Group 6: Utility
Height: 35.5 – 41.5 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate to high
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 12 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Knowledgeable of the breed people & families.

Shiba Inu

About This Breed

The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the Japanese Spitz-type dogs. They were originally breed to flush birds and small game out from brushwood areas. They are good natured and quite lively.

The Shiba Inu are a smart dog but can be sometimes difficult to train, being independent and will sometimes choose to ignore your commands. So they need firm not harsh training from an early age. Good climbers, so fences are needed to keep them in, but they make loving loyal pets.

General Characteristics

Appearance: They are a compact dog with an attractive fox-like expression, brush like tails and hooded ears.

Temperament: The temperament is faithful, with keen senses (sensitive), and high alertness.

Characteristics: Hunting dog for birds and small animals; companion dog.

Colour: Red, Sesame (Red with an overlay of black), Black and Tan.

Coat: Double coat consisting of a soft under coat and a coarse guard hair outer coat.

Grooming: Their short coat requires minimal attention with occasional brushing and bathing being all that’s required except when they moult. At this time, usually twice a year, regular brushing is required.

Exercise: Plenty of exercise is needed to keep them happy and fit.