Siberian Shiba

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15-30 lbs
13-18"
United States
Siberian Husky
Shiba Inu
Husky Inu, Shusky

The Shiba Inu is an adorable small dog created from a Siberian Husky and a Shiba Inu. Although it can vary between individuals, most Siberian Shibas crave attention and can get depressed if not given enough. They are usually very friendly pets, but if they are not properly socialized as a puppy they should be watched around other dogs. They prefer the colder climates and should not be exercised too much in the extreme heat. With a strong and tricky personality, the Siberian Shiba is a dog not suited for everyone. However, when paired with the right home, these dogs make great companions.

Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Siberian Husky, Shiba Inu

Siberian Shiba Health

Average Size
Male Siberian Shiba size stats
Height: 13-18 inches Weight: 15-30 lbs
Female Siberian Shiba size stats
Height: 13-18 inches Weight: 15-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Ultrasound
  • Urinalysis
  • Complete Blood Profile
  • Intraocular Pressure
  • Blood Count
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Ophthalmic Examination

Siberian Shiba Breed History

The origin of the Siberian Shiba is very recent, since they are born from a Siberian Husky and a Shiba Inu parent. The latter is a fairly recent breed themselves, and were only introduced to America around 60 years ago, and are still gaining popularity. They are native to Japan and, even though they are small, they were used to flush birds and hunt small prey, along with boar and bear. The breed gets their name from the Japanese word Shiba, meaning brushwood and small, whereas Inu translates to dog. The breed had a hard time during World War II, but were brought back thanks to several breeding programs. Siberian Huskies come from Yatsuk, which is an isolated region of the extreme northeastern Siberia. They were developed by the inhabitants of this region, called the Chukchi people. They were mainly used as endurance sled dogs, as they were the most common source of transportation. The Siberian Husky was perfect for the job, as they were capable of running at a moderate speed for long distances and could pull the weight of the sleds, even in the cold weather. In order to genetically improve the dogs throughout generations, all but the best were castrated. They were never crossbred, and therefore for over 3000 years the pedigrees were kept pure. This breed was cared for by the women, which gave the dogs experience around children as well. These dogs were introduced to America in the 20th century by an explorer and fur trader named Olaf Swenson. Siberian Huskies ran the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, where a team of this breed driven by Norwegian Leonhard Seppala won in 1915, 1916 and 1917. During the winter of 1925, the same man was driver for one of the several teams of Siberian Husky used to deliver serum to Nome, Alaska, which was used to avert a diphtheria epidemic.

Siberian Shiba Breed Appearance

Siberian Shibas will have physical traits from both the Siberian Husky and the Shiba Inu. It can be hard to determine which characteristics will be developed from each parent, since some dogs will adopt different traits than others. Overall, Siberian Shibas are compact and proportionate dogs with lots of muscle. They are sometimes described as wolf- or fox-like, with an intelligent look in their eyes and erect ears. They usually have bushy tails and expressive faces. The eyes are almond shaped, small and can be a variety of colors, with some dogs having two different colored eyes. The Siberian Shiba has triangularly shaped ears that are erect and small, although still proportionate compared to the size of the body and head. They are wide set and tilt forwards at an angle that matches the arched neck. The bodies, which are distinctly male or female, will not be as tall as they are long. Their feet have arched toes and are compact and cat-like with thick pads.

Eye Color Possibilities
blue Siberian Shiba eyes
Blue
brown Siberian Shiba eyes
Brown
amber Siberian Shiba eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Siberian Shiba nose
Black
brown Siberian Shiba nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Siberian Shiba coat
Black
fawn Siberian Shiba coat
Fawn
brown Siberian Shiba coat
Brown
white Siberian Shiba coat
White
red Siberian Shiba coat
Red
pied Siberian Shiba coat
Pied
gray Siberian Shiba coat
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Siberian Shiba straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Siberian Shiba Breed Maintenance

This hybrid breed will definitely need to be brushed often. This is evident, since Shiba Inus shed a lot and Siberian Huskies shed even more. Therefore, be prepared to spend some time brushing your dog and don’t be surprised if you need to vacuum the house often. Siberian Huskies need to be brushed at least once a week, but do not need to be regularly bathed, as they are fairly clean and will wash themselves. The Shiba Inu will need to be brushed and bathed occasionally, but maintenance is fairly straightforward. Other needs include brushing your dog’s teeth, which should be done at least two or three times per week. This simple yet essential task will keep the teeth from decaying and the gums from becoming tender. Their ears should be cleaned weekly in order to prevent ear infections, and the nails will need to be trimmed around once or twice a month. How often your dog needs their nails clipped will depend on their lifestyle and activity level.
Brushes for Siberian Shiba
Pin Brush
Deshedder
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Siberian Shiba requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Siberian Shiba Temperament

The Siberian Shiba is a beautiful breed, but they can sometimes be hard to handle, especially if the owners are unfamiliar with the parent breeds. Both the Siberian Husky and Shiba Inu breeds are very independent dogs that also have very high prey drives. They are also quite intelligent and skilled escape artists. Therefore, the Siberian Shiba should always be kept on leash or in a well secured area. This breed could also be curious, like their Husky parent. It can be hard to determine some traits of this designer breed for sure, since some aspects of the Siberian Husky and Shiba Inu are opposite. For example, the Shiba Inu is very independent and does not usually crave affection. Siberian Huskies, on the other hand, need constant human companionship and can get upset when left alone. This hybrid breed is usually a good match for home with children, although they should be monitored around young kids.

Siberian Shiba Activity Requirements

Based on the activity level of the Siberian Inu’s parent breeds, we can conclude that these dogs will be highly active. This means that they will need to be exercised for around 60 to 90 minutes daily. Since this breed is so smart, they should be given some mental stimulation throughout the day as well. These dogs absolutely must be taught obedience training, since they are very strong mentally. To teach these dogs, you must be confident and firm, but not aggressive. They prefer colder weather and should not be exercised excessively when it is hot out. Not suitable at all for apartment living, they must have a safe enclosure in which to play - ideally a fenced yard that they can go in for fresh air several times a day.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Siberian Shiba Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Siberian Shiba Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Siberian Shiba size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Siberian Shiba size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 12 lbs
12 Months
Male Siberian Shiba size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Siberian Shiba size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 15 lbs
18 Months
Male Siberian Shiba size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 19 lbs
Female Siberian Shiba size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 19 lbs

Siberian Shiba Owner Experiences

jolie
5 Months
7 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Playing in the snow
Tug-of-war
Walk
She’s so energetic and hyper all the time!! It’s insane how much energy she has. She always is up to play and is very protective about her family.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Book me a walkiee?
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