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Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu

Country of Origin: Japan

Group: Spitz and Primitive types

Section: Asian Spitz and related breeds

Original Function: hunting and flushing small game

Todays Function: companion

Dimension Male: 36-41 cm

Dimension Female: 33-38 cm

Weight Male: 8-11 kg

Weight Female: 6,8-9 kg

Litter Size: 4-6 puppies

Life span: 12-15 years

Other Names: Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog

Colors: The colors of the chinese shar-pei are cream, fawn, red, and black.

Living: The shar-pei is a moderately active indoor dog so some space indoors is required. they will however



The Shiba is a small, compact, agile furry dog that looks like a miniature Akita. It has a pointed face, broad forehead and triangular prick ears. The eyes are small and dark. The teeth should form a scissors bite. The nose is dark. The Spitz-like tail is thick and strong curling over the back and carried either in a ring or with a sickle curve. Though all colors are acceptable, the plush double coat most often comes in red, or red with a little black overlay, or black with tan markings. The dog should have white or cream-colored markings on the cheeks and sides of the muzzle, throat, underside and chest. White is also permitted on the legs, tail tip and above the eyes.


Bold, independent and headstrong, the shiba is brimming with self-confidence. It is lively outdoors, yet calm indoors, as long as it gets daily exercise. It may be aggressive with strange dogs of the same sex and may chase small animals. It is a hardy breed, ready for adventure. Some tend to be headstrong and domineering. It is territorial, alert and reserved with strangers ? ingredients making for an excellent watchdog. It is quite vocal; some bark a lot.


The shiba needs a daily workout, either in the form of a vigorous game in the yard, a long walk or a good run in a safe area. It can live outdoors in temperate or cool climates, given warm shelter, but it does best when allowed to divide its time between inside and out. Its double coat needs brushing one or two times weekly, more when shedding.


The Shiba has a clean, coarse, stiff, short-haired coat that is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush to remove the dead hair and bathe only when absolutely necessary as it removes the natural waterproofing of the coat. This breed is a seasonally


Major concerns: none

Minor concerns: patellar luxation

Occasionally seen: none

Suggested tests: knee