Shiba Inu

20-30 lbs
13-15"
Japan
Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-size Dog

The Shiba Inu is a relatively small dog compared with other dogs in the same family, but he is a dog with the heart of a lion. He is officially recognized in Japan as a precious natural product. Originally bred as a hunting dog in Japan’s mountainous regions, today’s Shiba Inu is still renowned for navigating tough terrain, as an alert watchdog, and for his bold, high-spirited nature. The Shiba Inu is one of the oldest types of dogs native to Japan. He is the most popular companion dog in Japan. The reddish brown fur of the Shiba Inu often prompts many to mistake him for a fox.

Purpose
hunting and flushing small game
Date of Origin
ancient times
Ancestry
spitz

Shiba Inu Health

Sketch of Shiba Inu
Average Size
Male Shiba Inu size stats
Height: 14-16 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Female Shiba Inu size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 20-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests

Shiba Inu Breed History

The Shiba Inu is an ancient dog; however, it was not given the name “Shiba Inu” until some time in the 1920s. The Shiba Inu of old was a hardy dog, able to traverse hills and mountainous terrain that men could not travel. He had excellent senses and became a proficient hunter. He was used to flush out birds and small game, but he was also used to hunt wild boar. The Shiba Inu was declared a natural product of Japan by the nation in 1936 under the Cultural Properties Act. During and after World War II, the breed diminished almost to extinction. Distemper was a major cause of this decline in the dog’s population. Three variations of the Shiba Inu were interbred in order to give a comeback to the breed: the Shinshu Shiba, the Mino Shiba, and the Sanin Shiba. In 1954, United States service members brought the dog to America. The first litter of Shiba Inu was born in the United States in 1979. The AKC finally recognized the breed in 1993. The Shiba Inu’s name is descriptive of the dog itself; the word shiba means small (although some argue that it means brushwood also). The word inu means “dog.”

Shiba Inu Breed Appearance

The Shiba Inu is a compact dog. His head is proportional to his body. He has a round muzzle which tapers slightly at the nose. His lips and nose are black. The teeth are in a scissors bite. His deep-set eyes are small in proportion to the rest of the body. The front legs are straight, and he normally has dewclaws, which can be removed at the discretion of the owner. He has a high-set tail which is thick at the base and curled and carried over the back. He has a double coat with a soft undercoat and a stiff, straight outer coat. The Shiba Inu is usually red, red with a little black overlay, black with tan markings, sesame with red markings, and the undercoat is usually cream, buff, or gray. Markings, if any, appear on the cheeks and sides of the muzzle, throat, underside, and chest. Occasionally, there is white on the legs, tip of the tail, and above the eyes. 

Appearance of Shiba Inu
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shiba Inu eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shiba Inu nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shiba Inu coat
Black
red Shiba Inu coat
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shiba Inu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shiba Inu Breed Maintenance

The Shiba Inu has a coarse, stiff, shorthaired coat that requires only minimal grooming. Use a firm brush to remove dead hair and skin weekly. Bathe him only when it is necessary; the coat is naturally waterproof – if you bathe him often, he will lose the natural waterproofing. The Shiba Inu can be a heavy shedder. He requires only a daily walk where exercise is concerned. He is an active dog, so regular exercise is good for him. He can live well in an apartment; however, he needs moderate exercise. In fact, the Shiba Inu needs an average-sized yard in order to receive adequate exercise. He can live outdoors due to his waterproof coat; however, you will need a fenced-in yard with sufficient shelter from extreme elements for him. He does not like being left alone, whether in your home or outside. He does best with his loving family.

Brushes for Shiba Inu
Slicker Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shiba Inu requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shiba Inu Temperament

The Shiba Inu is an alert, brave, and bold little dog. He is also loving, kind, and highly trainable. The Shiba Inu is very clean – surprisingly, he will avoid getting dirty if possible – and he is also easily housebroken. They are not noisy dogs, barking very little. They are very playful and get along well with other dogs and children (even without early socialization). The Shiba Inu can be fairly shy around strangers. Training from an early age will benefit the Shiba Inu. He will take the “pack leader position” if he does not feel that his handler is firm and confident. Unfortunately, the Shiba Inu is primarily a hunter, and he should not be trusted around small animals – even other family pets. Caution should be taken when letting this canine off his leash; he will chase cars and small animals. Also, handlers should always present themselves as firm, making sure the Shiba Inu views him as the pack leader. If not, the Shiba Inu will attempt to become the alpha and many behavioral problems will ensue.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Shiba Inu Food Consumption

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

Shiba Inu Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Shiba Inu at six months
Male Shiba Inu size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Shiba Inu size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 12 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Shiba Inu at 12 months
Male Shiba Inu size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 16 lbs
Female Shiba Inu size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 16 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Shiba Inu at 18 months
Male Shiba Inu size stats at 18 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 25 lbs
Female Shiba Inu size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 25 lbs

Top Shiba Inu Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Shiba Inu breeders of 2018.
Top Shiba Inu breeder Marma Farms
Marma Farms
Fruithurst, Alabama
Top Shiba Inu breeder Anderson's Shiba Inus
Anderson's Shiba Inus
Miami, Oklahoma
Top Shiba Inu breeder Icewind Shibas
Icewind Shibas
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Top Shiba Inu breeder Des Mar Shibas
Des Mar Shibas
Redding, California
Top Shiba Inu breeder Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu
Louisville, Kentucky
Top Shiba Inu breeder Pendragon Shibas
Pendragon Shibas
Dodge City, Kansas
Top Shiba Inu breeder Innisfree Kennel
Innisfree Kennel
Welcome, Maryland
Top Shiba Inu breeder Tintown Shibas
Tintown Shibas
Dover, Ohio

Shiba Inu Owner Experiences

Roy
8 Years
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
High Five
snuggling
Roy as a puppy was very independent, hated the crate, ate my heels and ate a hole in the wall right through his crate! He only had two accidents in the house, housebreaking was extremely easy! He was able to live completely outside of the crate once he turned 1 year old. Roy loves to play with toy balls, and he has sadly popped a lot of the neighborhood kids balls. I socialized him to many kids and other dogs since he was young. He's always been incredibly patient and excellent with kids. If he doesn't like a situation, he removes himself from it. He's very passive, but also expresses dominance whenever he can, but only dominance towards other dogs or animals. More recently in his older age he despises puppies, especially when they sniff his face (unless the puppy is a girl). Roy is a black and tan Shiba Inu with such a sweet baby face. He looks at you with precious moments eyes as if he isn't loved enough. He loves to snuggle and sleep under the covers. He loves his mommy and daddy most of all. We love his independence and almost cat-like demeanor. Roy is my pride and joy and I don't know what I would do without him. By far the best dog breed I ever known.
2 days, 4 hours ago
Eddie
15 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing
Walking
Now before thinking about getting one of these dogs do take into consideration they are one of the hardest breeds to train in the world. Eddie was a cute little fella but very stubborn and self determined. He thought he ruled the roost. Always friendly with strangers and never barked but very aggressive towards other dogs and would want to fight. We think that was due to where we got him from but caused problems when walking him out obviously on a lead. He was a lover of food and would always welcome a nice bit of chicken. Did know basic commands but went deaf within his last 5 years so made him a bit more stubborn. He was still a lovely dog to have but I would still consider how much you are willing to give to your new shiba inu as they can be quite a bit of work.
2 days, 11 hours ago
Apollo
1 Year
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walks
Car rides
Napping
Dog Parks
I love him to death. Though I will admit I am glad I did research before getting him. He's very, very, VERY independent. He learns very quickly and sometimes without you realizing it (He learned shake and decided to show me at a random moment). He prefers people to dogs and dogs to children. An absolute drama queen and extremely food motivated. Also one of the best alarm systems ever (he lets me know when the delivery guy shows up). He really only listens to people he likes too. Regardless of how much of a butt he can be hes still a very good boy.
2 months, 1 week ago
Hachi
7 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Fetch
My shiba housetrained himself and only had a few accidents the first couple of months after brining him home at 7 weeks. He is smart and picks up tricks fast but will only do some when he feels like it/makes sense to him. He does not like to be held, get wet, cuddle, or when we touch his paws. We trained him early on to have his tail pulled on and he doesn't seem to mind it anymore. As a first time dog owner that was advised not to have a shiba as my first dog, I can say it's totally doable with patience and time. Crate training is an absolute must and don't be alarmed at the shiba scream (typically when cutting nails or when getting a bath).
5 months, 2 weeks ago
Zues
1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I love him to death! It does concern me though how he is not friendly towards small kids or males.. He tends to just always hide away and sleep all day. When people are over and they try to go near him he will bark. (He will not bite though). I believe he was abused by his breeder and his/her children. He also will never EVER let you go near him with a leash in hand or a harness; which, leads me more to the conclusion of him being abused and possibly with the leash/harness. He is absolutely loving to my mom, fiancé and I. From the moment I got him, he has been my little protector. Every night he wasn’t some bully rubs and then will cuddle my feet and patrol the house.
6 months ago
Layla
2 Years
2 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Layla is the best dog I will probably ever own. I had black labs, Pomeranians, and a few other breed in my life. I am only 20 years old but Layla has by far been my best dog. She definitely is most attached to my dad. But she is so smart, and feels like having another human around. She is very good at knowing when I am sick or sad. She receives so much attention from friends and neighbors. She is extremely friendly and loving to the people she knows and trusts. But she is a dog that truly is a pack dog! She is so sweet to the people she knows, but is very timid and on guard about strangers. VERY quite breed. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
6 months, 2 weeks ago
We have 3 .. Sonni , Yuki , Kuro
5 Years
5 People
House
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hide & Seek
Chase , hide and seek and fetch , they like to na
We have 3 females , they are loyal , fun , snugly and a bit snarky
7 months, 1 week ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
The Shiba Inu that I had the pleasure of walking was one of the more subdued dogs that I have walked during my time with Wag. She was very easy to get into her harness and hardly ever pulled on the leash. She did get excited around nice patches of grass and was very fond of rolling around in the grass. She was not one to smile very much in pictures, but was a great dog with a very sweet disposition. She played very well with other dogs and didn’t pay much attention to other humans that we passed by, or even other animals, such as squirrels, that passed by, and I never heard her bark once. All in all this was a very calm dog breed in my opinion.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
pawing for treats
digging in leave piles
Sniff out scents
Say hello
The following reflection is based off my time with the second Shiba Inu I have worked with professionally. This one in particular was roughly the same age as the first one I met, quite a youngster. The main difference was in overall demeanor. As opposed to the first Shiba I met, who was extremely anxious and incredulous of all interactions, this female Shiba I now have in mind was extremely comfortable and social. She had no problem trusting me outright, which is something that took a lot of effort with the other Shiba. The female Shiba understood commands like Sit, Go, her own name and overall, she seemed very skilled at interpreting my body language. These methods of communication can take some time to set in a dog's mindset, but overall, a Shiba Inu seemed naturally inclined to make the most out of a human connection. This is especially remarkable for having been noticed so consistently at such a young age. Likewise, many dogs tend to obsess over stains and the remnants of garbage. From my experience, this is not the case with Shibas. Their famous sense for consideration shows through, and they comprehensively sniff out all areas of interest, like all good dogs, but they tend to be less prone to fixation or an abandonment of respect for the social cues of their walkers. These are qualities of the breed that did not show through given the tension experienced by her male counterpart I have been referencing. Shiba Inus are famously playful, poised, and sincere animals. They are fun-loving but reserved. This young female understood the shifts of the surrounding traffic, and when pedestrians making their way began to crowd in around us, she was looking all around rapidly, to understand any possible courses of action. Here is where the understood companionship between a fresh face, the walker, and the dog, this Shiba, really stood out. She had a better understanding of city life than the male mentioned above. I believed she was very wise for her young age, and this showed through the consistent sense of maturity with which she carried herself. Some dogs need to have commands repeated or voices neutrally asserted over the din of city life: this is not necessarily the case with Shiba Inus. She clearly respected her environment and her circumstances, which included me (someone she just met). I was very appreciative of and I deeply respected the trust she showed me. She showed a great deal of reservation that served as a welcome balance to the very obvious joy she felt being an uninhibited puppy in the city.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
scaling larger rocks
kicking up leaves
Listening to the music of street performers
digging
I have worked with two Shibas professionally, and both of them of course shared some commonalities, but overall their dispositions differed greatly. This reflection relates to the first Shiba, a highly anxious and young pup. Shiba's are both famously docile and playful. They are truly gentle and poised at all times and this showed through in a noticeable extreme with this first Shiba I have in mind. He would not enter the elevator and his owner, who he clearly loved intensely, had to join us briefly in the elevator just to get the little pup in and on his way. Once downstairs he was incredibly reluctant to use the revolving door, our only means of exit. I really felt for him, especially when we got outside. He stuck to his usual route like a normal dog, but after doing his business he relinquished any signs of comfort. We walked one block during our whole half hour appointment, which I don't mind because I prefer it when the dogs dictate certain things; their comfort is my top priority. I sat next to him on a street corner and kept close. By the end of our appointment I could tell he trusted me enough to accept some of my verbal commands, but overall his anxiety and paranoia were intense and constant. I think this is the sense of certainty the breed is famous for operating in conjunction with his very young age and his dedicated city lifestyle. Shiba's like to be sure of themselves and I was for the most part a total stranger, which I totally understand. Their sense for caution is to be admired and was merely heightened by his youth and preference for the company of his missing owner. As they age, they grow in independence and confidence like the intelligent dogs they are.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
One Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I walked a Shiba Inu puppy named Piper Rose several times. She is very friendly and playful. Piper Rose listens very well to commands such as “sit” or “stay”. Piper Rose has a lot of energy and gets very excited around new people. On our walks she will try to chase small animals such as squirrels or cats. Piper Rose does not bark. You need to be firm and confident with Piper Rose or she will pull the leash and take you for a walk. I run with her sometimes because she has so much energy. Piper Rose likes to run and sometimes we race each other. When Piper Rose is calm enough I can pet her, and she loves the attention. When I take Piper Rose for walks she usually has so much energy that she cannot sit still for more than a second.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
6 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Tug-of-war
Fetch
She was a good little dog. She was stand off-ish at first. The owner had to put her leash and harness on. She was fine after that. She pulled the whole walk and picked up random things with her mouth. She played with a tennis ball she found and got stubborn about leaving it behind when we continued our walk- she would drop it and then take a few steps and put the breaks on and want to go back for it. She also seemed fairly "sight motivated" the more a passing by dog or animal like a bird would move she really seemed to be agitated by it and wanted to chase it. She was a nice dog a lot of quirks.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
Walking
My experience with Shiba Inus has been great! The ones I walk have had a calm energy to them. They get very excited to greet you and do jump a little, but once they settle they are excellent walkers! They listened to commands very well and didn’t pull the leash much at all. Both dogs I walked had to stop and sniff just about everything in sight, but I didn’t have to worry much about them eating anything they weren’t supposed to. During our walks, they don’t easily trigger by other dogs, people, or vehicles. The one will even lay down when she sees another dog until they pass. Overall, I love spending time with these sweet little dogs and would love to have one of my own someday!
7 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play
Play keep away
Walk
The Shiba Inu that I walked was very particular about smells--if a walker had walked any previous dogs or had pets at home, he became rather difficult to get the leash on and convince to go anywhere. We were scheduled to walk for an hour, so we did have time for this challenge, but the beginning of the walk left me worried about whether we would be capable of making any distance at all. Typically I attempt to play games: tricks & treats, but, because Sophie wasn't interested in treats, this didn't get us far. Eventually she did move upon her own accord. We were instructed to head to the nearby dog park and let her run around. This clearly had been a common course of action: she led us directly there. She was fantastic with all the other dogs and happily spent her time running in very fast circles around the space and playing keep-away with the other dogs. When it was finally time for us to start heading back trouble ensued. No matter the technique I attempted, catching her to get her leash back on was nearly impossible. After calling the owner I was told that even he needed to, "Urge her over using a stick then sort of pounce on her while you attach the leash." I knew it was going to be difficult. I spent nearly a half hour trying to urge her over with a stick, sitting very still, attempting to use treats and other toys, convincing others to help, trying to play with other dogs to get her to come over, and anything else I could think up to no avail. Finally the park had completely cleared out barring one single dog companion. The other owner and I collaborated to get her dog into the pre-play-pen and romp together in there. The fun intrigued her finally and, within the enclosed space I was finally able to leash her up and take her back home. I urged the owner to either warn future walkers about her tendency or to suggest that they not bring her to the dog park anymore. As much fun as she had romping around and as good a companion she is with other dogs, her complacency toward her human companion makes it a very challenging situation. Sophie is a beautiful dog and a great walker, but most certainly a free spirit as well.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
I love Shiba Inus they are soooooo cute and loveable. The Shiba Inu I walked was very friendly and energetic. It loved to play around and have fun. I think they need a lot of exercise to keep them healthy. Shiba Inus are very, very smart pups. People love Shiba Inus because they look a bit like a fox and Shiba Inus will get a lot of attention on the street, they are a people lover. When walking past other dogs she was very friendly the other dogs did not seem to bother her at all. I think that Shiba Inus like all the attention ,they like getting petted and they are so soft. Overall this bread would make a great companion to have.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Walk
Shias can be a little stand off-ish, but will warm up quickly. They are a little skittish around other dogs, but tend to work well with other humans. Not violent by any means, but just a little nervous.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
avoiding the walk
I was really excited to walk a Shiba Inu, but having done it I won't do it again unless I know the dog and owner. They're very strong willed, tend to be cold towards new people and incredibly smart, so it can be a challenge to take care of them without an existing relationship. I've mostly found them at least okay on leashes, as long as they want to walk in the first place and you can figure out where they want to go. I find they like to follow paths they approve of or come up with themselves, so if you can figure out what they want they become more agreeable.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Play
Walk
I love Shiba Inus! This Shiba Inu was particularly friendly and energetic. I have heard that Shiba Inus are fiercely loyal and sometimes are not that friendly to people other than their family, but this Shiba Inu was very sweet. I think they need a lot of exercise and engagement. Shiba Inus are very, very smart. People love Shiba Inus (they look a bit like foxes) and Shiba Inus will get a lot of attention on the street. I did not come in contact with any other dogs on the walk, so I do not know how this Shiba Inu behaves around other dogs. I think that Shiba Inus like being busy/having something to keep them occupied. They are great problem solvers and seem to enjoy a challenge.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
6 Months
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
eating
Running
The shiba inu that I walked was a puppy, so he was full of energy and liked to run a lot. He liked to sniff pretty everything and anything, but he had a bad habit of trying to eat almost everything off the ground. Very fun walk though because I would run with him, and he was very playful!
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Running
Tug-of-war
Playing
Walking
The Shibas I have walked have been almost cat-like. They’re not incredibly outgoing and needy for attention but we’re very interested in exploring and going on walks and little outdoor adventures.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
sniffin
The Shiba Inus I have encountered have all been very intelligent and independent. They can come off as aloof, especially to strangers. In my experience they have been very focused on the walk and not really too interested in being pet or human affection in general. On walks they can be quite focused on their surrounding and sniffing out the area. They can also be a little territorial with other dogs. They’re super cute and people always want to pet them, but a lot of times they aren’t too interested.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
socializing
Walk
I have walked three of these dogs. One of them was so aggressive that it wouldn't even let me put on his leash without trying to bite my hand, I had to end up cancelling the walk. Completely different experience with the other two that I walked. They were very friendly to me and other people and dogs. Calm and don't seem to have a lot of excess energy they need to burn off.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
8 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
sniff
Shiba Inus are smart, loyal, and love to hunt and go after animals. They will bolt after a squirrel or bird so be careful with them. Shibas can be protective so approach them carefully. Shibas are very smart and easy to train.
7 months, 4 weeks ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Fetch
Tug-of-war
Play keep away
Hike
Play
Look out the window
Walk
My Shiba Inu is my best friend. She is super loyal to me and she defiantly fits the discription of a Shiba Inu. Everyone thinks she’s so pretty and thinks she is a fox
7 months, 4 weeks ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Catch treats
Explore the city
I have had the pleasure of walking many Shiba Inus during my time as a Wag dog walker. You can not help but smile when you see a Shiba Inu - they are the cutest little fox faced dogs! They are adorable and very appealing to the eye. Another interesting thing about the Shiba Inu breed is the fact that they're virtually silent dogs! I have never heard a Shiba bark .. ever! I think this is what makes them perfect city apartment dogs. They're generally very easy to walk. They like to go outside on leisurely walks but don't require particularly intense exercise. They are pretty happy doing their own thing and quietly appreciating their surroundings. They are not the most "people-oriented" dogs and often won't beg for human attention. They are pretty self sufficient and are happy being on their own and having you a few feet away. I would say this breed is the most cat-like of the dog breeds.
8 months ago
Two Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
It was an enjoyable walk/run. He had a lot of pent-up energy so he expelled it by jumping and running. He looked like an adorable fox. He enjoyed sniffing a lot too.
8 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Dog Parks
I walked a Shiba Inu in pouring rain and while dainty the dog didn’t care one bit he was soaking wet. He had playful energy and a 30 minute walk wasn’t suitable for his energy but he still listened going in his crate
8 months ago
9 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Sniffing
These dogs were beautiful with lots of thick fur. These two dogs were very different in other ways, though. One was a senior and very large. She walked quite slow. The other was a puppy and wanted to walk fast. It would have been more beneficial for both to walk separately. I could have walked the puppy faster and jogged a bit. I could have walked slower for the older one so she could take her time. They were both friendly and liked to walk. What they both liked the best was to stop and smell. They wanted to see who was in their neighborhood and leave their mark to show they were there. They were so soft and furry I just wanted to cuddle them! Too bad that's not part of the normal walking activities!
8 months ago
6 Months
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
Eating Snacks
Shake
Shibas are so cute, energetic, and quirky. However they are a little difficult to train and a little bit "headstrong"! This one was absolutely stubborn, but also very eager and sweet, which made up for it. Shibas also groom themselves and are content being little couch potatoes.
8 months ago
14 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walking
My shiba lived to be 14 years old. He was a great companion. He was obedient and trainable. He enjoyed playing with kids and was very calm around them. When he was younger he was full of energy and loved to run. I was able to trust him off leash in his middle years but not in the beginning or end. He shed a lot but had a beautiful healthy full coat.
8 months ago
3 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
meeting people
Run
Groom
She was a little standoffish at first, barking a lot and refusing to accept a treat. However the walk itself was fun and she seemed to enjoy sniffing and briskly walking. We met a few people en route and she sniffed at them hesitantly but did not really want to be pet. She did accept some belly rubs after the walk and seemed to be warming up much more.
8 months ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
In addition to walking a Shiba Inu, I also have owned Shibas in the past. The particular Shiba that I walked for Wag was a great dog. Very calm and very obedient. A great walking partner.
8 months ago
1 Year
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Rest
Short walks
I had two Shiba Inu and each had a different personality. One of them didn't like long walks and the other didn't mind. The same dog would bark at other dogs and children. It's not too social because it didn't like another dog at the park. It seemed tense most of the time while the other dog was chill
8 months ago
2 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
jumping and climbing
playing with ball
This particular Shiba Inu was very independent. He's friendly, but didn't seem to care what I was doing. He did pee in the hallway (probably out of excitement). He enjoyed sniffing around at the park and to my surprise, would jump up on the benches. When we got back, he enjoyed playing with his ball.
8 months ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Nap
Walk
Eating Snacks
I just love Shibas. They are the absolute sweetest but usually want nothing to do with you. They’re the ‘cats’ of dogs. They want to be left alone, until they don’t. If they want love they’ll let you know. They love to walk. They’re very inquisitive. I’m yet to meet one that really wants to run or move quick. For the most part they just want to mosey and sniff.
8 months ago
5 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Hunt
Run
One of the smartest and energetic dogs out there! One I walked was very alert and knew exactly what route to take. He was itching to run and get out his energy! But these dogs love to hut so I always make sure they aren't sniffing around bushes or trees too long :).
8 months ago
4 Years
People
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Walk
sniff
Explore the city
This shiba inu was willful and confident, as the breed tends to be, but a quick study and easy to walk overall. She was quiet and seemed a little lost in thought, suddenly snapping to attention at odd things, as if she had just realized where she was. A quirky breed, too willful for good recall so they need to be on leash at all times.
8 months ago
Taz
2 Years
1 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My best friend and he makes every day a little brighter.
8 months, 4 weeks ago
Apolo
3 Months
2 People
Apartment
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
My Shiba basically house trained himself there was barely any effort there. He gets in a playfull mood but can also be very calm. He is very loving and great woth other dogs and kids. Everyone that meets him loves him. Grooming is minimal just brush every so often. He doesnt like the leasg but he's getting better with it.
9 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
Pweeeze!
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd