Dog Profiles: Shiba Inu

  • The Shiba Inu sheds its coat biannually. It “blows” its coat out in much the same way as it would dry itself off when wet.
  • The males are between 14.5 to 16.5 inches tall and weigh roughly 23 pounds. Females are between 13.5 to 15.5 inches tall and weigh around 17 pounds.
  • The Shiba Inu who was used in a 2013 meme is named Kabosu and belongs to a Japanese kindergarten teacher.
  • This breed has a propensity towards conditions like hyperthyroidism, epilepsy, glaucoma, and hip dysplasia. Talk to your dog’s breeder concerning any and all possible ailments within your dog’s bloodline.
  • It is important to keep a Shiba Inu on a lead when out and about as they have a strong sense of predation and will pursue anything smaller than they are. Small children and infants should be kept away
  • The Shiba Inu is a particularly territorial breed. Whilst a Shiba is undergoing training, it is a good idea to hide his or her toys and things away from other dogs or children to avoid a territorial conflict.
  • This breed has a tendency towards haughtiness. They are very clever and independent which sometimes makes them a bit more difficult to train. They have been likened to cats and have been known to “purr” when stroked.
  • “Shiba,” in Japanese, means “brushwood” or “small” (in two different dialects.) The “brushwood” comparison could be to do with where the Shiba mainly hunts or may be a reference to the breed’s red color (The Shiba plant bears red leaves.) Or, in regards to “small,” the Shiba Inu is the smallest dog breed native to Japan. To hedge their bets, many people translate the breed name to “Small Brushwood Dog.” (“Inu” literally only means “dog.”)
  • The breed can be colored red, black and tan, or red sesame ( a predominately red coat with black-tipped ears).
  • The average Shiba’s life span is somewhere on the spectrum between 12 and 16 years.