Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu

The bold, spirited Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed originally developed to hunt birds and small game on mountainous terrain. His small, dense body is marked by prick ears and a curled tail on a stunning soft, thick double coat, which should be brushed regularly. Independent, loyal and affectionate, he excels as a watchdog and companion. Moderate exercise from leash walks or in a fenced yard is a must for this active, agile breed.

DID YOU KNOW? In Japanese, the word “shiba” means “brushwood,” describing the breed’s hunting grounds, while “inu” means “dog.” The Shiba Inu is commonly referred to as the “Little Brushwood Dog.”

ALSO KNOWN AS: AJapanese Shiba Inu, Japanese Small Size Dog, Shiba Ken

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog

Pet Card

  • Living Considerations: Good with children, not hypoallergenic, suitable for apartment living if adequately exercised
  • Size: Small
  • Height: Males – 37 to 42 centimetres, Females – 34 to 39 centimetres
  • Weight: 8 to 10 kilograms
  • Energy: Medium
  • Colour: Black and tan, cream, red, or red sesame with white markings
  • Activities: Conformation, Agility, Hunting, Tracking
  • Indoor/Outdoor: Both

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