Shiba Inu Breed Information
- Temperament: Alert, Active, Attentive
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 44 of 196
- Height: 14.5-16.5 inches (male), 13.5-15.5 inches (female)
- Weight: 23 pounds (male), 17 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 13-16 years
- Group: Non-Sporting Group
An ancient Japanese breed, the Shiba Inu is a little but well-muscled dog once employed as a hunter. Today, the spirited, good-natured Shiba is the most popular companion dog in Japan. The adaptable Shiba is at home in town or country.
The Shiba is the smallest of the Japanese native breeds of dog and was originally developed for hunting by sight and scent in the dense undergrowth of Japan’s mountainous areas. Alert and agile with keen senses, he is also an excellent watchdog and companion. His frame is compact with well-developed muscles.
About the Shiba Inu
Brought to America from Japan as recently as 60 years ago, Shibas are growing in popularity in the West and are already the most popular breed in their homeland. Their white markings combined with their coloring (red, red sesame, or black and tan) and their alert expression and smooth stride makes them almost foxlike. They’re sturdy, muscular dogs with a bold, confident personality to match.