Shiba Inu

If you are thinking about adopting a shiba inu , be it a dog or an adult, and want to know everything about it, you have entered the right place. In this article by YourCatCareguide we give you all the information you should know about this cute little Japanese dog. Including your character, size or care needed.

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The shiba inu is one of the oldest Spitz type breeds in the world. Found ruins of the 500 AD were found and its name literally means “small dog”. It is a breed, in general, very affectionate with the owners and very adaptable to different environments and families. Some sources claim that it originates in Korea or South China, although popularly it is attributed to him Japanese origin. He is currently one of the most popular companion dogs in Japan.

  • Asia
  • Japan
 FCI Classification
  • Grupo V
 Physical characteristics
  • 15-35
  • 35-45
  • 45-55
  • 55-70
  • 70-80
  • More than 80
 Adult weight
  • 1-3
  • 3-10
  • 10-25
  • 25-45
  • 45-100
 Hope of life
  • 8-10
  • 10-12
  • 12-14
  • 15-20
 Recommended physical activity
  • Low
  • Average
  • High
 Recommended weather
 Type of hair

Physical characteristics of Shiba inu

The shiba inu is an agile dog with a sturdy breast and short hair. Of small size is quite identical to the akita inu, one of his closest relatives while we can observe clear differences in appearance: the shiba inu is much smaller and, unlike the akita inu your nose is thinner. We also noticed small pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes. In addition, they share a much desired attribute: the coiled tail .

The colors of shiba inu are very different:

  • Red
  • Sesame Red
  • Black and cinnamon
  • Preto sesame
  • Sesame
  • White
  • Beige

With the exception of the white shiba inu, all other colors are accepted by the Kennel Club provided they have the Urajiro feature consisting of showing white spots on the muzzle, jaw, abdomen, tail interior, paws interior and cheeks.

Sexual dysfunction is minimal. Males usually measure about 40 centimeters to the cross and weigh about 11-15 pounds. While, females usually measure about 37 inches to the cross and weigh between 9 and 13 pounds.

Character and behavior of shiba inu

Each dog has a particular character and behavior, regardless of the breed to which it belongs. However, we can mention some general attributes that usually accompany shiba dogs inu.

It is an independent and quiet dog , although not always, since it is an excellent vigilantedog that will enjoy to be watching the land of the house and warning us before the presence of any intruder. He is very close to the owners, to whom he shows loyalty and affection . He is a little shy with strangers, with whom he will be passive and distant. We can add that it is a dog a little nervous, excited and playful, even a little disobedient.

As for the shiba inu’s relations with other dogs , it will depend largely on the socialization he received, a topic that we will discuss in the next step. If you have dedicated time to this process we can enjoy a social dog that will socialize with other members of your species without problem.

In general, there is controversy over the relationship between shiba inu and children . We can say that if we educate our dog properly, there will not be any problems, but when it comes to an excitable and nervous dog we should teach our children how to play and relate to him to avoid any problem. It is important to maintain stability in the home, something that will positively affect all the members that make it including the dog, of course.

How to educate a shiba inu

To begin with, you should be clear that by adopting a shiba inu puppy you should devote time to the socialization process to get a sociable dog and no fears. It is very important that you keep this in mind before adopting a dog. It will also be crucial to start the basic orders , which can sometimes become a bit difficult. Always use positive reinforcement and never force it in this process. The shibu inu reacts very badly to violence and maltreatment and can become a frightening dog and may even bite its owners.

The education of shiba inu is not difficult if we devote at least about 10-15 minutes a day, since it is a rather intelligent dog. But it takes a constant owner and with some experience in basic education and socialization.

We recommend that you define the rules for shiba inu with your whole family: whether or not you can go to bed, mealtimes, tour schedules, etc. If everyone does everything in the same way the shina inu will not become a disobedient dog.

Possible diseases of shiba inu

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hereditary eye defects
  • Dislocation of the patella

The Shiba Inu life expectancy is not yet well defined, some professionals say that the average life expectancy of this breed is 15 years, while others say that a Shiba Inu can go until age 18. Still, worth mentioning a shiba inu who lived 26 years. Providing you with the right care and a proper life, so as to be happy, will dramatically increase your life expectancy.

Care of shiba inu

To begin with you should know that the shiba inu is a particularly clean dog that reminds us, as for hygiene, of a cat. You can spend hours cleaning yourself and enjoy having your immediate family members brush them. Brush your shiba inu 2 or 3 times a week, eliminating dead hair and also preventing the appearance of insects.

During shiba inu hair changes it will be essential to increase the frequency of brushing and provide good feeding.

We recommend you bathe it every two months , unless it is especially dirty. This is because the shiba inu has a very thick internal sub-layer that in addition to protecting it conserves an essential natural fat. Excess water and soap will eliminate this natural protection of the skin. During cooler times in winter, we recommend using dry shampoos to prevent your shiba inu from remaining wet too long.

We also highlight the need for activity that a shiba inu needs. You should walk with him at least 2 or 3 times a day at times between 20 and 30 minutes. We also recommend that you practice active exercise with it, without forcing it, so that your muscles develop and relieve stress.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the shiba can accumulate morsels, which if we do not remove them can form an ugly stain on the tear.

In addition, it will be crucial that our dog can enjoy his own bed or toys to relax and bite properly among others. A premium feed and good care will translate into a healthy, happy and enjoyable dog.


  • In the past the Shiba Inu was used as a hunting dog for pheasants or small mammals.
  • The dog who lived the longest in the world, at 26 was a Shiba Inu who lives in Japan.
  • It has almost disappeared a few times, but the cooperation of Japan’s creators and society will make it possible for this breed to continue.

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