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Shiba Inu Names – The Ultimate List

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If you’re looking for Shiba Inu names, you’re in the right place. We’ve got the ultimate list of 250+ ideas.

A small, agile dog, the Shiba hails from Japan where it was originally bred for hunting in the mountainous terrain. The breed is spirited, bold and independent, and with its fastidious nature, some joke that it’s like having a cat in a dog’s body.

Shiba Inu Names

Of all the Japanese spitz breeds, the Shiba Inu is the smallest in size and comes in a variety of colors, most commonly red, but also black and tan, sesame or cream.

Naming a dog is a big decision, so take a look at the Shiba Inu names below and see if any are right for your new pup. And if you need more ideas, check out our online name generator.

Fun & Creative Shiba Inu Names

Let’s kick off the list with some fun, spunky ideas perfect for your new Shiba Inu.

  • Fox / Foxy – because the Shiba Inu looks just like a fox
  • Queen of Shiba – a fun play on the Queen of Sheba
  • Red – many Shiba Inus are red in color, so why not call it like it is?
  • Inu  meaning “dog” in Japanese
  • Kitsune – the Japanese word for “fox”
  • Tenko – a type of divine beast in Japanese folklore
  • Sassy – because Shibas are full of attitude
  • Tiny – at only 18-22 lbs, Shibas are pretty small pups
  • Shorty – they’re also pretty short at a mere 13-17″ tall

Another idea is to look into names inspired by your dog’s color. Look through our previous articles for hundreds of ideas:

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Male Japanese Shiba Inu Names

Paying homage to the Shiba Inu’s heritage, let’s look at popular Japanese names. A Japanese name is unique and recognizes the breed’s rich, storied history.

To get started, here are male Japanese names perfect for a boy Shiba Inu.

  • Aki –  bright / autumn
  • Akira –  bright / clear
  • Daiki –  great glory / great nobility
  • Haruki –  shining sun
  • Haruto –  sun flying
  • Hinata –  sunflower / facing towards the sun
  • Hiro –  generous
  • Hiroshi –  generous
  • Hitoshi –  motivated person
  • Ichiro –  first son
  • Itsuki –  timber trees
  • Jiro –  second son
  • Katashi –  firm
  • Kenichi –  strong, healthy first son
  • Kenji –  strong, healthy second son
  • Kenta –  large strong, healthy
  • Kichiro –  lucky son
  • Kiyoshi –  purity
  • Kouta –  great peace
  • Kyo –  cooperation
  • Masaaki –  pleasing brightness
  • Masashi –  righteous aspiration
  • Masaki –  great timber tree
  • Masato –  righteous person
  • Masumi –  true clarity
  • Nao –  honest
  • Naoki –  honest timber tree
  • Nori –  to rule
  • Norio –  lawful man
  • Osamu –  disciplined, studious
  • Ren –  lotus / love
  • Riku –  land
  • Rikuto –  person of land
  • Ryo –  refreshing, cool
  • Shinji –  true second son
  • Shinobu –  endurance
  • Susumo – to advance, proceed
  • Taichi – large first son
  • Taiki –  great radiance, shine
  • Takahiro –  of great value, nobility
  • Takashi –  prosperous, noble
  • Takumi – artisan
  • Taro –  large son
  • Toshi – wise
  • Yori –  trust
  • Toshiaki –  advantageous light
  • Yamato –  great harmony
  • Yasushi – peaceful
  • Yoshi –  lucky / righteous
  • Youta –  great sunlight
  • Yoshio –  joyful life
  • Yoshiro –  righteous son
  • Yuki – happiness / snow
  • Yukio –  blessed hero

Female Japanese Shiba Inu Names

Continuing the list, here are popular female Japanese names. Bright and beautiful, these names are a great choice if you have a female Shiba Inu.

  • Aiko –  child of love
  • Airi –  love jasmine
  • Akemi –  bright beautiful
  • Akiko –  bright child
  • Akira –  bright / clear
  • Asami –  morning beauty
  • Chika –  scatter flowers
  • Emiko –  beautiful blessing child
  • Eri –  blessed prize
  • Hanako –  flower child
  • Haru –  spring
  • Haruko –  spring child
  • Haruna –  spring vegetables
  • Hideko –  child of excellence
  • Hikari –  light, radiance
  • Hiro –  generous
  • Hiroko –  generous child
  • Hiromi –  generous beauty
  • Hisako –  child of long life
  • Hotaru –  firefly
  • Hitomi –  pupil of the eye
  • Honoka –  harmony flower
  • Hoshiko –  star child
  • Hoshi –  star
  • Kamiko –  superior child
  • Katsumi –  victorious beauty
  • Kazuko –  child of harmony
  • Kazumi –  harmonious beauty
  • Keiko –  blessed child / respectful child
  • Kiko –  chronical child
  • Kimi –  noble
  • Kimiko –  empress child
  • Kiyomi –  pure beauty
  • Kumiko –  long-time beautiful child
  • Kyoko –  respectful child
  • Mai –  dance
  • Maiko –  child of dance
  • Maki –  true hope
  • Mariko –  true village child
  • Michiko –  beautiful wise child
  • Midori –  green
  • Mieko –  beautiful blessing child
  • Mika –  beautiful fragrance
  • Miku –  beautiful sky
  • Mio –  beautiful cherry blossom
  • Misaki –  beautiful blossom
  • Mitsuko –  child of light
  • Miyako –  beautiful night child
  • Nanami –  seven seas
  • Naoko –  honest child
  • Natsuki –  summer hope
  • Natsumi –  beautiful summer
  • Ren –  lotus / love
  • Rika –  true fragrance
  • Riko –  child of truth
  • Rin –  dignified
  • Rio –  village cherry blossom
  • Ryoko –  refreshing child
  • Saki –  blossom of hope
  • Sakura –  cherry blossom
  • Satoko –  wise child
  • Shinju –  pearl
  • Shiori –  poem
  • Shizuka –  quiet summer
  • Shizuko –  quiet child
  • Sora –  sky
  • Takara –  treasure
  • Tamiko –  child of many beauties
  • Tomiko –  child of wealth, fortune
  • Toshiko –  clever child
  • Wakana –  harmonious music
  • Yasuko –  child of peace
  • Yoko –  child of sunlight
  • Yoshi –  lucky / righteous
  • Yoshiko – child of goodness
  • Yukari –  beautiful pear tree
  • Yuki –  happiness / snow
  • Yuko –  gentle child
  • Yumi –  reason beautiful
  • Yuri –  lily
Shiba Inu Names

Cute Male Shiba Inu Names

Without a doubt, the Shiba Inu is an adorable dog. That tiny face. Those pointy ears. The button nose. And the curled up tail!

With this in mind, why not look at cute Shiba Inu names for your boy pup? They’re fitting for such a sweet little creature.

  • Max
  • Milo
  • Charlie
  • Buddy
  • Jack
  • Scully
  • Leo
  • Ernie
  • Chewie
  • Gizmo
  • Mickey
  • Scrappy
  • Frankie
  • Roscoe
  • Chance
  • Marley
  • Finn
  • Louie
  • Rascal
  • Cooper
  • Chase
  • Jax
  • Hank
  • Percy
  • Barkley
  • Rudy
  • Murphy

Get more ideas for cute male dog names.

Cute Female Shiba Inu Names

And if you have a female Shiba Inu, you should definitely check out these cute girl dog names.

  • Luna
  • Gigi
  • Daisy
  • Zoey
  • Lily
  • Kona
  • Willow
  • Chloe
  • Olive
  • Poppy
  • Maisie
  • Hazel
  • Maggie
  • Petunia
  • Lola
  • Hannah
  • Emma
  • Jojo
  • Piper
  • Gertrude
  • Lucy
  • Dakota
  • Dixie
  • Josie
  • Paisley
  • Mia
  • Izzy
  • Macy
  • Madison
  • Zoey
  • Rosie
  • Sophie
  • Amelia
  • Nala
  • Phoebe

Get more ideas for cute female dog names.

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Elegant Male Shiba Inu Names

Independent, graceful and refined, the Shiba Inu is a perfect candidate for elegant dog names. Afterall, these names are great for such a dignified dog!

  • King / Kingsley
  • Prince
  • Alcott
  • Asher
  • Ashton
  • Alfred
  • Francois
  • Winston
  • Fairfax
  • Edwin
  • Charleston
  • Duke
  • Emerson
  • Augustus
  • Kingston
  • Blake
  • Benedict
  • Desmond
  • Hudson
  • Redmond
  • Julius
  • Gatsby
  • Hamilton
  • Princeton
  • Vincent
  • Chaucer
  • Oliver

Get more elegant male dog names.

Elegant Female Shiba Inu Names

With their reserved and regal nature, the Shiba Inu emits a quality that just calls for an elegant dog name. If you have a girl pup, you must check out these gorgeous Shiba Inu names.

  • Princess
  • Harper
  • Aurora
  • Lady
  • Aspen
  • Lux
  • Chanel
  • Victoria
  • Bianca
  • Camilla
  • Effie
  • Genevieve
  • Constance
  • Octavia
  • Juliet
  • Violet
  • Theodora
  • Scarlette
  • Sabine
  • Stella
  • Ainsley
  • Angelica
  • Charlotte

Get more elegant female dog names.

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Ideas for Shiba Inu Names?

If you have ideas for Shiba Inu names, let us know! Comment below with your ideas.

Or, if you have a favorite name from the list, chime in with that as well.

And if you need more ideas, check out our online name generator.

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25 Comments

  1. harper

    simba is a good name to btw

  2. Shawn M.

    MULAN IS A GREAT NAME🐕
    Aka my dogs name

  3. Rocio

    I think Cinnamon roll would be a good one

  4. George

    Khaleesi

  5. Lex tyger

    A great name is fang
    It’s from a book

  6. Lizzie

    Pancake Is an amazing name for a chubby doggo

  7. Rafael Horvat

    Kevin! Kevin is an amazing name for a Shiba!

  8. lilly

    Babycakes or angelcakes! is a good name for a cute shiba inu!

  9. Ino

    Ino might be a good name for a female doge. Do you know Ino from Naruto

  10. Shibamom

    Our shiba was called Kai – it’s short and you don’t feel an idiot shouting out that name in public (Princeton – seriously?!).

  11. Patrick Shum

    Diesel is a good name to!

  12. Zsanett Makkai Duarte

    My Shiba names is Rustee ! He looks like a cute little fox !

  13. FoxyFoxation

    Yoshika would be a good name for a female Shiba.
    Like Yoshika Miyafuji from Strike Witches, her ‘familiar’ is a Shiba

  14. G0n32h311

    Rexxie or moon would be good for male moxie or star would be good for a female. Signed: bork bork awooooooo

  15. Kara

    My male shiba is name Bear

  16. Louise

    Jomon. If a boy or a girl!

  17. Sachi

    Sachi would be a great name! It means child of joy.

  18. doge doge doge

    I also think Sachi is a great name!

  19. Dingo Dude

    I like all the name options and I also think that Chaos or Captain or Melba would be great names!

  20. Doggo

    I personally think that Kenji or Clyde would be cute names.

  21. Stubby

    I think its funny that im naming a stuffed animal shiba and not an actual shiba, i chose duke

  22. Jenna

    Eevee! That’s our Shibas name.

  23. #3

    my shiba inu mane is nala becausei like it so much

  24. 1234

    Cream Puff And Mochi

  25. shiba luver

    marshmello, pancake, ramen, bubble, u know anything food related

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