Shiba Inu Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shiba Inu so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginJapan flagJapan
Other Names
What other names does the Shiba Inu have?
Japanese Shiba InuJapanese Small-Size DogShibaShiba KenBrushwood Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?

Shiba Inu Price and Availability

How much does the Shiba Inu puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Shiba Inu?
If you choose to purchase the Shiba Inu, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Shiba Inu for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Shiba Inu gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Shiba Inu? How many Shiba Inu are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Shiba Inu is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.

Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.

Shiba Inu Size

Is a Shiba Inu small, medium or large dog?

How big do Shiba Inu get?

How much does the Shiba Inu weigh? How much should the Shiba Inu breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Shiba Inu?
Male: 18-25 pounds (8-11 kg), Female: 15-20 pounds (6.8-9 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Shiba Inu?
Male: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg), Female: 17.5 pounds (6.8.5 kg)
How tall is the Shiba Inu? Shiba Inu height:
Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Shiba Inu?
Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Shiba Inu Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Shiba Inu have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Shiba Inu's coat?
How to groom the Shiba Inu and how often?
Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Shiba Inu is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Shiba Inu dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Japanese Shiba Inu?
Shiba Inus shed above average. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type. If you don't like vacuum cleaning, you might have to reconsider your choice of having a puppy from the Shiba Inu breed.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Shiba Inu need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Shiba Inu every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Shiba Inu Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Shiba Inu have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Shiba Inu? Is the Shiba Inu breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Shiba Inu ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Shiba Inu dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Shiba Inus aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
How playful is this breed?
Average: Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Shiba Inu sensitivity:
Shiba Inus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Shiba Inu a good family dog?
Average to High: Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Japanese Shiba Inu need? Shiba Inu social needs:
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Shiba Inu dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Japanese Shiba Inu bark?
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Shiba Inu good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Shiba Inus will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Shiba Inu dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Shiba Inu can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Shiba Inu will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Shiba Inu bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Japanese Shiba Inu? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shiba Inu? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Shiba Inu has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Shiba Inu? How much bite force does a Shiba Inu have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Shiba Inu bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Shiba Inu, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shiba Inu do?
Shiba Inus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shiba Inus need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Shiba Inu to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shiba Inu roam?
The wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shiba Inu have high prey drive?
Shiba Inus have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Shiba Inu good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Very house-friendly dog the Shiba Inu breed. It's good if you have a small garden where he can go out and do his business, but it's not important at all. You can get enough exercise with one or two walks a day, so keeping them indoors shouldn't be a problem.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Shiba Inu be left alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Shiba Inu Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Shiba Inu temperament with other people:
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shiba Inu dogs get along with other pets? Are Shiba Inu dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Shiba Inu dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shiba Inu temperament with children:
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Shiba Inu dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Shiba Inu breed live with a cat?
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Shiba Inu good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shiba Inu dogs get along with other dogs?
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Shiba Inu breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Shiba Inu breed suitable for first-time owners?
Shiba Inus are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Shiba Inus good office dogs? Do Shiba Inus make good office friendly dogs? Can Shiba Inus be office dogs?
Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shiba Inu dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Japanese Shiba Inu temperament with senior people? Are Shiba Inu dogs good for elderly owners?
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.

Shiba Inu Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Shiba Inu dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Shiba Inu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Shiba Inu breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Shiba Inu breed? Most common health risks of Shiba Inu:
AllergiesCancerChylothoraxEpilepsyGlaucomaHip DysplasiaHypothyroidismPatellar LuxationProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Spinning
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Shiba Inu breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Shiba Inu see the vet?
The Shiba Inu should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Shiba Inu dogs live? How old can a Shiba Inu be? What is the age limit of the Shiba Inu? How many years can the oldest Shiba Inu live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Shiba Inu?

11-15 years
The average lifespan of Shiba Inu: 13 years
Is the Shiba Inu breed hypoallergenic?
Shiba Inus don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Shiba Inu have? What is the activity level of the Shiba Inu?
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Shiba Inu need? How much exercise do Shiba Inu dogs require per day?
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Shiba Inu breed need?
Shiba Inus are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Shiba Inu need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Shiba Inu breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Shiba Inu? How much food should I feed my Shiba Inu?
Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shiba Inu risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Shiba Inu's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shiba Inu can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Shiba Inu drool?
The Shiba Inu is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Shiba Inu could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Shiba Inu.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Shiba Inu As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shiba Inu be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Shiba Inu is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shiba Inu be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Shiba Inu be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Shiba Inu is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shiba Inu be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Shiba Inu is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shiba Inu be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Shiba Inu is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shiba Inu be a boat dog?

Not really

Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shiba Inu be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Shiba Inu is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Shiba Inu dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Shiba Inu Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Shiba Inu pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Shiba Inu breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Shiba Inu: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Shiba Inu have in a litter? How many puppies can the Shiba Inu breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Shiba Inu have? How many puppies can a Shiba Inu give birth to?
2-4 puppies

Shiba Inu Recognition

AKC Group
Is Shiba Inu recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Shiba Inu recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Shiba Inu breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel Club

Shiba Inu Pros and Cons

  • Apartment Friendly: Very house-friendly dog the Shiba Inu breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Shiba Inu is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Shiba Inu has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Shiba Inus don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Shiba Inus shed above average.
  • Mouthiness: Shiba Inus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: The wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Cat Friendly: Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Shiba Inus are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Shiba Inu History

The Shiba Inu’s history goes back thousands of years, and it can be traced back to Japan’s Joman period, which dates all the way back to 7000 BC. According to historians, the ancestors of the Shiba Inu were owned by the Jomonjin or Rope-Pattern people. However, there have been disagreements about whether the breed arrived in Japan from northern Asia or Korea, but most experts agree that the breed has descended from dogs that accompanied people who arrived in the first or second major migration to Japan. This also proves that the Shiba has been present in Japan between 2300 and 10000 years, which makes the breed not only the smallest of Japan’s six original and distinct spitz breeds but also its oldest. Moreover, even Japan’s oldest historical document, called the Sihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan) notes the importation of dogs from the Asian continent and it also indicates that these dogs were often used for hunting in the underlying brush in the mountains of Japan. According to the National Geographic, Shibas are also genetically similar to wolves, further proving the point that it is among the oldest domesticated dog breeds.

Furthermore, outside influences did not really have any impact on japan for centuries because the country had closed itself off and effectively kept native dogs relatively pure and true to their original selves. However, by the end of Japan’s Tokugawa period, which lasted from 1603 until 1867, everything has changed. An American naval officer, called Admiral Perry, arrived with gunship, and Japan was forced to enter the global community. Foreigners started to export other breeds to Japan and Japanese enthusiasts enjoyed the new breeds at the expense of their own native breeds. This shows how western influence was one reason why the original Shiba Inu started to become diluted from crossbreeding. Only some rural regions still maintained the integrity of the breed as these areas had less access to foreign dogs.

Inu, of course, is the Japanese word for dog, but where the word “Shiba” came from is still being debated. Shiba actually means “brushwood” in Japanese, red-colored vegetation common in the areas where the Shiba hunted, often by Samurai during the period of the Kamakura Shogunate. On the other side, it has also been suggested that “Shiba” may have meant “small” in an obsolete dialect and that the breed was named for its small size. Whichever is the right answer, the name ‘Shiba Inu’ was officially coined in Japan in the 1920’s. At that time there were not many Shibas left in the original form but a number of Japanese dog lovers acted up to save the breed from extinction. Not so much later in 1928 the NIPPO, the Association for the Preservation of the Japanese Dog, was created by Dr. Hiroyo Saito. In the next three years, the NIPPO successfully campaigned the Japanese government to designate the Akita Inu as a Japanese National Monument. In 1936 the NIPPO achieved its goal in getting the Shiba Inu declared a Japanese National Monument as well. Unfortunately just like among other breeds, many Shiba Inu died during World War II in bombing raids. After the war ended, many breeding programs were re-established using those dogs that survived in remote rural areas. The remnants of the various bloodlines were combined to produce the breed as we know it today.

According to sources, the first Shibas entered the US in the 1950s who went with the military returning from Japan. However, it was not until 1993 that the breed gained recognition by the American Kennel Club, and since that time the breed has become increasingly popular.

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Shiba Inu Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Hello its me

    Jul 1, 2022, 11:18:52 PM:

    Hello Shiba inu one of the best dogs He is loyal intelligen protective But the obstacle that may cause a problem that in some countries like lebanon kiwait saudi arabia etc shiba inus are tooooo expensive

  • My luv

    Feb 8, 2022, 10:43:10 PM:

    Shiba inus an husky’s and golden retriever’s are the best dog breeds

  • Lol!!

    Feb 8, 2022, 10:41:50 PM:

    Shiba inus are the best.

  • Its me

    Feb 8, 2022, 10:41:04 PM:

  • Hiiii

    Feb 8, 2022, 10:40:31 PM:

  • Koko

    Feb 8, 2022, 10:38:59 PM:

    My advice to u If you want a dog who will fit or suits all people’s situations and conditions the best choice is shiba inu. Thx for reading

  • Shiba inu

    Feb 8, 2022, 10:33:50 PM:

    Shiba inus are so great also they’re so friendly in addition to that they are a good condition if you want a dog which suits small spaces or small apartments. Thank you for reading.

  • Soma

    Sep 29, 2019, 11:09:05 AM: