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Shiba Inu
Japón FCI 257 . Asian Spitz and related breeds

Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu It is the smallest of the six original and distinct breeds of dog Japan.



The Shiba Inu It is an ancient breed of Japanese dog. It is also known as Shiba or Shiba Ken. Shiba means “small” and “Inu” or “Ken” means “dog” in Japanese.

The Shiba It is the smallest of the six recognized Japanese dog breeds.

Historical representatives of the breed were much smaller and short-legged than current specimens. Mountain farmers kept them as farm dogs and to hunt small game and birds.. They could develop independently of other races and changed little. Towards the end of the 19th century the British brought their English Setters and Pointer. As a result, the Shiba Purebred became a rarity within a few decades. Almost a hundred years ago the breed was almost extinct. Around the year 1928 early breeders began to revive the breed and in 1934 established an official standard. Internationally, the FCI tells it in the Group 5 “Spitz-type dogs and primitive type” in the section 5 “Asian Spitz and related breeds”.

Physical Characteristics Shiba Inu

Translated “Shiba Inu” it just means “Little dog”. In fact, the Shiba Inu, weighing up to 13 kg, is the smallest representative of the six breeds of Japanese dogs recognized by the FCI.

The Shiba Inu is an original dog and a close relative of the wolf. Its appearance is reminiscent of a fox, especially with reddish specimens. Triangular standing ears stand out, the small slightly triangular eyes, as well as the curly tail, which is very close to the back. The hard and straight top coat can have the colors red, black tan, Sesame, as well as black or red sesame. Sesame” in Japanese dogs it means a mixture of red and black hairs. All colors must have the call “Urajiro“. They are whitish hairs on the muzzle, the chest, cheeks, as well as in the lower part of the body and inside the extremities.

Shiba Inu character and skills

The Shiba Inu is a perceptive and independent dog that never fully submits. In general, is lively, entrepreneur, affectionate and brave. He doesn't like to share his “properties” like baskets, food or toys with other dogs. But, with good socialization, living with other pets is possible. Relatively little thief, but can communicate with other sounds in complex ways. He is reserved and very reserved with strangers. You have a strong will and can convince your caregiver of your qualities. With his strong self-confidence you will have to compete with him at first, what can be a big challenge. But, the dog remains calm and collected and is never aggressive. If you acquire some authority, the Shiba is an affectionate and faithful four-legged companion.

Shiba Inu puppy education

The Shiba Inu he is a demanding dog that is difficult for beginners to understand. You need an owner who can cope with your complex and stubborn character. He never gives up his independence and needs a consistent and loving education. Punishment is not appropriate for sensitive dogs, because they are not only sensitive but also resentful. Even for experienced dog owners, stubborn dog can be a challenge. So, it will be a while before he accepts you as a higher ranking dog. For essential socialization, it is recommended to attend a dog school.

Activities with the Shiba Inu

Depending on how you are, the Shiba Inu can be very agile. Likes to decide for himself when he feels like moving, but he needs his daily walks. Depending on your character, some representatives of the breed are suitable for dog sports. If they make sense of it, Japanese dogs can be convinced of agility. Dogs can also be great companions when jogging or cycling. The strong hunting instinct coupled with the dog's stubbornness allows it to run freely without a leash only in rare cases. Preferred activities vary greatly from dog to dog. The owner's motivation to convince the dog of the benefits of an activity is also decisive. Silly recovery games or tricks are not very attractive to these serious dogs. This intelligent breed wants to understand the meaning of a task.

Shiba Inu health and care

The Shiba he is a robust and easy-care dog. But, you should brush their fur regularly. Loses its dense undercoat twice a year during coat change. If you don't want to fight with large amounts of hair at this time, you should regularly brush the dog to remove loose hair. Overall Shiba it is a clean and odorless dog, who is said to be clean as a cat.

With regard to health, the breed is one of the most robust breeds, but you should avoid great efforts in hot weather. Dogs feel more comfortable in the cold and snow. When it comes to nutrition, you should opt for a high-protein, high-meat diet.

Does the Shiba Inu suit me?

If you are looking for a demanding dog with a strong charisma, the Shiba Inu It will make you happy. It is a very clean dog, whose fur has little inherent odor. In general, the Asian dog breed is suitable for self-confident people who want to deal seriously and intensively with their dog. Beginners should refrain from buying this dog, despite his beautiful appearance. If you are sure of the breed, it is better to look for a breeder that belongs to an approved club. For a purebred puppy with papers you can calculate between 800 and 1500 EUR. Representatives of this breed are occasionally found in the shelter looking for a new home..

Shiba Inu curiosities

in his native country, Japan, the Shiba It is not only a “National Natural Monument”, but together with the Akita Inu is the most popular companion dog. Due to its unique appearance, these dogs are also very popular in social media today. The Shiba most popular is probably the male Maru Taro (@marutaro) from the Japanese city of Nezu with more than 2,5 million subscribers on Instagram. Among Internet friends since 2013, the call Doge Meme has become particularly well known. It consists of a photo of a Shiba and a rudimentary text in English. The most used photo shows the male Kabosu, a dog adopted by the kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato.

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Characteristics "Shiba Inu"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Shiba Inu" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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hair loss strength ?

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Joy ?

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 5: Spitz and primitive types
  • Section 5: Asian Spitz and related breeds. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Group 5: Spitz-type dogs and primitive type – Section 5: Asian Spitz and related breeds.
  • AKCNon-sporting
  • ANKCGroup 6 (Utility)
  • CKCGroup 6 – Non-Sporting
  • ​KCUtility
  • NZKCUtility
  • UKCNorthern Breeds

FCI breed standard "Shiba Inu"

FCIFCI - Shiba Inu

Alternative names:

1. Japanese Shiba Inu, Japanese Small Size Dog, Japanese Brushwood Dog, Japanese Turf Dog, Shiba Ken (English).
2. shiba inu (French).
3. Shiba-ken, Shiba Inu (German).
4. Shiba (Portuguese).
5. Japanese Shiba Inu, Japanese Small Size Dog, Shiba Ken (español).

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