What Everybody Ought to Know About The Shiba Inu


Shiba Inu DakotaThe Shiba Inu is a breed that will often be compared to foxes. They have a similar appearance with the reddish coat that distinguishes them from other dogs. This is a gorgeous, perky breed that are a Japanese dog breed as noticeable from the name. What does the term ‘Shiba Inu‘ mean one may ask? The term has to be broken down into singular terms. ‘Shiba’ means red shrub as noticeable with their fur and ‘Inu’ means dog. There is some hesitancy as to what ‘Shiba’ truly means as some believe it translates directly as ‘small’. Let’s take a look at what this dog breed is all about.

Small and Agile

Let’s begin with their stature as dogs. They cannot be termed as being a large dog because they are generally short and stout in built. They are noticeable from miles away because of this reddish tinge that is evident with their fur.
They are termed as being ‘small’ by everyone that sees them. Males will weigh in at around 23 pounds, while females are generally going to weigh lesser at 17 pounds. There are variations as some can be larger and others smaller, but this is the average weight.
They love being on the move and this never changes as they age. They will simply refuse to sit still regardless of where they are, inside or outside. This makes them an agile breed that is quite active and ready for attention.

Loves Being Active

As mentioned, they adore being active and essentially this breed is a bundle of energy. It is rare to see a Shiba Inu that is not excited to be present in whatever setting they are placed in. They will constantly seek the attention of their owner and will look to get as active as possible. It is almost impossible to refuse, they are so persuasive with their ways.

Difficult As First Breed

Rescue Shiba Inu with OwnerThinking of getting this breed as a first dog? This might not be a good idea as they are not as easy to train in comparison to some of the other breeds out there. However, this also means you are not going to get a dog that is worth it in the end.
This is a breed that is loyal and caring, while still being an adorable pet to have in and around the house at all times. The dog owner will enjoy the dog when they are trained, but it can be difficult for first time owners who are unaware of what is required.

Prefer Being Clean

This is one of those traits that cannot be ignored with this breed. They love being clean and will often be seen licking their paws and just trying to get away from the mud and dirty places. They don’t like getting their coat dirtied and that is a positive for dog owners.
This preference for being clean will often get them compared to a cat. In fact, they are considered as one of those breeds who should have been a cat instead of a dog in the first place.


This is one of those traits that does not tend to change between different dogs of this breed. The dog owner is often going to be confronted by the dog as time goes on. They love getting their way and they will make sure the dog owner knows this.
Does this mean they cannot be trained? Yes, they can be trained, but that does not mean they won’t show their disapproval. It might be toned down when they are trained, but they still prefer being stubborn even if it is in a playful manner.

 “Shiba Scream”

Shiba ScreamA lot of people will notice the ‘shiba scream’ from time to time that is attached to this breed. This is a scream that is heard when they are unhappy and/or quite angry. They will make sure their voice is heard and this comes in the form of a scream. Shiba’s produce a similar sound when they are overjoyed. Owners can expect to hear this sound if they are away from the animal for extended periods of time or if a favored visitor comes over after an extended absence. This sound is quite different but similar to the “scream” sound they make when experiencing discomfort.

This scream is noticeable because it is unlike what a dog would regularly be compared to which is a bark. They have a distinct scream that resonates all across the area where they are present. It is impossible to miss their scream inside or outside especially when they want something. I included a link to a video on YouTube so you can hear the “Shiba scream” for yourself. This is not my video.

Shiba SmartsSmart

If a dog owner is looking for a breed that is intelligent and will pick up on things right away, the Shiba Inu is the way to go. This is one of the most intelligent breeds out there and they truly understand what is being taught to them.
They will learn quickly despite being stubborn and that makes it easy to teach them little tricks along the way. In fact, this is a breed that is often seen in dog shows because of how attractive and intelligent they are as a whole.

Life Expectancy

Thinking of getting this breed, but want to know how long they generally live? This is a good question and life expectancy is always an important fact to consider in the short and long-term. This is a breed that tends to take good care of itself which can prolong their lifespan, but in general they will live for around 12-15 years. There are select cases where the breed has gone onto live for quite a bit longer than this prescribed date. The world record for this breed has come in at 26 years of age when a dog named ‘Pusuke’ passed away in December 2011.

Shiba Inu’s are some of the most exciting dogs to have around at home. They are constantly on the move and will love to get the attention and adoration of their owners. This means only a certain type of dog owner is able to control them. If a dog owner is searching for a breed that is going to lie down by their feet all the time, this is not the option for them. The Shiba Inu is a wonderful dog breed that is often excited and rarely boring.

The Shiba Inu is a Wonderful Companion