AKC PuppyFinder: Shiba Inu Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Alert, active, and attentive
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Shibas need exercise each day, whether it’s a vigorous play session or a long walk
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 14.5-16.5 inches (male), 13.5-15.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 23 pounds (male), 17 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 13-16 years
  • Barking Level: Quiet
Breed Description
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An ancient, venerable breed, the Shiba Inu rewards attention, training and exercise with loyalty and affection. He's a handsome, muscular dog, with a luxurious double coat and and alert fox-like face. Popular in Japan since the third century, Shiba Inus are growing in popularity in the U.S. Your Shiba Inu puppy will appreciate vigorous play and long walks to keep him at his best, physically and mentally.

History & Job
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Origin: Japan

Year Recognized: 1992

Breed History & Job Description: The first documented Shiba to enter the United States was imported by a military family in 1954. But the Shiba is an ancient breed, having been around since 300 b.c. The breed is named after its history as a hunter in the rugged mountains of Japan; “Shiba” means “brushwood” (referring either to the brush in the mountains or to the dog’s reddish color) in Japanese, and “Inu” means “dog.” By the end of World War II Shibas were nearly extinct, but they survived Japan’s wartime deprivations and are today the country’s number-one companion animal. Their popularity has been growing in the United States for the past 50 years.

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Shiba Inu are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Shibas are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: National Shiba Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.shibas.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 44
  • Breed Referral Contact:  -
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Shiba Inu Rescue Resources of America
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: pepperpaws@windstream.net Norma Hornung
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 724-733-2888
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.shibas.org/rescue.html
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puppy's parentage, going back 3 generations,
earned an AKC Conformation Championship
and/or Grand Championship title.
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health testing standards and participate in continuing education.
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are members of AKC-licensed or member clubs.
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