Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is an independent aloof little dog that are reluctant to show their feelings. It is known to be a quiet dog that hardly ever barks at all.

These small dogs are reserved around strangers and can be problematic with unknown dogs, unless they have been well socialised from a young age.

Shiba Inu Facts

Shiba Inu

Exercise Requirements:      3 star rating

Good with Children:             4 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       zero star rating

Good with Other Pets:         4 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 36.5-39.5 cm (14.5-15.5 in)

Weight: 8-10 kg (18-22 lb)

Coat: Hard, straight outer coat with a soft dense undercoat

Colour: Red, red sesame, black and tan, white

Lifespan: 12-13 years

Special Characteristics

These dogs are alert, playful and enjoy being around people. These dogs would also be described as confident, lively, friendly, quiet, independent and spirited.

Exercise Requirements

These dogs are classed as having medium exercise requirements, they do enjoy joining in with activities that are going on around them. They will be happy with two good walks each day.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Are aloof and affectionate towards their owners.

Children: Usually good around children if raised with them.

Other Pets: Good if raised with them.

Strangers: Will be reserved and aloof around strangers.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Can be problematic around unknown dogs. Early and often socialising is recommended with this breed.

What to Watch Out For

A determined owner is best suited to this breed because they are known for being rather strong-willed. Can be problematic around other dogs when out on walks.

Health Risks

Just two health risks to take note of with this breed including; patellar luxation and hypothyroidism.

Ideal Owner

The owner best suited to the Shiba Inu would be experienced with dogs and be strong-willed. The owner will need plenty of time spare for training, playing, socialising and exercise with the dog.

More Photos

Shiba Inu with white fur coat Shiba Inu with black and tan fur coat

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