Japanese Shiba Inu

Other name: Japanese small size dog

Photo: adult dog of Japanese Shiba Inu breed
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Life expectancy

The Japanese Shiba Inu has a life expectancy of between 13 and 16 years




Adult size

Female Between 14 and 15 in
Male Between 15 and 16 in

Adult weight

Female Between 13 and 22 lb
Male Between 13 and 22 lb
Coat colour
Black Red
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Japanese Shiba Inu costs between £1230 and £1470

More details about the Japanese Shiba Inu

Japanese Shiba Inu: Origins and history

The Shiba Inu is a very ancient dog breed and a native of the mountainous area of central Japan. Nobody knows for sure about his ancestors but it is a safe bet to say that he has the same ancestors as other known Japanese breeds. In Japan, the breed has been protected since 1936 due to crossbreeding with English breeds that were impoverishing his genes. The Shiba (which means "little dog") was originally used for wild boar and fox hunting. It was not until 1985 that the first Shiba was introduced into the UK.

FCI classification of the Japanese Shiba Inu

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 5 : Asian Spitz and related breeds

Training a Japanese Shiba Inu

Here is the weakest attribute of the Shiba Inu’s breed: its docility! It can be very difficult to get this dog's cooperation. If he is not interested in doing what is asked of him, he does not obey and can be very stubborn.

His education will have to start from puppyhood and should focus on controlling his strong hunting instinct.

Training must be firm while remaining respectful of the principles of positive reinforcement training.

Japanese Shiba Inu: Purchase price

The price of a Shiba Inu varies according to its origins, age and gender. The average cost for a Shiba dog registered with the Kennel Club is £1470. 

Regarding the average monthly budget needed to maintain a Shiba, it approaches £30/month depending on the quality of his diet and the care needed to keep him in good health.

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