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Shiba Inu


Shiba Inu Facts

  • Group
  • Non Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 13.5" - 16.5"
  • Weight
  • 15-28 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Cream
    • Red
    • Tan
    • Silver / Grey
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Shiba .


The Shiba Inu originated in Japan.

Date Of Origin

This breed has existed in Japan for over 2,500 years, dating it back to at least 500 B.C.


The shiba inu is the smallest and oldest of 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 WWII. Most shiba inu are now kept as pets. It was first brought to the U.S. in 1954.


The shiba inu is a foxy, medium size, compact and well muscled dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. It has 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, or black with tan points. The undercoat is cream, buff, or gray.


The shiba inu is an alert, curious, intelligent dog with a lively, fun loving personality. It is independent and known to wander.


This is an amiable, much appreciated companion dog used also for hunting small game and for guarding property.

Health Concerns

Eye problems, heart problems, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas.

Additional Information

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

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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