Shiba Inu

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 1in - 1ft 5in
Weight: 17-23lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 15 Years


  • Affection2/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly1/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount4/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount3/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone5/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly5/5

Shiba Inu Information

Shiba InuThe Shiba Inu has been part of Japan’s culture for centuries but only recently made its American debut about 60 years ago. The breed almost reached extinction during World War II but through careful breeding efforts is now populous once again, which is great for people looking for a small, beautiful, independent dog.

The Shiba has a fox-like appearance and fur that is varying color of red or black and tan, both with white markings. He is a confident and determined dog with a mind of his own, making obedience training a necessity. If you’re looking for a needy, cuddly dog, this isn’t it. His personality is more like a cat – which is great for people looking for a more independent pet.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Shiba Inus be apartment dogs?

The Shiba Inu is an excellent apartment dog. They don't need as much space for activity and will be happy in a condo or apartment.

Can Shiba Inus be left alone?

Shiba Inus are a very independent breed. They will typically do well when on their own for longer periods. Just be sure to avoid being neglectful.

Are Shiba Inus good with kids?

Shiba Inus can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Shiba Inus friendly with strangers?

Shiba Inus tend to be very slow to warm up to strangers. They require long periods of exposure before they will trust somone.

Do Shiba Inus get along with other dogs?

Shiba Inus aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Shiba Inus bark a lot?

Most Shiba Inus bark fairly often, which can be a nuisance. Some steps can be taken to limit this, but is part of their nature.

Do Shiba Inus shed a lot?

Shiba Inus shed a medium amount. They will have seasonal shedding, but aren't terrible to clean up after.

Do Shiba Inus need a lot of grooming?

Shiba Inus don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Shiba Inus need a lot of exercise?

A Shiba Inu will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Shiba Inus easy to train?

Most Shiba Inus are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Shiba Inus handle cold weather?

Although Shiba Inus can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Shiba Inus handle hot weather?

Although Shiba Inus can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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