Shiba Corgi

15-20 lbs
United States
Shiba Inu
Welsh Corgi mix
Corgi Inu
The Shiba Corgi is a mix of the Shiba Inu and the Cardigan or Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Because they are all small dogs, the Shiba Corgi is short with a long body and they have a foxy-looking appearance. They come in various colors but they usually have the white Corgi markings on the face, chest, and feet. This dog breed is a good family pet if trained well and socialized when they are puppies. They are usually easy to train and can be excellent watch dogs as well. With their thick coat, they will need to be groomed often and brushed daily because they shed quite a bit.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Shiba Inu and Welsh Corgi (Cardigan or Pembroke)

Shiba Corgi Health

Average Size
Male Shiba Corgi size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Female Shiba Corgi size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Dry Skin
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Diagnostic Imaging

Shiba Corgi Breed History

The Shiba Corgi has not been around long so they do not have a history as of yet. However, you can look at the backgrounds of the parent breeds for this. The Shiba Inu is native to Japan and has been around since the ancient times, considered to be the oldest of Japan’s breeds. It was originally bred to hunt and flush small game and is a descendent of the Spitz. Although they have been around for centuries, they did not get the name, Shiba Inu, until the 1920s. 

The breed was named a natural product of Japan under the Cultural Properties Act in 1936. They were almost extinct after WWII due to the distemper virus but they were built up again by interbreeding them with three variations, the Sanin Shiba, Mino Shiba, and Shinshu Shiba. They made it to America in 1954 and were accepted by the AKC in 1992, where they are the 44th most well-liked dog. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi got its name from their furry tail that resembles a cardigan sweater. They were bred from the Pomeranian, Collie, and Dachshund for hunting, guarding, and driving cattle. The breed was often confused with its close relative, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. They became popular after they were imported into Massachusetts in the 1930s and were accepted into the American Kennel Club in 1935, where they are the 69th most popular breed of dog. 

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was bred in Wales in the 1100s from the Spitz, Norwegian Elkhound, Chow Chow, Samoyed, Schipperke, and Keeshond where they were used for driving cattle. They were brought to Wales by the Flemish weavers and were also thought to have gone with the Vikings to Britain. They were originally used to herd sheep by nipping at their legs but eventually became popular as companion pets. 

In 1934, the breed was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club and they are the 18th most common dog in the United States.

Shiba Corgi Breed Appearance

Both the Shiba Inu and Welsh Corgi are small dogs so the Shiba Corgi will be about 10 to 15 inches tall and weigh between 15 and 25 pounds. They are long and short with very stubby legs and a curled tail that may be stubby or long. They have a fox-like appearance, with a pointed muzzle, pointy upright ears, a black nose, and dark brown eyes. They sometimes look like they are smiling. Their coat is thick and dense with a definite Corgi mask that can come in many different colors such as white and cream, white and brown, black and white, red, fawn, blue, brindle, sable, pied, or any combination of these.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shiba Corgi eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shiba Corgi nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shiba Corgi coat
brown Shiba Corgi coat
red Shiba Corgi coat
fawn Shiba Corgi coat
blue Shiba Corgi coat
white Shiba Corgi coat
pied Shiba Corgi coat
sable Shiba Corgi coat
brindle Shiba Corgi coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Shiba Corgi straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shiba Corgi Breed Maintenance

These dogs shed quite a bit so you will need to brush them daily if you do not want to see a lot of hair on your furniture and clothing. In addition, you need to brush your Shiba Corgi thoroughly at least four or five times a week. It is best to use a pin brush and metal comb because of their thick, double coat. You can bathe your dog with mild shampoo as needed but not too often since the Shiba Corgi can be susceptible to dry and irritated skin. 

During the bath, you should clean your dog’s ears as well. It is also important to trim their nails when needed, about once a month. Care of the teeth is part of the regimen as well; brush them daily or at the minimum, three times per week for optimum dental health.

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Brushes for Shiba Corgi
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Shiba Corgi requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shiba Corgi Temperament

The Shiba Corgi is a loyal and loving dog with a lot of energy and excitement packed into its short little body. They have the ability to become wonderful companions for any family if they are trained properly and early. Be sure to be consistent and firm because they will try to push the boundaries and if they sense weakness, they will go for it. The Shiba Corgi will also protect you from anything they see as a threat no matter how big it is. They are intelligent and learn fast so teaching them tricks is typically easy to do. Offer them the chance to excel at obedience classes; this is a way for them to learn about boundaries and is also a good place for them to practise social skills.

Shiba Corgi Activity Requirements

The Shiba Corgi is a very active dog with a lot of nervous energy to expend. It is best for them to get about an hour of vigorous exercise every day to keep them in the best shape as they do tend to get overweight. In addition, dogs that do not get enough exercise can get bored or anxious and develop behavior problems such as chewing on things and may even become aggressive. Some of the best activities for this dog breed include any kind of herding or hunting, swimming, playing with other dogs at the local dog park, hiking, long walks, a long game of fetch or frisbee, and even agility competitions.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Shiba Corgi Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.5 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.60
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$24.00 - $48.00
food bag monthly cost

Shiba Corgi Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shiba Corgi size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Shiba Corgi size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Shiba Corgi size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Shiba Corgi size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Shiba Corgi size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Shiba Corgi size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs

Shiba Corgi Owner Experiences

4 Years
1 People
I adopted her from an animal shelter in Upland, California. Her original owner died and had no next of kin to look after 'Gari' (what the animal shelter named her) and her 4 siblings. She was spayed a week ago and is feeling a lot better now because she is eating and not sleeping so much. She is very affectionate, loving and I spoil her. Shiba came right up to me at our Meet and Greet session and stayed by me as if we were old friends. I fell in love and the rest will be our history.
4 years, 6 months ago
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