Shiba Inu

The Shiba is a small and compact Japanese native dog. They have a happy face with pricked ears and thick double coat eatable for cold weather. Independent yet loyal and affectionate, Shibas have a tendency to lead the pack. A socialised and happy Shiba will get along well with kids and other household pets.

Other Names
Shiba, Shiba Dog, Little Brushwood Dog, Brushwood Dog
Country of Origin
Japan
Colour
The Shiba is most recognisable in the black and tan colouring but can also be a red or red sesame colour with white markings.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
Height: Males 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41 cm) Females 13 - 15 inches (33 - 38 cm) Weight: Males 18 - 25 pounds (8 - 11 kg) Females 15 - 20 pounds (6.8 - 9 kg)
Health
The Shiba can be prone to hip dysplasia and rotation of the knee cap.
Life Span
12 - 14 years
Intelligence
The Shiba is an intelligent trainable animal but will need a handler who will take control and effectively lead and train. Socializing and training from a young age will help develop a well adjusted and happy dog.
Exercise
Low
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Shiba Inu doesn't tend to have problems feeding.

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Shiba has a high level of endurance and can go all day. They do best with a daily walk but can adapt if the circumstances require it.
Ailments
The Shiba can be prone to hip dysplasia and rotation of the knee cap.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The Shiba Inu has an easy to maintain coat, brushing will remove the dead hairs. The pup will shed seasonly.

Grooming Frequency
Occasional
Trimming
None
The Shiba Inu is a Japanese dog, originally bred to hunt bird and small game in the mountains. Their name 'Shiba Inu' roughly translates to Brushwood Dog, a description of their original pastime. 'Shiba' could also mean small, a description of this dogs size (though not its spirit)!


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