Coat:
Origin:
Height:
Color:
Guard Ability:
Life Span:
Weight:
Learning rate:
Obedience:
Temperament:
Watch Ability:
Activity level:
13-17 inches
High - territorial
Medium
13-15 Years
Harsh, straight
High
Japan
Red, salt & pepper, black, tan or white
High
Independent and  strong-willed
18-25 pounds
Medium
Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is featured in the
"Labrador and Friends" edition of the
Nintendogs pet simulation video game
Appearance

Shibas range in height from 14.5 to 16.5 inches (37 to 42 cm) at the withers for males,
and 13.5 to 15.5 inches (34 to 39 cm) for females, with males weighing approximately
23 lb (10 kg), and females approximately 17 lb (8 kg). Shiba Inus have double coats,
with a straight outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat that is shed two or three times a
year, producing a surprising amount of fur considering the size of the dog. Shedding
normally occurs at the beginning or end of each season. Shiba may be red, black and
tan, or sesame (red with black-tipped hairs), with a cream, buff, or grey undercoat.

Temperament

Shibas are generally independent and intelligent dogs. They have a reputation for
aloofness with strangers and other animals, and some owners struggle with
obedience training, but like many dogs, socialization at a young age can greatly affect
temperament. Traits such as independence and intelligence are often associated with
ancient dog breeds, such as the Shiba Inu. Some shibas must always be on a leash,
but with the proper upbringing, a shiba's loyalty will keep the dog with its owner for life.

History

Recent DNA analysis confirms that this is one of the oldest and most "primitive" dog
breeds. The Shiba Inu nearly became extinct in the latter phase of World War II, with all
subsequent dogs bred from only three surviving bloodlines known as the San'in, Mino,
and Shinshu.