Shiba Inu breed information, pictures and more...

Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu

Japan, 3. Jh. v. Chr.

AKC Non-sporting Dogs, FCI Group V.: Spitz and Primitive types, TKC Utility
Dogs 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
Bitches 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Dogs 20-30 pounds (9-14 kg)
Bitches 18-28 pounds (8-13 kg)
13-16 years
2 to 3

The Shiba Inu is a small, compact, agile furry dog that looks like a miniature Akita. Its outgoing personality, convenient size, and good nature have made it the most common pet in the Japan. This is not a dog for the faint-hearted as it is a large animal in a small body. This dog needs to have human interaction and should not be left alone in the back yard. Unique vocal sounds its bark may sound like a "yodel". It will usually only bark when it has reason.


Red, salt and pepper, black, black and tan or white.


Harsh, straight, clean, coarse, stiff, short-haired coat. It is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush to remove the dead hair and bathe only when absolutely necessary as it removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. The waterproof, all-weather coat protects the dog in both cold and hot conditions. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.

Health Issues:

This breed is generally hardy and healthy with few genetic weaknesses. A small proportion of Shiba Inus have histories of hip dysplasia and PRA, some lines are prone to patellar luxation (slipped kneecap). To minimize the risk of your Shiba Inu developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a dog from a reputable breeder.

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