Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu History/Evolution:

The Shiba Inu is the smallest and perhaps oldest of the six dog breeds native to Japan. Of Spitz heritage, the Shiba was originally developed for hunting small game and boar. Although the bombing raids of World War II and distemper nearly caused the breed to die out, bloodlines were interbred to produce the breed as it is known today. Alert watchdogs and adaptable companions, the Shiba Inu has established itself as the number-one companion dog in Japan.

Shiba Inu Size:

Small to medium; females 131/2 inches to 151/2 inches, males 141/2 inches to 161/2 inches; 18 to 25 pounds.

Shiba Inu Color:

Red, red sesame, black/tan, black sesame, and brindle; may have white markings.

Shiba Inu Temperament:

Bold, spirited, headstrong. Shiba Inu Adaptable and well mannered if properly exercised. Reserved with strangers; an excellent watchdog.

Shiba Inu Energy level:


Shiba Inu Best owner:

Active owner in a rural or suburban home.

Shiba Inu Needs:

Daily vigorous exercise, leash, fenced yard, early and continuing obedience training, socialization, brushing once a week.

Shiba Inu Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.