Shiba inu

Other name: Small Japanese dog

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The Shiba Inu is a lively and very intelligent dog. Small, but well proportioned, he has a strong personality. Despite his independent character, he is very loyal and protective. He is not the most cuddly of dogs, but has many qualities that will delight young and old. He is sincere and faithful in his approach as in his approach. However, he is difficult to educate because he does not obey easily. Its health and its maintenance are assets because they do not require a lot of time. Finally, the only main flaw: it is a born barker.



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Hair type Short
Origin Japan
Template Small
Head shape Square
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 6 kg to 10 kg From 35 cm to 38 cm
Male From 6 kg to 10 kg From 38 cm to 41 cm
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History of the breed

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Physical features

His coat: is hard and very rough and the undercoat softer and very dense.
Its color: different dresses are accepted such as red, black or red sesame and black and tan. Sesame means very black hairs are mixed with the rest of the hairs, especially on the back. Cream and white or pinto (white over 50% of the body with asymmetrical markings) Shibas Inu are found, but they are not part of the breed standards.
Its head: sports a skull with a broad forehead and a rather thick muzzle which decreases in width towards the front. The truffle is black.
His ears: quite small and triangular in shape, they are well erected and tilted forward.
His body: is strong with a straight back. The muscles are well developed, but the general pace remains light.
Its tail: is thick. It is carried upright upwards and rolled up on itself inwards.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Shiba Inu is a fearful dog , but very protective . He has a reputation for not being very affectionate, but it really depends on how he’s been brought up. On the other hand, he is always very faithful . It is a very alert and attentive animal. Quite domineering , he does not always get along with other males. Nevertheless, he greatly appreciates the presence of his master , even if he also likes his independence and some moment of his own, of solitude . He is very playful , especially with children. He will be a very good goalkeeper for them.

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The Shiba Inu is a so-called primitive dog, that is to say that his breed has not been modified very much by man and his instincts are more developed . As a result, his education is not the easiest . The master must know how to show authority without violence and be rigorous especially in the first months of the puppy. As he is naturally not very docile, it takes patience to teach him the basics. Teaching him tricks is possible if we reward him with each success. Education must remain positive to build the dog’s confidence. Learning to recall follows the same rules of positive rewards. It will also be necessary, at a very young age, to socialize it with children, babies and other animals.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

This dog can live in an apartment as long as it is taken out very often. Several walks per day are necessary. A house with a garden will suit him perfectly , but will not exempt from a few outings. Very active, he could otherwise destroy everything in his path since he needs to spend daily. It is a dog ideally made for life in the country or in a house with a garden , in which it can stroll, run and flourish.


Ease of gaining weight

The Shiba Inu does not pose any particular health problems . It is a hardy breed that rarely gets sick and is not affected by serious genetic diseases . He is even a dog that ages well. If properly monitored by the veterinarian for vaccines, dewormers and usual care, the Shiba Inu will live quite old. This is to watch out for cold or heat and ticks. The male Shiba, however, has more concerns than the female since his mouth area can be infected. Some digestive concerns are to be noted as well as small allergies.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 3 puppies

Major concerns
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Minor concerns
Hip dysplasia
Patella dislocation
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Shiba Inu dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Shiba Inu is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Shiba Inu sheds its covering hairs a little all year round. However, it is subject to 2 main moulting periods : in spring and in autumn. At this time, the undercoat falls in bundles , it’s impressive. You even need a good vacuum cleaner. On the other hand, its hair is self-cleaning . If it gets dirty, just let it dry in the shelter and the dust will fall to the ground by itself. Her dress, however, requires regular brushing to allow it to keep its shine and beauty.

The Shiba Inu does not need frequent baths . One or two a year is enough, because it is clean and its coat is not smelly. It must be brushed with a card daily during the moulting period . You can brush it against the grain to give its fur more volume. It will be advisable to check the state of his teeth , his mouth in order to avoid any development of infections of which he is subject.

As with all breeds, their nails should be cut regularly to avoid the risk of cracking, which can cause pain. Since the nails of dog’s paws harbor blood vessels, it is essential to see a veterinarian or groomer if you are new to the subject.

In order to preserve your teeth , it is also important to brush them . This treatment eliminates the accumulation of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Shiba Inu is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

900 €
1000 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Shiba Inu is between 900 € and 1000 €.

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The diet of the Shiba must be based on so-called traditional food , that is to say based on high-end kibble . These can only be found in a pet store or in a specialized store. It is important to check that the daily ration is in line with the energy expenditure of this dog who could be overweight if he is overfed. His food is divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

This dog needs a lot of outings . He therefore needs a fairly athletic master who likes to spend time outdoors. It is possible to play sports with him.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1964


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