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Shiba Inu

SHiba Inu

Alternate NamesSmall Japanese Dog
GroupSpitz and Primitive Type
SectionAsian Spitz and Related Breeds

Shiba Inu Profile

Robust (Health)
Supports Loneliness
Need Exercise
Easy To Maintain
Easy to Train
Nice Child
Agreement with Animals
First Dog
Able to Guard

Physical Characteristics

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.

Origins and History

The Shiba Inu originates from the mountain region at the center of Japan. We don’t know for sure who its ancestors were. In Japan, the breed has been protected since 1936.

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.

Living Conditions

Given its small size, it adapts well to apartment living, provided that it goes outside several times a day and can spend energy. It can become destructive and unhappy if always kept indoors. It prefers to live in a house with a garden. Its fur is very easy to clean.


It is a very robust dog that lives for a long time.

Average life expectancy: about 13 years.

Information and Tips

Not really popular in France until few years ago, the Shiba Inu is now very sought after.

Shiba Inu Articles


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