18-30 lbs
United States
Shiba Inu
The Shi-Beagle is a hybrid mix of the Shiba Inu and the Beagle.  This hybrid combines the hunting and tracking abilities of both parent breeds with the amazing endurance known to the Shiba parent breed.  The Shi-Beagle is a perfect size for apartments or condos and also proudly sports other talents like watchdog, guarding, agility and can be quite the trickster.  This is a hybrid who will love you, attach herself to you but who can be left alone for longer periods of time without developing those annoying destructive behaviors which frustrate all dog owners.
Companion, Watchdog, Agility, Competitive Obedience, Hunting
Date of Origin
Shiba Inu, Beagle

Shi-Beagle Health

Average Size
Male Shi-Beagle size stats
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 18-30 lbs
Female Shi-Beagle size stats
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 18-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Deafness
  • Demodicosis
  • Wobbler's Syndrome
  • Microphthalmia
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy (Ataxia)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Full Chemistry Panel Tests and Blood Count
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Various Blood Tests
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)
  • Myelography (Dye And X-Ray to Assess The Spinal Cord)

Shi-Beagle Breed History

The Shi-Beagle is a hybrid mix of the Shiba Inu and the Beagle.  There is no information available on the hybrid itself, so we must get our background from that of the parent breeds.  Since we don't know where and when the hybrid originated, it is probably safe to assume that its origin is most likely from the United States sometime during the late 1900's to early 2000's when interest in combining pure breeds for a variety of reasons become more popular.  The Shiba Inu is one of only six breeds which has its origin in Japan.  The Shiba breed was developed on the steep Japanese mountain slopes to hunt small and large game prior to the 1800's, no definite or approximate date of origin being available. The Shiba breed is quite nimble, quick and catlike in movement and is known to have been used to hunt birds, bear, boar and deer quite successfully, with their specialty being hunting birds.  It is believed that there may be some Chow Chow in their heritage but little else is known about the ancestry of this parent breed.  World War II all but eradicated most dog breeds in many countries, including Japan, but there were some faithful fanciers who preserved this breed and prospered it after the war ended.  The breed, even somehow surviving the massive distemper outbreak of the early 1950's, today still possesses its hunting and tracking instincts while also becoming a treasured family pet.  The Shiba Inu breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992, where it is the 44th most popular breed in their registry.  The Beagle, also known as the English Beagle, is the smallest of the British pack-hounds and is one of the most popular breeds in America.  The Beagle originates in England and can be traced back to the days of King Arthur, before the time of the Romans.  The exact breed ancestry is unknown but it is strongly believed that the "superb white hounds" found at that time are in the ancestry of most hound breeds, including this one.  The Beagle has always been a scent hound and, today, it is still valued for that ability in addition to being a great all around family pet.  Its quickness, tenacity and stamina was also valued when it came to America in the 1800's and those virtues continue to be valued today.  The Beagle was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and is the 5th most popular breed in their registry.  The Shi-Beagle is recognized by the Dog Breed Registry.

Shi-Beagle Breed Appearance

The Shi-Beagle is a hybrid mix of the Shiba Inu and the Beagle.  She can take on the appearance traits of either or both parent breeds.  Accordingly, she can be 13 to 17 inches tall and weigh 18 to 30 pounds.  Her coat can be short, dense and water-repellent or short, fine, thick and corded, with coloring of white with tan or brown, tricolor or white, tan, red or black.  Her eyes can be brown or hazel and round or triangular and dark, a muzzle that is of medium length and either square or rounded with a black nose and a scissors bite.  Her ears can be widely spaced and drooped or triangular and erectly held and a tail that is set high and can be carried erect or curled over the back.  Her feet will be thickly padded and can be round and firm or compact and cat-like.
Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Shi-Beagle eyes
brown Shi-Beagle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shi-Beagle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shi-Beagle coat
brown Shi-Beagle coat
red Shi-Beagle coat
white Shi-Beagle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shi-Beagle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shi-Beagle Breed Maintenance

Your Shi-Beagle hybrid falls into the moderate category or maintenance and shedding.  Her coat is not hypoallergenic but it will need to be brushed at least two to three times a week as she inherits a constant shedding trait from the Shiba parent.  She will only need to be bathed when she is dirty or has an odor as frequent bathing can dry up the natural, vital oils needed to keep her coat healthy and water-repellent.  She will need to have her ears checked on a weekly basis, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash.  Be sure to check those toenails, too, while you're looking at her ears, trimming them as needed unless she is able to keep them worn down with her normal daily exercise activities.  Brushing her teeth two to three times a week at home will help to avoid the development of periodontal disease and the tooth loss which accompanies it.  She is an active canine who needs a fair amount of exercise daily.  She falls into the low category for drooling and doggy smell as a rule.
Brushes for Shi-Beagle
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shi-Beagle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shi-Beagle Temperament

Your Shi-Beagle hybrid can inherit the temperament and personality traits of either or both parent breeds.  As such, she can be affectionate, friendly, gentle, aggressive, independent, alert, intelligent, energetic, lively, loyal, loving, sweet, outgoing and territorial.  She will need appropriate socialization at a young age to ensure that she'll get along well with kids, strangers, the family cat and other dogs.  She has inherited a strong hunting and wandering tendency from both sides of the bio mix, so it will be important to keep her on leash when exercising her outside the house or fenced area. She gets huge amounts of stamina and endurance from both sides of the bio mix, so don't be surprised if she wants to play for hours.  She is also a frequent barker (or a Shiba screamer), a trait contributed by both sides.  The barking can sound more like a scream, a trait which is fairly unique to the Shiba parent.  Because she gets an amazing amount of independence as well as intelligence from both parent breeds, she'll be moderately hard to train.  Be patient with her and begin with the most basic of commands and build upon those.  Using positive training and encouragement methods will help in the training area.

Shi-Beagle Activity Requirements

Your Shi-Beagle hybrid is an active breed, but from the Shiba side, she gets a trait which allows her to be happy when left alone, which can limit the destructive behaviors which can develop that annoy and frustrate most owners.  Her size allows her to adapt well to apartment or condo life, keeping in mind that she will need her daily walks at the very least to keep her appropriately exercised.  She should be exercised at least 1 to 2 hours a day and this can be accomplished with daily walks or jogs, playtime in the dog park or fenced area, interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, flyball, agility training and obedience training.  She can also adapt nicely to living in a family home with or without a fenced yard in a rural or urban setting, in any climate as long as she is provided with appropriate protection in temperature extremes.  She has a high tendency for hunting and wandering, making it necessary to keep her on leash when she's outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure...unless, of course, part of your exercise plan is chasing her through the neighborhood, down the street or through the woods in pursuit of some small animal or enticing scent which has attracted her attention.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Shi-Beagle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

Shi-Beagle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shi-Beagle size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Shi-Beagle size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Shi-Beagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 24.0 lbs
Female Shi-Beagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 24.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Shi-Beagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 24.0 lbs
Female Shi-Beagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 24.0 lbs

Shi-Beagle Owner Experiences

14 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Ours was a non-planned mix. Older Beagle was knocked up by a young Shiba Inu. We have 2 and they are each unique in their own ways.
3 years, 4 months ago
16 Years
2 People
Walks, hikes, car rides
My dog was an accidental breeding of a very young male Shiba and a very small Beagle. I got her when she was 6 weeks and lost her when she was 16.5. We lived in apts with no yard and houses with fenced yards. When we lived in apts, we went to the dog park every day. I moved her around a lot and changed her environment several times. She went through 2 divorces and 2 cross country moves with me. She adapted to anything I threw at her. I never had a problem with her disliking people, kids, or other animals. Believe me, she was not a walk in the park every day. She could never go anywhere without a leash. She was a bolter if she saw daylight. The first couple of years of her life she had to be crated if I wasn't in the house. I came home once when she was a puppy and she had destroyed a 10 pound bag of flour and a bag of potting soil. I learned that if you left something where she could get it, she would get it. If she destroyed something, it was definitely my fault because I didn't take care of my stuff. She was a cat disguised as a small brown dog. Very independent. Very clean. Walked on the back of the couch. Had to have a perch to see out of the window or she would create one. Had no interest in people unless there was food involved. She could find the one person at the dog park who had dog treats. She was never mean or vicious, but everything was on her terms. But she was more compassionate than a cat. Never sick except for the time she tore her ACL when she was nine. She didn't slow down or decline until the last week of her life. She took very good care of me and after 2 years, I still miss her more than my husbands.
3 years, 3 months ago
2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
He is protective of family. He learns quickly. He is quick to bark and generally unwilling to let people in our house. He energetic and playful.
1 year, 1 month ago
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