Recognized: ANKC, FCI, KC (GB)
Height: Dog: 15-16 in (37.5-40cm) Bitch: 14-15 in (35-37.5cm)
Weight: 20-30 lb (9-13.5kg)
Coat: Harsh and straight
Color: Red, salt and pepper, black, black and tan, or white
|The Shiba Inu is an ancient breed associated with the
Prefectures of Gifu, Toyama, and Nagano in central
Japan, and the name, in fact, means "little dog" in the
Nagano dialect. Remains of a dog of this type were
found in ruins dating back to the Joman era (500 BC).
The Shiba Inu has, in recent years, become a firm
favorite of exhibitors, following closely on the heels
of the Japanese Akita onto the international scene.
It is an excellent bird dog, guard, and hunter of small
game, with a considerable amount of native cunning.
The Shiba is an affectionate, friendly, and sensitive
dog that makes a fine pet as well as a show dog and/or
hunter. It needs a fair amount of exercise and a good
daily brushing to keep it looking trim.