Shiba Inu Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Low/Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, if brought up with them
  • Health Clearances:OFA
  • Weight:20-30 lbs
  • Height:Male: 14.5-16.5; Female: 13.5-15.5 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any

Shiba Inu Coat

The Shiba Inu has a thick double coat. Outer coat should remain stiff and straight. The undercoat should be soft and thick. This breed has bushy hair on its tail and its hind legs.

Shiba Inu Character

This agile breed is playful and energetic. Lively, charming, and affectionate, this breed can also be independent while demanding attention from his master. The Shiba Inu should not be kept around small animals but can do well with cats.

Shiba Inu Temperament

The Shiba Inu is intelligent, alert, and makes a good alarm dog at times. This breed can be prone to barking. This breed can prove to be a handful if not handled by an experienced owner as they tend to be wilful.

Shiba Inu Care

The Shiba Inu has a coat that is fairly easy to groom. Rubber brushing does well with the coat of this dog to remove dead and loose hair. Seasonally a heavy shedder, many owners rely on regular professional grooming to keep shedding to a minimum. Do not bathe this dog regularly as it will remove the waterproofing this breed retains.

Shiba Inu Activity

The Shiba Inu is not recommended for kennel life and should be kept as a member of the family as he loves attention. An average sized yard would suit this dog well; however regular walks can be sufficient.

Shiba Inu Health and Life Expectancy

There are a number of health problems to look out for with the Shiba Inu, and these include luxating patella, HD, thyroid problems, and allergies. Other than this the Shiba Inu appears to be a relatively health and hardy breed. The parents of the Shiba Inu puppy should have OFA certificates.