Shiba Inu

The smallest of the Spitz breeds native to Japan, the Shiba Inu is a new, but popular dog breed. Shiba Inus are a loyal, affectionate companion dog.
Shiba Inu Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


14-17 Inches


20-30 Lbs


12-15 Years

Shiba Inu Information

The Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed of dog. They are the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog native to Japan.

They are compact dogs with a thick coat that can be either black and tan, red, or sesame, with a bright red urajiro on their cheeks, sides of the muzzle, inside the ears, around the eyes, on the underbelly, and underneath the tail.

The Shiba Inu has a cat-like face with triangular eyes that are small and dark. The tips of their triangular-shaped ears fold forward, and their tails curl over their backs. They have a compact, muscular build with short legs and a broad head.

The Shiba Inu is a relatively new breed, having been developed in Japan in the early 1900s. They were originally bred as hunting dogs and were used to hunt small game such as birds and rabbits. However, they quickly became popular pets among the Japanese people and are now one of the most popular dog breeds in Japan.

Shibas are loyal, loving, and affectionate dogs that make great companions. They are also known to be escape artists, so it is important to keep them properly confined.

Shiba Inu Exercise Needs

The Shiba Inu is a relatively active breed that needs plenty of exercise. They are known for their love of hiking and walking, and will happily go on long walks with their owners.

They also enjoy playing fetch and other interactive games.

Shiba Inu Training

The Shiba Inu is an intelligent breed that is relatively easy to train. However, they can be stubborn and independent at times, so it is important to be firm and consistent with training.

They respond best to positive reinforcement of treats or praise.

Shiba Inu Health Issues

The Shiba Inu is generally a healthy breed with few health issues. However, they are prone to hip dysplasia and allergies.

Shiba Inu Grooming

The Shiba Inu has a thick, double coat that sheds twice a year heavily. They require regular brushing during these times to help control shedding.

They must also be bathed as needed, but not too often, as this can strip the natural oils from their coat.

Breed Identification





Breed Care


Once a week


Up to 1 hour per day


Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation

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