17-24 lbs
United States
Boston Terrier
Shiba Inu
The Shibos is a hybrid designer mix between the purebred Shiba Inu and Boston Terrier.  The size of both parents is similar, and the Shibos's height and weight is fairly reliable, no matter which parent the dog takes after.  However, the height and weight are where the similarities between the Shiba Inu and the Boston Terrier end.  The temperaments and physical characteristics of both parents are so far different that a reliable hybrid standard cannot be determined.  However, owners can except their Shibos to be affectionate and loyal to their human family.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Shiba Inu and Boston Terrier

Shibos Health

Average Size
Male Shibos size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 17-24 lbs
Female Shibos size stats
Height: 12-16 inches Weight: 17-24 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Food Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Cushing‚Äôs Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests

Shibos Breed History

The Shibos is a designer breed and does not have a long or well-documented history.  Given the vast difference between the two parent breeds, the Shiba Inu and the Boston Terrier, some may wonder at a crossbreeding program.  The respective parents have significant differences in physical appearances and dispositions.  These differences make it difficult to accurately predict how the Shibos will develop but owners that wish to understand the potential future of their Shibos may review both parents to gain more insight. The Shiba Inu is the slightest of the native Japanese dog.  The breed is not well-documented, but given its ancient bloodlines to the Asian Spitz family of dogs, many believe the Shiba Inu is an equally ancient dog.  Even the origin of the Shiba Inu's name is unclear.  Some believe it refers to the stature of the breed as small as Shiba is archaic Japanese for small.  The modern-day word now means brushwood and may also be where the Shiba Inu draws its name; either from its hunting grounds in the brushwood or the red color of the foliage in autumn.  The Shiba Inu lived and thrived in Japan for several centuries before being threatened with extinction during World War II.  Bombing raids, disease, and lack of food significantly reduced the population, but by 1954, the Shiba Inu had come back strong and was also imported to America.  The Shiba Inu's popularity remained low for its first two decades in the United States but great steadily beginning in the 1970s.  Today, the Shiba Inu enjoys moderately high popularity and was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993. The Boston Terrier is a much younger breed than the Shiba Inu, and despite its name, the Boston Terrier is not a Terrier at all.  The Boston Terrier is related to the Mastiff family and developed in America during the 1800s though the origins are not so clear.  Many believe the Boston Terrier was a crossbred Bulldog and now extinct English Terrier that was bred against French Bulldogs to achieve the modern-day look of the Boston Terrier.  Some believe the dog was intended as a new pit fighter, but the Boston Terrier soon captured the hearts of men and assumed the companion nickname, the "Gentleman."   The name of Boston Terrier was later assigned to the breed as the dog had previously been known as the Round Head or the Boston Bulldog.  However, Bulldog fanciers in the United States strongly objected to the association with the Bulldog and eventually, the Boston Terrier was selected as the name to pay homage to the region where the breed developed.  The Boston Terrier is one of only ten American-made dogs that are recognized by the American Kennel Club, and this breed has the distinction of being the first American breed recognized in 1983.  Today, the Boston Terrier ranks high in its popularity, a position it has held for decades.  

Shibos Breed Appearance

The Shibos is a small hybrid of the Shiba Inu and the Boston Terrier.  They come in three color combinations, brindle, seal, and black and white.  Their skin is tight and their coats can range from smooth to fluffy.  The Shibos's ears are triangular and pricked up while the head is round and the muzzle short.  The nose of this hybrid is black and round and their eyes are dark brown and usually round as well.  Their bodies are stocky but their legs are long, like that Boston Terrier.  The Shibos is somewhat foxlike in its appearance, like the Shiba Inu but is not as stocky as is Shiba Inu parent.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shibos eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shibos nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Shibos coat
blue Shibos coat
black Shibos coat
white Shibos coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Shibos straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shibos Breed Maintenance

The Shibos is an easy to maintain canine, though this hybrid is not a hypoallergenic dog.  The Shibos is a moderate shedding dog and will shed more if its coat resembles the double coat of the Shiba Inu parent.  Otherwise, the smooth, soft hair flat against the skin does not hold dirt and debris well.  Weekly brushing with a bristle brush, or using pet wipes will help keep the coat looking its best.  The Shibos has sensitive skin and frequent baths may strip the natural oils and irritate the skin.  The Shibos should only have a bath when necessary, and brushing will be best for removing dirt and debris.  The Shibos may also be sensitive to certain foods and develop food-related allergies.  It is always a good idea to monitor your dog's health when giving him new food and make adjustments as necessary.
Brushes for Shibos
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Shibos requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shibos Temperament

The Shibos is a clever hybrid but may range in temperament depending on which parent breed the hybrid more closely resembles.  They will be loyal and protective over their people but may be reserved in affection if they take after the Shiba Inu or exceedingly jovial if they resemble the Boston Terrier.  Most likely, the Shibos will strike a balance between the two parents.  The Shibos is always friendly toward children but is better suited for older children.  Early and consistent socialization with people, places, and other pets will help the Shibos with its friendliness toward strangers and other others.  Cats and small pets may have a more difficult time adjusting to life with a Shibos though.  With consistency and patience, many owners can overcome the sometimes stubborn nature of their Shibos during training as well.  The more the Shibos resembles the Boston Terrier in this respect, the easier training will be for both the Shibos and it family.     

Shibos Activity Requirements

The Shibios has moderate exercise needs, and his size means this hybrid can get some of his daily activities completed within the home.  However, a small backyard with a fence is ideal for moving around.  The Shibos is also likely to cuddle up on the couch or the foot of the bed for naps and will be a docile companion when not agitated by stimulation.  The Shibos adapts easily to apartment living as long as he gets his daily exercise and mental stimulation.  When it comes to climate, the Shibos has a higher tolerance for cold weather but should never be left alone outside under any conditions.
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
30 minutes
activity minutes

Shibos Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Shibos Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shibos size stats at six months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Shibos size stats at six months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Shibos size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
Female Shibos size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Shibos size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs
Female Shibos size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 20.5 lbs

Shibos Owner Experiences

7 Months
2 People
She is great with a small soccer ball, hates the cold, loves to snuggle to sleep, drama queen but so loving and lovable
5 years, 10 months ago
5 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Smart, stubborn, loves to snuggle. I love him to death!
4 years, 5 months ago
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