Brought to America from Japan as recently as 60 years ago, Shiba Inus are growing in popularity in the West and are already the most popular breed in their homeland. Their white markings combined with their coloring (red, red sesame, or black and tan) and their alert expression and smooth stride makes them almost foxlike. They’re sturdy, muscular dogs with a bold, confident personality to match.
The need for puppy socialization and obedience classes cannot be stressed enough for the Shiba. Because these dogs can be strong willed and possessive of their things, they need to learn proper manners and these classes help achieve those goals. Puppies do tend to use their mouths to “taste” their human, and they must learn not to be rough. The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. The Shiba adapts well to different living situations, but must be exercised regularly on leash or in a secure area.
Did You Know?
The Shiba Inu is AKC's 136th breed.
The Shiba Inu is a superb hunting dog, and the ancestors of the breed were the hardiest survivors of Japan's mountainous regions. They were originally used to hunt large game, but they are currently used on smaller animals.
The Shiba Inu is one of 9 monument breeds to Japan.
The Shiba Inu is the number-one companion dog in Japan.
The first documented Shiba in the US was in 1954, but the breed did not receive official AKC recognition until the early '90s.
Shibas are considered the oldest and smallest of Japan's dogs.
Most of the Shibas shown in the 1930s came from the Yamansashi or San In areas of Japan, and after reaching near extinction after WWII, those Shibas remaining were from three different bloodlines, San In, Mino, and Shin Shu.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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|Black & Tan||018|
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