With its foxy features and alert, confident behaviour, Shibas are a popular choice for the experienced owner looking for a loyal companion.

Originally bred as a hunting dog, the Shiba Inu is among the world’s oldest breeds and one of six native to Japan. A smaller version of the Akita breed, the name Shiba Inu translates as ‘small dog’ in Japanese and it is a Spitz-type breed characterised by its thick coat, pointed ears and curly tail. Known to be a clean dog, Shiba Inu are very loyal and alert with a strong prey instinct and a knack for escaping from gardens. They make a good choice for the experienced dog owner.

Vital Stats

Size: Small to medium
Coat: Very thick, double coat
Exercise: 1 hour a day
Life span: 12-15 years
Breed group: Spitz
Temperament: Loyal, alert, independent, lively
Size 34cm
Coat short
Exercise 2+ hrs Life span 12-15years
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Shiba Inu Temperament & Personality

A very confident dog, the Shiba Inu temperament is alert, loyal and lively and they tend to form strong bonds with their owners. However, they can also be quite independent and territorial with a strong hunting instinct.

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Shiba Inu Training & Exercise

Plenty of exercise and lots of mental stimulation is very important for any Shiba Inu – not only to avoid boredom but also to help maintain a healthy weight.

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Shiba Inu Grooming

Shibas have a very thick, high shedding coat that requires regular attention.

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Shiba Inu Nutrition

Your Shiba Inu’s nutrition plan should be appropriate for a small but active dog and help them maintain a healthy weight.

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What to know before you buy or rehome a Shiba Inu

A Shiba Inu will make a great canine companion for the right owner. If you’re thinking about welcoming one into your home, here are a few important things to keep in mind.

Shiba Inu insurance considerations

Shiba Inus sometimes suffer with certain health conditions and may require treatment. Petplan dog insurance offers peace of mind that they will always be protected.

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