Japanese Shiba inu


A native of Japan, the shiba inu belongs to one of the most ancient dog breeds, with ancestors dating back to the year 7000 b.c. It is the smallest of the six races with origin in the land of the rising sun. It comes from primitive dogs and was developed to hunt animals such as birds, bears and wild boars. Today is also dog guard and company. After attempts to preserve the breed and the crossing of the shiba inu who survived the atrocities of the second world war got the current dog, becoming one of the favourite races in his country.


Not sports, according to the AKC; dogs type Spitz and primitive type, according to the FCI.


Weighs between 17 and 23 pounds (8-10 kg) and is between 13.5 and 16.5 inches (34-42 cm) in height at the withers. It is a little longer than high. It has a double coat of hair which can be black, moreno, red, Sesame or completely white.

The latter is not accepted in the AKC or FCI dog shows, although the KC (Kennel Club), Association cinófila of the United Kingdom, if accepted it. The shiba has areas of white hair or cream on the face, neck, chest, belly, legs and tail, which in Japanese is called urajiro. As dogs Spitz type, has a top layer of hair is not very long, rigid and harsh, but the lower layer is soft. It is compact, muscular body that gives the appearance of being much larger than it is, and the tail is thick, high and rolled up on the back. It has a triangular head, its ears are small and erect, their black nose and has expression of bravery. It is physically very similar to a Fox.


There is one word to describe the shiba: attitude. It definitely has a big dog personality and is full of safety. It is very independent, alert, silent and if not put limits you will come out with it and than everything you can. It is selective and does not provide his love to everyone, especially to strangers, whether they are dogs or humans.

Although it gives the impression of being silent, can be quite vocal: squealing and barking, especially if something bothers you or calls attention.

Bless you

Responsible breeders They will care to have few litters of shiba inu and only healthy dogs. Refrain from purchasing it from a pet shop or online. You can acquire a shiba inu healthy from a reputable animal shelter and will save the life of an animal. It is considered not only dogs of purebred, but mixed also. The shiba inu is susceptible to health problems hereditary such as allergies, eye diseases, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.


Due to its double coat of hair, the shiba inu has greater resistance to cold that many dogs but moved excessively and requires brushing regularly, it will also strengthen the bond between the dog and its owner. Like all dogs, should receive basic grooming , but the shiba inu is auto acicala with back, cares much for itself, and one of its main tasks is kept clean, so it is not necessary that you care too.

Activity and exercise

It is a strong dog and need plenty of exercise. Although no dislikes about the activities and games inside the House, exercise outdoors, running and walking for a long time are preferable. Likes to chase animals, so having it outside strap-free is not a good idea.

Education and training

He can be stubborn when it comes to learning basic commands. It is recommended to receive basic obedience from an early age. To avoid territorial and aggressive, socialization with other dogs, pets and people is advisable as soon as you purchase to your shiba.

About this race

His character is very similar to a cat: requires no pampering or excessive love and likes to live in their own way, although it is known to adapt to your family or owner. You will have to earn their respect, so it is important that you set rules and enough daily exercise it. It is suitable for the owner similar to him, strong and free spirit.

It is ideal for you if…

• You love challenges.
• Independent dogs like you.


In Japanese the name shiba means weed and inu means dog.