11-13 lbs
United States
Shiba Inu
The Shibadox is a hybrid mix of the purebred Shiba Inu and Dachshund.  The Shibadox may range in appearance but often carries the bright, cheerful expression of the Shiba Inu and the low to the ground appearance of the Dachschund.  The Shibadox is not a well-known hybrid and is currently recognized by only two related competitive breed registries; the Designer Dog Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry.  Both parent breeds, despite their respective origins and widely different looks, were bred for hunting small game, but the Shibadox is considered a companion dog today and thanks to the genetic background of the Shiba Inu, is considered a healthy hybrid.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Shiba Inu and Dachshund

Shibadox Health

Average Size
Male Shibadox size stats
Height: 15-30 inches Weight: 12-14 lbs
Female Shibadox size stats
Height: 15-30 inches Weight: 11-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Bladder Stones
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Complete Physical Examination
  • Thyroid Panel
  • DNA for VWD

Shibadox Breed History

The Shibadox is a remarkably healthy crossbreed between the purebred Dachshund and Shiba Inu.  Despite its fine looks and health, this designer dog is not well-known, and breed documentation is limited.  Only two breed registries, which are related, currently recognize the hybrid.  The Shibadox may be registered with the Designer Breed Registry or the International Canine Designer Registry.  Neither registry has current information on this hybrid but owners who wish to understand the history and character traits of their Shibadox may review the respective histories of the parent breeds. The Shiba Inu is an ancient dog that developed alongside the Akita in Japan but is a smaller dog and belongs to the Spitz family.  Spitz dogs are exceedingly healthy canines and are usually marked with a flush brushed tail that curls over the back.  The Shiba Inu is an exceptionally healthy dog whose original role was as a small game hunter that flushed birds and earthbound creatures from the Japanese brushwood.  The Japanse word, Shiba,  means brushwood and may indicate the origin of the Shiba Inu's name.  One theory is the breed was named after the brushwood where the dog hunted, whereas a second theory suggests the breed was named Shiba because the red color of its coat is akin to the foliage of the brushwood in autumn.  A third theory suggests the word Shiba may be archaic Japanese for small and refers to the Shiba Inu's size.  The true meaning of the name may be lost, and the Shiba Inu lived in relative seclusion on the island of Japan until after World War II.  The bombing raids on Japan devastated the Shiba Inu population, but the breed survived.  Westerns imported the Shiba Inu by 1954 but it remained an obscure breed until the 1970s.  However, by 1993, the Shiba Inu's popularity had risen, and the breed achieved its first recognition by the American Kennel Club in the Miscellaneous Group.  Today, the breed enjoys moderate popularity and is well-known. The Dachshund is a dog of German descent whose name means badger dog.  These small, low to the ground dogs were tenacious earth dogs, capable of hunting and dragging vermin out their hiding places, despite the viciousness and near equal size of some game.  The Dachshund can trace its lineage as far back as the 15th century in Germany where the breed developed as both an above ground and below ground hunter.  However, by the 1800s, Dachshunds were bred more for companionship rather than hunting.  Selective breeding programs opted for smaller dogs and gave the Dachshund a wide range of weight from 15 to 30 pounds.  The Dachshund was imported to America in the 1880s and accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1885.  Today, the Dachshund ranks high in popularity.

Shibadox Breed Appearance

The Shibadox is a hybrid of the Shina Inu and the Dachshund and maintains many of the characteristics of both parents.  The Shibadox will usually have a longer body with short legs, similar to but not as exaggerated as the Dachshund parent's body.  The legs are stout and sturdy, and the tail often curls over the back, like the Shiba Inu.  The Shibadox's ears are triangular shaped and often stand up with no ceasing.  The head is longer and thinner, like the Dachshund and the eyes are round to oval-shaped with a cheerful expression.  The Shibadox's nose is black, though it can be brown in brown-colored dogs and it is often perfectly round with large nostrils that support heavy respiration.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shibadox eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shibadox nose
brown Shibadox nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shibadox coat
brown Shibadox coat
red Shibadox coat
fawn Shibadox coat
sable Shibadox coat
white Shibadox coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Shibadox straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shibadox Breed Maintenance

Maintaining the Shibadox is easy though it is not considered a hypoallergenic breed and can be a moderate to heavy shedding dog.  The Shibadox will benefit from daily grooming, but daily brushing is not necessary.  Brushing your Shibadox's coat will significantly reduce the amount of dead and loose hair as well as keep the skin healthy and conditioned.  Shibadox's are prone to developing skin conditions so they should not often be bathed.  The Shabidox is an active dog with a low potential for drooling and is not known to have a doggy odor.   They do, however, tend weight gain and will overeat if given the opportunity.
Brushes for Shibadox
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Shibadox requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shibadox Temperament

The Shibadox is a loyal, cheerful dog that does not tolerate being left alone for long.  They are highly affectionate with their people but are also known for their stubborn natures.  With proper socialization, the Shibadox can be affectionate and loving toward children.  However, this hybrid is better suited for older children who will not improperly pick the dog up or play rough.  The Shibadox is less friendly toward strangers and can be protective of its people.  Though they will always be leery of new people, owners can reduce the likelihood of aggressive behaviors through early and consistent socialization with people, places, and other dogs.  The same is true for the Shibadox's friendliness toward other dogs and pets.  Their stubbornness also means they require a strong, experienced owner; so, the Shibadox is not well-suited for novice dog owners.

Shibadox Activity Requirements

The Shibadox is an active hybrid with moderate energy levels.  The short legs and long body may slow down this hybrid, but they are otherwise quick and eager to run and play.  A secured backyard is ideal for the Shibadox.  However, supervision is required while outside because the Shibadox will attempt an escape, including digging its way out.  The Shibadox is not fond of weather extremes but can adapt to living in either a hot or cold climate if need be.  With plenty of physical and mental stimulation, the Shibadox does remarkably well in small space living, such as an apartment.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Shibadox Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $35.00
food bag monthly cost

Shibadox Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shibadox size stats at six months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Shibadox size stats at six months
Height: 18.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Shibadox size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Shibadox size stats at 12 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Shibadox size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Shibadox size stats at 18 months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs

Shibadox Owner Experiences

2 Years
6 People
House & Yard
He was a rescue dog they called him a bisenje corgie mix. After a ton of research I desided there was no way. This look like him a describes him to a tee
5 years, 12 months ago
1 Year
2 People
Roo is very sweet and friendly and independent. Enjoys my other 2 dachshund’s company- especially the smaller 2 year old- they play a lot and rather aggressively. (But friendly.) Fine with kids as long as they are gentle- backs off if they come at her too quickly. Likes to cuddle but doesn’t always like to be picked up. Has learned commands quickly but still working on potty training. She was found as a stray at 8 months old, but must have had a loving family when young as she is super sweet and happy. Ferocious appetite. Slight fear when we put the harness over her head- maybe some previous trauma. She sits straight up like a prairie dog and stands up like a circus dog. And she jumps straight up many times very high when we get home! Everyone loves her!
3 years, 10 months ago
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