Shiba Inu

Non-Sporting Group

Two Shiba Inu dogs standing in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 13.5-15.5 in, Males 14.5- 16.5 in

Weight

Females ~17 lbs, Males ~23 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-16 yrs

History

The Shiba Inu (pronounced "shee-bah een-ew") is a basal breed that originated in Japan around 300 BCE. They were bred to hunt small game in the rugged mountainous region of Chubu in Japan. Shiba Inu almost went extinct after World War II when food shortages and an outbreak of the distemper virus nearly wiped them out. Three bloodlines remained, all from separate regions of Japan. These bloodlines were combined to produce the modern Shiba Inu, the most popular dog breed in Japan.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Shiba Inu will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Have a spirited, bold, and fiery personality

Known to be protective of toys, food, and territory

Very loyal and affectionate to their family but can be reserved towards strangers

Make a distinctive noise called the "Shiba scream" if they are upset

Independent and stubborn and are only obedient if they see a good reason to be

Talented escape artists, especially when they're chasing something