Pug Shiba

14-18 lbs
Shiba Inu mix
The Pug Shiba is a hybrid breed. His parent breeds are the Shiba Inu and the Pug. The Pug Shiba will, unfortunately, shed frequently, as both parent breeds tend to do. He will require a moderate amount of activity, and he will enjoy playing with kids and adults alike. He is happy in either an apartment or a home with or without a fenced-in area. He is a great family pet, and he gets along with other animals as well as other people. He is generally a healthy dog, but the Shiba Inu parent breed is a rare breed, and the hybrid breed is even more scarce.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pug, Shiba Inu

Pug Shiba Health

Average Size
Male Pug Shiba size stats
Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 14-18 lbs
Female Pug Shiba size stats
Height: 11-15 inches Weight: 14-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cancer
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Pug Dog Encephalitis
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Canine Glaucoma
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Dry Eye
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Full Body Physical Examination

Pug Shiba Breed History

The Pug Shiba is a rare hybrid breed. In order to understand the origins of the Pug Shiba, one can study the history of the parent breeds in order to know more about the history of the hybrid. The Shiba Inu hails from Japan. He was used as a hunting dog which flushed out small game and birds for hunters. The breed nearly died out during World War II. Shibas that did not die during bombing raids perished from distemper after the war was over. The Shiba was brought to the United States in 1954 by a military family who moved back to the United States. The first litter was born in the United States in the 1970s. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1993. The Pug hails from China, where he lived a luxurious life as the Emperor's favorite type of dog. When China began trading with European countries, the Pug became a traded commodity. He found himself a favorite with nobility from France to England. Marie Antoinette owned a Pug before she married Louis XVI, and William of Orange claimed his Pug saved his life, warning him of an attack by Spaniards. As a reward, William named the Pug the official dog of the House of Orange. The Pug found its way to the United States after the end of the Civil War, and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Pug Shiba Breed Appearance

The Pug Shiba is a beautiful small dog. His exact coloring is dependent upon the dominant parent breed. Often he will be tan or red with white markings. He may also have a "saddle" pattern of brown or fawn on his back with a white chest, stomach and legs. Often he will have the classic Pug black markings around his mouth, nose, and eyes. He may also have the characteristic curly tail of the Pug. His chest will be broad and deep. He may appear somewhat chubby like the Pug parent breed. He may also have pointed ears like the Shiba Inu parent breed, and his fur may be more of the light red of the Shiba Inu. He may have short legs and he may also inherit the brachycephalic snout of the Pug parent breed.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Pug Shiba eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Pug Shiba nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Pug Shiba coat
fawn Pug Shiba coat
pied Pug Shiba coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Pug Shiba straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Pug Shiba Breed Maintenance

The Pug Shiba does not require much in the way of maintenance. He will be a good choice for those who do not care to spend a great deal of time grooming their dog or for those who do not wish to pay a lot of money for professional grooming. However, he does have a tendency to shed, so you will need to brush him regularly in order to prevent hair from getting all over your furniture and clothing. Once a week will suffice for brushing; his natural oils will keep his coat shiny and healthy-looking. Brush his teeth two or three times a week to prevent tartar build-up; brush his teeth daily to prevent tooth decay. Bathe him only when necessary. Trim his nails twice monthly or every three weeks as needed. Tears and breaks can be painful, so it is best to avoid this if possible.
Brushes for Pug Shiba
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Pug Shiba requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Pug Shiba Temperament

The Pug Shiba is a delightful dog. He is lively, alert, and playful. He is fiercely loyal to his family, and he may be somewhat aloof with strangers. However, once he discerns that strangers mean his treasured family no harm, he is likely to win them over with his charming personality. He is highly intelligent, and one would be wise to purchase toys that stimulate him intellectually. While he is not overly destructive, leaving him alone for long periods of time can lead to separation anxiety. He is very loving, and he wants to spend the bulk of his time with his human family. He will definitely alert you to anything he believes is amiss in his territory.

Pug Shiba Activity Requirements

The Pug Shiba is a moderately active dog. He will enjoy a short, brisk walk with you around the neighborhood; he may also enjoy a trip to the dog park. Socializing him to other dogs at an early age will help him to overcome some of his natural shyness. He loves to play with toys that stimulate mental activity; he also loves tussling with his owner. One should keep in mind that the Pug parent breed tends to have brachycephalic syndrome. This condition results when a dog's snout is very short; overexertion can occur easily in brachycephalic dogs. This overexertion can lead to shortness of breath, and, in some cases, cardiac arrest. Always keep a little water handy when you are out exercising your Pug Shiba to prevent overheating and overexertion.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Pug Shiba Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Pug Shiba Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Pug Shiba size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Pug Shiba size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Pug Shiba size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Pug Shiba size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Pug Shiba size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Pug Shiba size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs

Pug Shiba Owner Experiences

9 Years
2 People
House & Yard
We rescued her while in Okinawa, and she has bonded to me over the years. Best friend I’ve ever had.
4 years, 1 month ago
4 Months
2 People
She is a great dog. She has a very interesting personality. She likes to play and has lots of energy. She will eat anything, so we have to watch her pretty closely. We hope that she will drop some of her bad habits like chewing everything up. She is sweet, smart and very photogenic. We feel very lucky to have her.
3 years, 4 months ago
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Playing Ball
My pup is such a GREAT dog! I wasnt really a fan of smaller dogs but Django is such a fun lil guy. We do everything together. Hes so smart, silly, and loving. He has a great personality. We just love him so much.
3 years ago
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