At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 20 - 30 lbs.

Height: 16"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years


Also know as: No Nicknames.

Group: Non-sporting

Origin: Japan

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Guard Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: These dogs are descendants of an ancient Asian breed. These dogs are related to the Akita, Chow Chow, Kyushu and Spitz types. They were originally bred to hunt small game and birds. The breed almost died out during WWII, then came to the USA in 1954.

Temperament / Behavior
The Shiba-Inu is a confident, lively, loving, independent and active breed. The breed tends to be alert, playful and affectionate. Early and ongoing training recommended.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Generally very healthy. May be prone to a few genetic problems: PRA; hip dysplasia; patellar luxation (knee-cap slips)

Special Needs
Exercise: Moderate exercise recommended for the Shiba-Inu; at least two walks per day and play sessions to run free. This dog is not reliable when off a leash. This breed makes a good house pet if it receives enough exercise.

Grooming: Your Shiba-Inu's thick, double coat needs daily brushing. This breed is generally neat, clean and easy to groom. Do not bathe regularly.


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