated with a dense outer coat in red, sesame (black-tipped hairs on a red background), or black with tan points. The undercoat is cream, buff or gray.


13.5 to 16.5 inches


The Shiba is an athletic medium size dog and weight about 15 to 25 pounds. He moves quickly, nimbly, effortlessly.


The Shiba Inu is an alert, curious, intelligent dog with a lively, fun-loving personality. It is independent and know to wander.

Activity Level:


Best Owner:

This breed does well with an active owner in a city, suburban, or rural home.

Special Needs:

Fenced yard, leashed, socialization, training

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