Appearance: 13-17" (34-42 cm) 17-23 lb (7.5-11 kg) Straight stiff outercoat. Soft thick undercoat. Red, black and tan, sesame.
The Shiba Inu is the smallest Japanese Spitz-type breed. Bred as a hunter of small game, he would be sent out to flush, run and hold game until the hunter arrived for the kill. While usually used to hunt rabbits, grouse and wild boar, there are accounts of Shiba Inu hunting bear and deer. The breed’s name comes from the Japanese words for “small” (shiba) and “dog” (inu). In 1928, the Nihon Ken Hozonkai, or Nippon, was founded to register and preserve native Japanese dog breeds. It recognized the breed as a “natural monument” in 1936 – a distinctly Japanese dog requiring preservation. The devastation wracked on Japan during World War II decimated the dogs. After the war, the Japanese gathered dogs from all over the country in an effort to rebuild its native breeds. The Shiba Inu arrived in North America in the late 1900s.
With an independent cat-like personality, the Shiba Inu is affectionate and playful, yet reserved with strangers. He is vocal and makes a good watchdog, a well as a fun and enjoyable companion.
Shiba Inu Breeders:
There is currently no Shiba Inu breeders registered with us yet.