Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu dog was bred to hunt small game animals and birds and was often used for hunting wild boar.


The Shiba Inu had been bred to flush and hunt rabbits and birds. Shiba was living in the mountainous regions of the Chubu region. Throughout the Meiji Restoration, western breeds of dogs were brought and crossed, and local Japanese dog breeds became famous. From 1912-1926, virtually no pure Shiba remained.

Physical Appearance

The Shiba Inu coat is orange-red, cream to white ventral color, and black-tipped hair on deep red background.


14.5 to 16.5 inches (male)

13.5 to 15.5 inches (female)


Twenty-three lbs. (male)

Seventeen lbs. (female)


13 to 16 years


  • Wonderful
  • Courageous
  • Self-confident
  • Attentive
  • Loyal

Susceptible Diseases

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Glaucoma
  • Tumors
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Chylothorax
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hip Dysplasia

Care and Grooming

The Shiba Inu need regular brushing and bathing. This dignified dog can be bathed as often as weekly but no less than once every six weeks. Appropriate drying and bathing methods should be used to keep the skin and coat of this lovely dog in good shape.