Dog Breeds > Shiba Inu
|Alternate Names||Small Japanese Dog|
|Group||Spitz and Primitive Type|
|Section||Asian Spitz and Related Breeds|
Shiba Inu Profile
The Shiba Inu is a small, well-proportioned dog with a strong structure, robust bones and good muscles. It looks much like a miniature Akita Inu. Its head has a large forehead, well-developed cheeks, accentuated stop, right bevel, and black truffle. A flesh-colored truffle is permitted on white dogs. Its snout is moderately thick, not too long, and pointed. Its eyes are rather small, slightly triangular, set well apart and dark brown. Its ears are small, triangular, very straight and tilted slightly forward. The withers is high, and the back is short and straight. The paws are straight and well developed. The tail is set high, appears thick and is carried above the back, heavily wrapped and forming a sickle.
Fur: strong and straight, with a soft and thick undercoat.
Color: Black and tan, red and white, sesame (an equal mixture of white and black hairs), or red sesame (background of red hair mixed with black hair).
Size: 36.5 to 39.5 cm.
Weight: 6 to 10 kg.
Character and Abilities
It is a small and very active hunting dog. Always moving, the Shiba Inu is friendly with everyone but it can be a “barker”. In Europe, the Shiba Inu is primarily a pet and exhibition dog, but, despite its small size, it is also a very good hunter of hares, foxes, and even bears. Cheerful and friendly, the Shiba Inu loves to play and is a great companion for children. However, it is not very obedient and tends to be independent.