The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six Japanese spitz breeds. They average 14-16" in height and weigh aprox. 20-26lbs. Shibas come in many different varieties of colour combinations such as red, red sesame, black and tan and cream. They are generally quiet and possess a wooly double coat which can fully shed out up to 2 times per year. They were initially bred for hunting small game and have a strong prey drive for anything that moves, including blowing leaves, squirrels, and other small animals.
How long does a Shiba live?
A Shiba can have a long life span and reach 12 to 14 years of age.
How are they with children?
How are your children with dogs? If a child respects the dog's space, a Shiba will enjoy being with children and will play with them endlessly.
Are Shibas easy to train?
Don't be fooled by the beautiful face! Shibas are extremely smart and can be very stubborn. Owners need to make training interesting and fun, as well as establish good communication and leadership. This breed can be very challenging and is not for everyone.
So, why do I want a Shiba?
Shibas are beautiful, smart and have truly unique personalities. They are generally quiet and very clean. Once bonded, they will love you with all their heart and will be happiest spending time with you.