Shiba Pin

15-20 lbs
United States
Shiba Inu
Miniature Pinscher
The Shiba Pin is a cute combination of the Miniature Pinscher and the Shiba Inu. These are both small breeds so your Shiba Pin will also be a small dog. In fact, these dogs do not get usually get bigger than 15 inches tall and usually weigh about 20 pounds on average. Although they are tiny dogs, they are very courageous and will try to protect you and your family from any danger. This breed loves children and other animals but may be snappy if startled or scared so you should watch them around little ones. They can be difficult to housetrain so you have to be strict and patient.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Miniature Pinscher and Shiba Inu

Shiba Pin Health

Average Size
Male Shiba Pin size stats
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 20-25 lbs
Female Shiba Pin size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test

Shiba Pin Breed History

Since the Shiba Pin has not been around for very long, it is best to look at the histories of the Miniature Pinscher and Shiba Inu. The Miniature Pinscher originated in Germany over 2000 years ago and even though they look like a Doberman Pinscher and share their name, they are not related at all. They were bred from German Pinschers, Terriers, Dachshunds, and Italian Greyhounds to get rid of rats and other vermin in stables and farm homes. In the late 19th century, the Pinscher Klub was developed in Germany although it was renamed the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub later. In the early 1900s, the Miniature Pinscher was shown in the Stuttgart Dog Show and 19 years later, they made it to the United States. The American Kennel Club accepted the breed into their club in 1925 and the Miniature Pinscher Club of America was developed in 1929. The breed is now the 68th most well-liked dog breed in the United States. The Shiba Inu was developed in Japan in 7000 B.C. from the Spitz to flush birds and other small game and was sometimes used to hunt wild boar. In the beginning, there were three sizes of Shiba Inu. The large size is now called the Akita, the medium sized is known as the Kai, Shikoku, Hokkaido, or Kishu, and the small size is the Shiba Inu. Although they were not known as Shiba Inu until the late 1920s, they have always been the same dog. Japan named the Shiba Inu a natural product under the Cultural Properties Act because of their hunting abilities and they were very popular. However, they almost became extinct after World War II due to distemper. Luckily, many of the military soldiers brought the Shiba Inu back to the United States with them and built up a new stock. They were acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1992 where they are the 44th most common dog in America.

Shiba Pin Breed Appearance

This breed is small and furry with large pointed ears that are usually erect but may hang down as well. They have a short to medium coat that can be many different colors including gray, pied, cream, fawn, red, white, sable, black, chocolate, brindle, or a mix of any of these colors. Even though they are small, they have long legs and a long tail that may curl up over her back or hang down, depending on her mood. They are a sturdy breed with a stocky body but they should still be handled carefully and supervised when there are children present.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shiba Pin eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shiba Pin nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shiba Pin coat
gray Shiba Pin coat
brown Shiba Pin coat
red Shiba Pin coat
cream Shiba Pin coat
fawn Shiba Pin coat
white Shiba Pin coat
pied Shiba Pin coat
sable Shiba Pin coat
brindle Shiba Pin coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Shiba Pin straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shiba Pin Breed Maintenance

Your Shiba Pin should be brushed thoroughly at least three or four times per week to prevent excessive shedding and keep the haircoat and skin healthy. You can bathe your dog when necessary but not too often as it can dry out the skin. If your dog has a thick coat like the Shiba Inu, you may need to use a deshedding tool or a metal comb to get to the undercoat. You will need to clean your dog’s teeth at least once a week as well to prevent dental disease. Also, trim your dog’s toenails as needed with a nail clipper.
Brushes for Shiba Pin
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Shiba Pin requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shiba Pin Temperament

The Miniature Pinscher and Shiba Inu are both friendly and outgoing breeds that enjoy playtime and hanging out with the family. However, they are standoffish with strangers and need to be socialized early and introduced to your guests. The Shiba Pin is a smart dog that learns quickly but may be a bit stubborn when it comes to housebreaking so you have to be patient and stick to the rules. As long as your dog gets enough physical and mental stimulation and is properly trained, she should not have any issues with separation anxiety.

Shiba Pin Activity Requirements

The Shiba Pin needs approximately 45 to 60 minutes of exercise per day to keep her happy and healthy. Dogs that do not get enough physical and mental stimulation can become bored and end up having behavior problems. Some may even become aggressive. Your Shiba Pin is good at many different sports such as flyball, agility training, and hunting. However, she would also enjoy playing with other dogs at the local dog park, running around and swimming at the beach, learning new tricks, going for a walk, or even hiking. If you have a fenced yard, your Shiba Pin will enjoy playing in the yard for a couple of hours a day as well.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Shiba Pin Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Shiba Pin Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shiba Pin size stats at six months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Shiba Pin size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Shiba Pin size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Shiba Pin size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Shiba Pin size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Shiba Pin size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs

Shiba Pin Owner Experiences

1 Year
4 People
House & Yard
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5 years, 1 month ago
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