The Shiba Inu is an independent pet. Here is your informative A-list of Shiba Inu. The Shiba Inu is also known as Japanese Shiba Inu, Japanese Small Size Dog or Shiba Ken. The nickname is Shiba. This Shiba Inu was originated from Japan. The six Japanese native breeds are Akita Inu, Hokkaido Inu, Kai Inu, Kishu Inu, Tosa Inu and Shiba Inu. Shiba Inu Dog is the smallest breed among them. The “Shiba” means little or brushwood and “Inu” means dog in Japanese language. The Shiba Inu is also known as little brushwood dog. They were bred for hunting bear, boar or small wild game. Shiba Inu Dogs are excelling in agility training, guarding, hunting, tracking and performing tricks. They were recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1992. Today, Shiba Inu is a popular family pet in Japan.

Facts about Shiba Inu

  • Temperament – The Shiba Inu is agile, alert, brave, charming, confident, energetic, intelligent, kind, lively and playful. The Shiba Inu is a big dog in a small dog’s body. Shiba Inu Dogs are affectionate with family and they need lot of attention from family. They can get along with children, dogs or cats if they raised with them since puppyhood. They have strong hunting instincts. Do not mix them with other pets as birds or rabbits. Early socialization is good for Shiba Inu puppies because they tend to be aggressive to the same sex of dogs. They can pick up obedience training easily. They will reserve with strangers and they are a good watch dog. They enjoy outdoor activities and they are a wonderful travel companion. A confident and experienced owner is more suitable for Shiba Inu.
  • Appearance – The Shiba Inu has a compact and small-sized body. They are like the small version of the Akita Inu. They have a broad forehead and they come with a pair of triangle-shaped dark eyes with black eyes rim. They have a pair of small triangle-shaped erect ears. The nose is black and the teeth are close in a scissors bite. They have a square muzzle with a moderate stop. The neck is sturdy and thick. The front legs are straight and the hind legs are strong. They have a thick tail which carried over the back. The Shiba Inu has a thick double coat. The outer coat is straight whereas the under coat is soft.

Here are some Shiba Inu pictures

Shiba Inu Breed Information

Size Small
Height 33 – 41 cm (male and female)
Weight 6– 11kg (male and female)
Colour Red, red and black, black and tan
Group Non-sporting Breed Dog
Life Span 12 – 15 years
Litter Size Average 2 – 4 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed
Grooming Requirements Weekly brushing is needed. This dog breed is a heavy shedder
Environment Indoor
Barking Average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, NKC, ACR, FCI, AKC, KCGB, ANKC, NZKC

The Shiba Dog is prone to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) or patellar luxation.

Here is a list of cute dog names for your Shina Inu puppy.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may search for Shiba Inu puppies for adoption from Shiba Inu rescue or look for Shiba Puppies for sale from Shiba Inu puppy breeders.

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