Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu
Size
Small
Height
Males – 14.5 to 16.5 inches, Females – 13.5 to 15.5 inches
Weight
23 to 17 pounds
Coat
Short
Color
Black and tan, cream, red, or red sesame with white markings
Energy
Medium
Activities
Conformation, Agility, Hunting, Tracking

The bold, spirited Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed originally developed to hunt birds and small game on mountainous terrain. His small, dense body is marked by prick ears and a curled tail on a stunning soft, thick double coat, which should be brushed regularly. Independent, loyal and affectionate, he excels as a watchdog and companion. Moderate exercise from leash walks or in a fenced yard is a must for this active, agile breed.

Did you know?

In Japanese, the word “shiba” means “brushwood,” describing the breed’s hunting grounds, while “inu” means “dog.” The Shiba Inu is commonly referred to as the “Little Brushwood Dog.”

Training the Shiba Inu

Whether it's basic obedience, flying disc or running, it's easy to unlock your dog's hidden potential with our free Purina Pro Plan P5 training app, available for IOS and Android.