5-20 lbs
Shiba Inu
Papillon, Shiba Inu mix
The Papi-Inu is a hybrid mix of the Papillon and the Shiba Inu.  There is little to no information available on the hybrid itself so we really only know what we know from looking at the parent breeds.  The hybrid mix of these two parent breeds provides a pleasant mix resulting in a great family dog, having as some of its personality traits spunk without overt aggression, intelligence, courage and love.  While both parent breeds contribute higher energy levels to the bio mix, your pet will likely be more active like its Shiba parent.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Protection, Hunting
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Papillon, Shiba Inu

Papi-Inu Health

Average Size
Male Papi-Inu size stats
Height: 8-17 inches Weight: 5-24 lbs
Female Papi-Inu size stats
Height: 8-16 inches Weight: 5-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Follicular Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Full Chemistry Panel Tests and Blood Count
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)

Papi-Inu Breed History

The Papi-Inu hybrid is a mix of the Papillon and the Shiba Inu.  There is little to no information available about the hybrid itself as it is a fairly new hybrid.  The historical information about the hybrid will need to be gathered from the histories of the parent breeds.  The Papillon parent breed is an old one, being traced back to at least the Renaissance period in Italy, a dog resembling the Papillon being found depicted by many of the artistic masters on the laps of the royal, rich and famous females.  The breed was also quite popular in Belgium, France and England, with Marie Antoinette being one of the famous royals who became quite enamored of the toy spaniel breed.  Being bred for purely for purposes of companionship, eventually this tiny treasure, sporting its distinctive "butterfly" ear set, came to the United States where it was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1935. It has steadily grown in popularity ever since.  The Shiba Inu hails from Japan and is said to be one of the oldest as well as the smallest of the few number of canine breeds which can attribute their origin to Japan.  The actual date of origination as well as the area of Japan from which this breed emanated is unknown, we do know that it was created to hunt and explore through thick-brushed terrain in Japan.  It is from these activities that the breed got its name -- in Japanese, Shiba means brushwood and Inu means dog.  Though the Shiba Inu is a small dog -- standing 13 to 17 inches tall and weighing in at 15 to 24 pounds, it is quite efficient in the hunting realm, exuding a confidence that is bred into it.  The breeding of the Shiba Inu creates a canine which can go into any type of terrain, regardless of how rugged and difficult, and explore and hunt with both confidence and willingness, making him an excellent choice for hunting as well as companionship.  While the breed was almost extinguished in World War II, the breed has made an amazing come-back, with further development making the dog we know and love today.  The Shiba Inu was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 in the Non-Sporting Group.

Papi-Inu Breed Appearance

The Papi-Inu hybrid is a mix of the Papillon and the Shiba Inu and, as such, can inherit the appearance traits of one or both parent breeds.  Accordingly, your Papi-Inu hybrid may take on the appearance of a small Akita, likely standing 8 to 17 inches tall at the withers, weighing in between 5 and 24 pounds and having a coat which is long, fine and silky or resembling a teddy bear with his thick double coat of  straight, stiff outer coat and a soft, thick undercoat. That teddy bear appearance will be completed with a fluffy tail that curls over the hindquarters, a contribution from both the Shiba and the Papillon parent breeds.  A compact, athletic and muscular body with small, cat-like feet, a small to medium sized head with a  muzzle that is fine and tapering or a medium width and rounded, scissors bite, dark eyes which are either round or slanted (squinty), black nose and ears which can be erect and fringed (resembling the butterfly ear set of the Papillon) or triangular, erect and pointing forward can be expected in this hybrid.  The colors of the coat are: parti-colored with white being a dominate color and patches of black, brown or red,  or they can be orange-red, urajiro (cream to white ventral color), sesame (black-tipped hairs on a rich red background) and white markings on the tip of the tail and legs.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Papi-Inu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Papi-Inu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Papi-Inu coat
brown Papi-Inu coat
red Papi-Inu coat
cream Papi-Inu coat
white Papi-Inu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Papi-Inu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Papi-Inu Breed Maintenance

Your Papi-Inu is a hybrid which is considered to be in the moderate category of maintenance.  Brushing will be required at least once a week, depending on which parent breed contributed the most to the bio mix.  Also, depending on the coat inherited by your pet, the coat is not hypoallergenic and the shedding will range from minimal to constant with seasonal increases. Neither parent breed contributes an odor propensity to the bio mix, making it unnecessary to bathe him frequently, rather doing so only as needed or every few months.  Trimming of toenails should be addressed several times a month unless he keeps them worn down in his daily exercise activities.  Checking and cleaning of the ears should be addressed on a weekly bases, cleaning with a cotton ball and approved canine ear-cleaning solution as needed.  Dental examinations and cleanings are highly recommended as well as at least twice weekly brushing of his teeth to prevent periodontal disease and its accompanying tooth loss.  The drooling level of this hybrid is considered low.
Brushes for Papi-Inu
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Papi-Inu requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Papi-Inu Temperament

Your Papi-Inu hybrid will make an amazing family dog.  Being a hybrid mix of the Papillon and the Shiba Inu, he can inherit any or all of the temperament traits of one or both parent breeds.  Temperament traits your furry family member could inherit are: alertness, affectionate, cheerful, friendly, gentle, high energy, intelligence, liveliness, playfulness, loyalty, outgoing, social, responsive, territorial and independence. He can inherit the frequent barking tendency from the Papillon or the occasional one from the Shiba parent.  With appropriate and early socialization, he will be great with the kids but probably not so much with the family cat, his hunting instincts likely to be very prevalent from the Shiba parent.  Because of the strong hunting instinct he'll likely have, he will have a strong tendency to follow his oh so sensitive nose, investigating that interesting or unusual scent into whatever surroundings or terrains it leads.  So...unless you enjoy chasing your beloved furry family member into the the briars and brambles in the pursuit of those scents, you would be well advised to keep him on leash when he's outside the house, fenced yard or other enclosed area.  He will initially resist the application of a leash, but firm leash training is a requirement to keep him safe.  He will be easily trained using positive and firm training and encouragement methods.  He gets high energy from both sides of the bio mix which will need to be expended.

Papi-Inu Activity Requirements

Your Papi-Inu is a hybrid which is likely to have high amounts of energy that will need to be spent on a daily basis.  Because he is small, one might erroneously think he'd be a perfect apartment or condo companion but, be aware that this will only work if he has the opportunity to walk and run several times a day -- not usually an activity which is available in apartment or condo life.  He is better suited to life in a home with large fenced yard in which he can run and play for hours.  As noted, several long daily walks or jogs, coupled with interactive games of fetch, Frisbee and searching and retrieval of hidden toys are great ways to exercise your furry family member.  Because he is an intelligent canine, getting high levels of intelligence from both sides of the bio mix, it is very important to keep him mentally as well as physically exercised.  Obedience training and earth dog activities can help achieve this.  It is important to remember that a bored canine with this intelligence level can develop some annoying and destructive behaviors.  He can tolerate moderate temperatures, dependent upon the parent breed which has coat dominance in the bio pool.  He can live in urban or rural settings, provided he has adequate and appropriate exercise opportunity.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes
activity minutes

Papi-Inu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Papi-Inu Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Papi-Inu size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
Female Papi-Inu size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Papi-Inu size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 14.5 lbs
Female Papi-Inu size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Papi-Inu size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 14.5 lbs
Female Papi-Inu size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs

Papi-Inu Owner Experiences

Henry Hiram
9 Months
2 People
Henry joined our family when he was 9 weeks old. He weighed 3 pounds and was a little, cream colored, fluff ball with cute little ears. He loved to be held and cuddled all the time. As he got older he became more lively, but still loves to be held and rocked to sleep. He likes to play, but he is not very social with other dogs or people. He has gone to the dog park and is very bold when around dogs much bigger than him, he is an extremely fast runner. Though he is skiddish, he will defend himself and does not back down until he knows he cannot win. Then he will hide inbetween my legs. Henry is currently 9 months old and 8 pounds. He is extremely independent and he loves to explore. He is too smart for his own good and can be manipulative. He is easy to train but will pretend he does not know a trick, he likes to trick people and is very sneaky. He was able to potty train in just a few weeks using crate training. He is extremely clean and grooms himself much like a cat. He prefers one or two owners and is very skiddish when new people are around. I have tried to socialize him with my 6 year old niece but he does not do well no matter how many times he meets her. Henry prefers to be the only animal in the house and does not like to be surrounded. He is greedy for attention and will literally jump in the air into my arms. Overall, this breed can be a challenge but very, very loving and rewarding to have around. He is a true companion to the person who is his owner and shows unconditional love.
5 years, 5 months ago
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