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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

The Shiba Inu is a member of the Non-Sporting Group.


Male: average 23 lbs.; female: 17 lbs.


Male 14.5 – 16.5 inches; female: 13.5 – 15.5 inches


The coat may be red, red sesame (red with black overlay), or black and tan with cream to white ventral shading.


The Shiba Inu sports a thick, double coat that provides great insulation. The soft undercoat is dense. The strong, stiff outer coat is straight.



This dignified breed wears a strong and confident expression. The Shiba Inu is alert and intelligent.

Country of Origin:



The Shiba Inu is the smallest of six Spitz-type breed in Japan. Perhaps they hunted as early as 300 B.C. Their role involved flushing birds and small game in the dense cover of the mountainous areas. They sometimes hunted wild boar. Three main bloodline types were identified with three areas of Japan. The Shiba Inu received recognition as a precious natural product of Japan. Their numbers seriously declined during World War II, but revived as Japan’s favourite breed.


Shiba can mean brushwood or small. Shiba Ken, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Dog. Nicknames: Shiba, Little Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-size Dog.


This independent dog is bold and forthright. The spirited Shiba Inu has a good nature.



Provide plenty of socialization as a puppy. This breed will get along with some animals if they have been brought up with them. They are trainable. With their fastidious nature, they are easy to housebreak.


Allow a good daily workout. Activities can include a game in the yard, a long walk and a run in a secured area. This breed may chase small animals. The Shiba Inu is adept at hunting, tracking and performing tricks.


Provide an average-size yard where the dog divides his time between indoors and outdoors. This affectionate dog needs to stay inside with his family. The Shiba Inu is moderately active indoors. Do not leave alone outside. Always be in control of this pet. Never leave alone with small animals. This breed travels well.


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