Shiba Inu Dog Names

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Introduction

If you’re thinking of, or have decided to buy a Shiba Inu, initially from Japan, then this guide is certainly for you.  This gorgeous breed is wolf-like, but as it’s small, some sources have also compared this as being similar to a fox.  Naming your Shiba Inu requires a lot of thought and this guide will inspire you by looking at both popular and original names that might suit your cute canine.  This lovable dog is great with children and the American Kennel Club ranks it as the 44th most popular breed in America.  That suggests that this breed is a popular choice! 

Shiba Inu Dog Names in Popular Culture

Shiba Inu Dog Name Considerations

As with any breed, there are some considerations to make when naming your Shiba Inu.  Being that this is a Japanese breed, you may want to give it a traditional Japanese style name like Akira or Fuji.  Color can also influence your choice with this canine and you may decide to name your Shiba Inu based on whether they are black or light brownish red.  Names like Shadow are popular for the darker colored dogs, whereas names like Biscuit might be used for those who are lighter in color.  Appearance is also something to consider here.  Many sources suggest that this breed is either wolf-like or fox-like in appearance.  There are similarities to both!  This means that we may be inspired to choose wolf inspired names; for example there are werewolves in the TV show Shadow Hunters. From this show, you could choose a name like Alaric or Leila if you are a fan of the show or werewolves in general.  Temperament is also another consideration.  If you’ve not had your pup very long, and discover he is very energetic you might pick a name like Dart or Nipper. This guide takes these considerations into account to give you the best names based on these different factors, so check out the name suggestion list below.  Ensure you make notes on your favorites, so that you can go back to them and determine which name your Shiba Inu suits the most. 

Male Shiba Inu Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
6
Alaric
Inspired from the TV show Shadow Hunter; Alaric is a werewolf
6
Fuji
In Japanese, fuji means wisteria
5
Oz
Inspired by the lovable werewolf in Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show
5
Ruri
Means emerald; an emerald is symbolic to protect you from evil
5
Sparta
This word originates from ancient Greece
5
Bandit
A robber or outlaw belonging to a gang
5
Shogun
A commander in chief in Japan
5
Blitz
This is an intensive attack usually by the military
4
Maximus
A Roman Gladiator; just the name for the tough pooch
4
Izumi
This means spring or fountain in Japanese
4
Katsumi
This means victory, prevail or win in Japanese
3
Beta
The Beta wolf is the second in command
2
Rocky
For the tough Shiba Inu
2
Harlan
A lovely two syllable name for your Shiba
2
Dart
Running somewhere at speed
1
Lycan
Inspired by the lycan in the movie Underworld
1
Bugsy
Typically meaning crazy
1
Koto
From a Japanese musical instrument like a Harp
1
Bear
Meaning a large omnivorous creature
0
Milo
German meaning miles; ideal for the energetic Shiba Inu
0
Baloo
Inspired by the bear from Disney's The Jungle Book
0
Beast
A scary and fearless creature
-1
Joey
A cute name deriving from the Bible name Joseph
-1
Theo
A shortened name taken from Theodore
-1
Shadow
This could be color inspired by the darker breed of Shiba
-1
Alpha
The Alpha is the leader of the wolf pack
-2
Bruno
German name meaning armour or protection
-3
Zoom
If your Shiba loves to zoom around
-3
Hiroshi
This means generous in Japanese
-3
Fawkes
Ariana Grande's Shiba who lives with her friend

Female Shiba Inu Dog Names

Votes Name Vote
7
Pepper
Another name that could be inspired by color
6
Glimmer
Your Shiba Inu is a glimmer of hope
6
Tala
Meaning a red wolf or stalking wolf
5
Belle
For the beautiful female Shiba
5
Ruby
Ruby means red; fitting name for the brown/red colored Shiba Inu
5
Foxy
The brownish red colored Shiba Inu has appearance similarities to a fox
5
Akira
Japanese meaning bright
4
Dixie
A cute name for your adorable pup
4
Mei Mei
Mei means bud; because your Shiba is a blossoming bud
3
Gretel
Inspired by the werewolf character in the TV show Shadow Hunters
3
Amber
Orange/yellow colored gem stone
3
Yuki
Can mean happiness or snow in Japanese
3
Kita
Japanese name meaning north
3
Sandy
The name of Kelly Osbourne's Shiba Inu
2
Cheri
Deriving from French word Cherie meaning darling
1
Mari
Mari means genuine; because your Shiba is genuine and loyal
1
Ocean
Your dog might have eyes as deep as the ocean
1
Larentia
The she-wolf who nursed Romulus and Remus
0
Dakota
A popular female dog name
0
Autumn
A fab name for your reddish brown Shiba
0
Leila
Inspired by Shadow Hunters; Leila is a werewolf
0
Suki
This is the Japanese form of the verb like
0
Zia
Arabic word deriving from Ziya and meaning splendour
-1
White Fell
Inspired by Clemence Housman's 1896 story The Werewolf
-1
Accalia
Latin, meaning she-wolf
-1
Kitty
Inspired by Ariana Grande's Shiba Inu, Fawkes Kitty
-2
Suri
Suri is a Yiddish form of Sarah; also daughter of Katie Holmes
-2
Nikko
In Japanese Nikko means daylight
-3
Misty
Meaning to see unclear
-3
Maya
A Native American culture

Community Shiba Inu Dog Names