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Shiba Inu


The Shiba Inu puppy is an ancient Japanese breed known for its confidence and fearlessness. The NIPPO, or the Japanese Dog Preservation Society, describes this dog as Kan-i, or bold; Ryosei, or good-natured; and Sobuku, or simple.

This purebred does not typically crave as much attention compared to other breeds, making it suitable for owners who prefer a dog that can be on its own. While independent, it is loyal and affectionate.

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The Ultimate Guide to Shiba Inus

The Shiba Inu is the national dog of Japan. It is the smallest of the country’s six native breeds which comprise the Akita, Shikoku, Hokkaido, Kai, and Kishu. The word Shiba means “brushwood,” while the word Inu means “dog.”

Shiba Inu Origins

The Shiba Inu has been around since 300 BC. It was originally bred to flush out birds but was also used to hunt wild boars because of its athletic build and speed.

During World War II, a majority of this breed died in bombing raids. The Shibas that survived were interbred to produce more of their kind. After the Japanese Kennel Club was founded in 1948, the Shiba Inu breed standard was outlined.


Key Characteristics of Shiba Inus

Are Shiba Inu dogs family-friendly? Good-natured and loyal, Shibas make a great family dog. They do well with children as long as they are properly trained and socialised as a pup. Because of their alert nature, they make good watchdogs.
Daily exercise needs? A Shiba Inu puppy’s exercise needs depend on its age. Three-month-old puppies need 15 minutes of exercise twice a day, while nine-month-old pups need 45 minutes of exercise twice a day. Older pups need one long walk daily.
Common health issues & considerations While generally healthy, Shibas are still prone to certain health conditions. Common issues include the following:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
  • Patellar luxation
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
Lifespan 13 to 16 years
Nature / Temperament Confident, alert, fearless, loyal, and charming
Size Weight

Male: 10.4 kg

Female: 7.7 kg


Male: 36.8 to 41.9 cm

Female: 34.3 to 39.4 cm

Suitable Environment  The Shiba Inu puppy is an active breed that is best suited in a home with a yard. This way, it can freely run, roam, and play any time. Make sure your yard is securely fenced, as this pup has escape tendencies.
Grooming Shibas are naturally clean and odour-free, making them very easy to maintain.

Other Considerations:

  • Shibas tend to chase small animals they perceive as prey.
  • They do not like being handled by strangers. When they experience anxiety, they usually scream.
  • They can be possessive of their food, toys, and territory.

How can I take care of my Shiba Inu?


Feed your dog ½ to 1.5 cups of high-quality food daily, divided into two meals. Make sure to watch its calorie consumption, as this breed is prone to obesity.

If you are not sure if your Shiba Inu puppy is overweight, check if you can see its waist and feel its ribs. If you can’t, your dog needs less food and more exercise.


Shibas do not need regular grooming most of the year. They can be brushed twice a month and bathed every six weeks. During shedding season, however, they should be groomed at least twice weekly.

Brush your Shiba Inu’s teeth two to three times weekly to remove bacteria and tartar buildup. Check its ears for redness or odour weekly to avoid infection. Trim its nails at least once a month or when you hear the nails clicking on the floor.

Recommended Grooming Tips

  • While your Shiba is still a puppy, let it get used to being brushed and examined.
  • Praise and reward your dog when grooming it to make its experience a positive one.
  • Make checking for signs of infection and inflammation a regular part of your grooming session.


Shibas need plenty of mental and physical stimulation. They need to get a good workout daily especially if your home does not have a yard. Dedicate at least one hour of exercise a day for your dog, whether it’s a walk in the neighbourhood or a jog in the park.


A Shiba Inu puppy needs early socialisation to grow up to be well-rounded. Expose your dog to people, sights, and sounds by inviting visitors to your home or taking your pup to crowded places.

While an intelligent purebred, this dog can be quite challenging to train. This is because of its independent nature. It may refuse to do as told or only do something when it wants to. First-time Shiba owners are recommended to work with a qualified trainer.

This is basic information, and it should not be used to make adoption or purchasing decisions. Be sure to consult an expert if you’d like to learn about the breed’s care and requirements.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Shiba Inu Questions

What do Shiba Inu look like?

With their squinty eyes and pointy ears, Shibas resemble a small fox. They have a thick double coat – the undercoat being soft, and the outer-coat being stiff. Coat colours include orange-red, sesame, and cream-white.

Does a Shiba Inu shed a lot?

Shibas shed moderately throughout the year but heavily during spring and fall.

What’s the price of a Shiba Inu?

A Shiba with limited registration from a reputable breeder costs from AUD $2,000 to $5,000. A pup with full registration costs between $2,500 and $5,500. If you are looking to bring home a Shiba Inu puppy, make sure to adopt from a verified breeder. Avoid buying from a puppy mill or pet store if you want your dog to be healthy with a sound temperament.

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