Dog Breeds

Shiba Inu Dog

We elaborate the Shiba Inu dog breed with Shiba Inu Temperament, training, appearance, size, weight, life spam and much more information about this breed.

Other names: Japanese Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu Puppy Appearance

In Japan, this breed is called the Most Popular Dog. It has a moderate, compact and powerful body, a curly tail and small erect ears. He has the temperament of a large dog in a small body. Height ranges from 13 to 16 inches.

Shiba Inu Weight

Males: 23 pounds.

Females: 17 pounds,

Shiba Inu Size

Males stand: 14.5 to 16.5 inches tall
Females stand: 13.5 to 15.5 inches tall
Average life span

13-16 years.

Shiba Inu Temperament

They are highly intelligent and natural primitive, retaining strong hunting instincts. It is a breed with feline similarities: they hate being dirty, they are always cleaning themselves, they are very independent and they also have climbing skills.

It is a kind, dignified and independent breed of dog by nature. They are reserved with strangers and prone to being aggressive towards other dogs. He is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. This is an exceptionally clean dog so it is easy to keep him around the house. Its territorial nature makes it a good watchdog. They are normally quiet dogs and will not bark unless there is something disturbing. If he is raised with children he will be good with them, but if the dogs are already adults, they can have problems adjusting to the little ones. They are not suitable in a home with another animal. They have a unique bark that can sound like a Tyrolean chant.

Many Inus Shiba are escape artists, they will try to go over or under fences in search of adventure. To keep it safe you will need fences taller than you can imagine for its small size. Their ability to climb also makes it necessary to have a fence capable of containing them.


This breed is not suitable for all people due to its independent, strong and dominant character. They require a firm hand and early socialization and consistent obedience training to make them understand who’s boss.


Their fur needs to be brushed and groomed weekly. It should be bathed only when necessary as its natural coat is waterproof.


They need a lot of exercise to fulfill their natural tendency to move. It is essential to regularly allow them to discharge their energy and use their minds to do things that appeal to them. Otherwise, you will get bored and can make up for it through destructive chewing.

Health. Patellar Luxation

Slipping in the knee joints (also known as a dislocated patella or spilled fluid) is a common problem in small breeds. In this condition, the kneecap slides out of its groove and moves against the thigh bone (femur) rather than in its natural groove. Although it is a hereditary condition, small and active breeds tend to develop it as a result of their natural activities (jumping from one place to another around objects such as furniture and others).

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

It is a group of diseases that involve all the gradual deterioration of the retina. It is diagnosed by retinoscopic examination using an electroretinogram (ERG). Early in the disease, affected dogs begin to suffer from night blindness and lack the ability to see in low light, and later day vision also fails. As their vision deteriorates, affected dogs can adjust to their disability very well, as long as their environment remains constant. Some breeds are affected early in life, while in other breeds, PRA develops much later.

Hip malformation or dysplasia

results in a poor fit between the head of the femur bone and the acetabulum of the hip. This condition can be alleviated by surgery, although with consequences for dogs and owners since dogs with dysplasia usually produce puppies with the same condition. Buyers should ask if both the sire and dam of the puppy they are interested in have been recently tested and are free of hip dysplasia. Don’t take yes for an answer without seeing a certificate and ask for a copy to take to your vet.

Shiba InuHistory

It is the oldest and smallest breed of Japanese dogs, dating back to the 3rd century BC. His ability to traverse steep hills and mountainous regions that were inaccessible to men, coupled with his excellent senses, made him an excellent hunting dog. Initially used for small game hunting, it was also used occasionally to hunt wild boar.

There are different theories on how the Shiba got its name. It has been referred to as the Little Scrub Dog due to its skill in the bushes. The most widely accepted theory is that the Japanese word “Shiba” means small. Therefore, the description of the breed: Shiba (small) Inu (dog). Whatever the origin, the official name of Shiba Inu was not given until the 1920s. The origin of the breed itself is partly inherited from the Pomeranian dog and is the oldest of the Japanese dogs.

After World War II the breed declined in numbers and was almost completely extinct due to canine distemper in 1952. The 3 remaining Shibas bloodlines: the San Shiba, Mino Shiba and Shin Shu Shiba, were crossed to repopulate the breed such and as it is known today.

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