Breed Group: Non-Sporting
Male: 14.5-16.5; Female: 13.5-15.5 inches
A very bold, lively and sweet dog, the Shiba Inu has won the hearts of many and has grown in popularity. This breed makes a good companion and does very well with children. Somewhat wary of strangers, but warms up quickly.
This agile breed is playful and energetic. Lively, charming, and affectionate, this breed can also be independent while demanding attention from his master. The Shiba Inu should not be kept around small animals but can do well with cats.
The Shiba Inu is intelligent, alert, and makes a good alarm dog at times. This breed can be prone to barking. This breed can prove to be a handful if not handled by an experienced owner as they tend to be willful.
The Shiba Inu has a coat that is fairly easy to groom. Rubber brushing does well with the coat of this dog to remove dead and loose hair. Seasonally a heavy shedder, many owners rely on regular professional grooming to keep shedding to a minimum. Do not bathe this dog regularly as it will remove the waterproofing this breed retains.
The Shiba Inu has a thick double coat. Outercoat should remain stiff and straight. The undercoat should be soft and thick. This breed has bushy hair on its tail and its hind legs.
This intelligent dog is pretty easy to housebreak, but obedience training should start at a young age. Being that this dog is high energy, they require a firm handler, and can be stubborn at times.
The Shiba Inu is not recommended for kennel life and should be kept as a member of the family as he loves attention. An average sized yard would suit this dog well; however regular walks can be sufficient.
Help reduce the number of Shiba Inu puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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At what age do shiba inus mature? My grand Shiba Inu puppy is 2.5 yrs old and looks chunkier than the last time I saw him 3 weeks ago. I mean his chest looks bigger. Was just wondering if its due to maturing.
11/9/2014 9:43:46 AM
Your Shiba Inu was fully mature physically and mentally between 1 - 1 1/2 year old. So what you are seeing is fat. The Shiba Inu needs at least an hour to an hour and a half of exercise a day and a stable diet. No human food. Shiba's are known for gaining weight easily. A grain-free, high quality food such as Taste of the Wild, Go!, Now, Acana, Orijen or anything of that sort will help your grand-dogger loose weight and keep healthy, lean muscle.
11/10/2014 11:48:48 AM
Do Shiba Inus get along with other dogs
8/15/2014 8:09:54 PM
The Shiba Inu is what some trainer's call an 'owners' dog. Which means that the Shiba Inu is known to attach themselves to their owner and not care much for other dogs or people. However, every dog is different and if the Shiba Inu has been socialized properly and raised around other dogs, then the Shiba should be fine. But like every dog, you can not expect your Shiba to like every dog he/she meets. Just like humans, dogs don't always get along with every other dog. Having that in mind, socializing your Shiba Inu and going to training classes will help your Shiba learn to be social and want to seek the attention and play of other canines.
8/17/2014 1:03:34 PM
Is it ok to use vinegar and water spray to clean dog urine off your dog When I take dog out of her grate in the morning, she has a small amount of urine around her neck and under bottom of body. Been using spray solution of half water and vinegar to clean away the scent of urine from her and cage. Thanks
3/29/2014 8:12:17 AM
The combination of vinegar and water is fine for removing the scent off of the dog. But shampooing your dog with basic dog shampoo will work just as well. Cleaning the cage with an enzyme cleaner such as Nature's Miracle will keep the dog from thinking her crate is a potty place.
5/1/2014 12:31:42 AM
Do shiba inus shed a lot??? Do shiba inus shed a lot if they live in year round hot weather??
3/10/2014 8:47:41 PM
Mine Shiba inu shed a LOT, especially in spring and fall.
3/27/2014 7:59:14 PM
Shiba Inus are not a hypoallergenic dog and they do have a lot of fur, so yes. They shed A LOT. If you wait a while between brushings you ought to be able to make a new dog from the fur that you'll be able to brush out. I suggest using a stripper (dog grooming tool) and brush her/him twice a week, making sure not to go over the same area too many times or else you can give her brush burn.
4/8/2014 12:34:52 AM
Is a Shiba Inu ok with eight year old child?
11/28/2013 12:53:15 PM
Shiba's are usually great with kids specially if you get a puppy and raise him with the kids. If your adopting an older shiba like any other dog it depends on how they where raised and any trauma they might have. hope this helps
2/5/2014 8:50:36 PM
Our Shiba is good with human children, but terrible with puppies and other small dogs (though he is fine with big dogs).
1/8/2015 2:22:58 PM
Questions? Son/girlfriend bought a Shiba Inu at a PET STORE! Worried about her overall health. Vet not helpful - wondering the best diet (very loose stools)(6 months old) and where to find training for her as they live in an apartment (she has an attachment as she had one as a child). I will pay for a trainer, but they say you really need a trainer that deals with Shiba Inu's and I am so afraid she is going to get loose and won't come back when called. Never had a dog like this! (Still don't it's theirs, but I'm worried about her.) We live in the Atlanta area. I didn't know any Shiba Inu breeders, so I'm hoping you will give me a bit of advice. Thank you so much.
11/16/2013 9:54:46 PM
Well some advice, try only giving the puppy dry puppy food. If the vet does not find anything wrong with the puppy then try changing the food brand. Try royal caine or blue wild. Training is very important because shiba inu's are very smart and get bored if not mentally stimulated. Recall training is very important but a shiba should never be trusted off leash. I cant help you with a trainer because i don't know any in the Atlanta area but start with easy things like sit and come using treats. teach them to respond to their name by using treats. Try recall by doing using a command or using a whistle something loud that is very distinct and use treats make sure you are extremely excited for the puppy to come to you . I hope this helps and good luck.
2/6/2014 6:24:56 PM
Despartly seeking help my 15 month old shiba has suddenly started chewing up flooring any kind. she has spent time with me in 3 different apartments, then a firend took her for 2 months till I got a 2 bdrm since they didn't allow pets in 1 bedrooms, he moved aand my parents took her for 3 months. During that time my girlfriend took her for 3 wks while they were away. I just picked her up weds. 6/26 and vrought her to my new 2 bdroom the first night she chewed the flooring in the new apartment just as she did when she went back to my parents houe and chewed a hole in the middle of the rug. I'm thinking a muzzle but how do I break this? I do believe she suffers from separation anxiety. Other than that she's a perfect dog gorgeous stops people where ever we are as they admire her she's very friendly
6/28/2013 12:13:42 PM
The hardest thing on an adult dog is changing homes. Sounds like she had a lot of different homes for a while, she was very confused with nothing the same as before. Shiba's hate muzzles and make them aggressive. Try a kennel the next time and where is is out only when you can keep an eye on her.
12/29/2013 11:59:00 AM
Shiba's are very smart dogs having said that they require mental exercise as well as physical exercise. Try doing some mental exercise like commands have her sit stand lie down ect. after walking her. They tend to do those things when they get bored so try a chew toy or better yet a raw hide bone that she can chew on. You will have to correct her behavior when you catch her. If she doesn't have a crate you might want to look into this specially during the night or times when you can not supervise her. This should break the cycle and she will get the point that she cant be chewing on things. Hope this helps
2/5/2014 9:02:06 PM
Are Shibas good with 11 year old girls?
6/23/2013 6:03:07 PM
yes they are. ^^ Shiba inu are good dogs with people and since your girls are a bit older, a shiba will love them. i have mine around toddlers and they love them.
10/7/2013 5:01:09 PM
What is the best way in chronological order to train my shiba puppy who is 10 wks. Old
3/25/2013 6:05:29 PM
Potty training is every time they eat or wake - they need to go outside. Other than that - put your Shiba in a basic puppy obedience class. It will teach you and your shiba how to relate and go through your steps. They are not too expensive and are really worth it. It will make your long lives together so much more rewarding.
4/26/2013 5:41:51 PM
Potty training is the most important thing. Shiba's are usually very clean dogs but they do need training. I would start with walking morning then one hr after food or water during the day and finally before bed. This process works well but is very time consuming, during potty training you should do some basic training like sit and stay and come here they are very smart dogs and require mental exercise as well as physical. Hope this helps.
2/5/2014 8:55:36 PM
2/10/2013 3:05:35 PM
They are not a rare bred but they are uncommon dogs
1/26/2014 12:41:06 AM
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