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Japanese Shiba Inu

The full scoop of Japanese Shiba Inus.

Life Expectancy
typically 12+ years
Short length with heavy shedding

Japanese Shiba Inus are small, moderately active dogs first bred for hunting in Japan. Their thick double coats are usually red, sesame, cream, or black and tan in colour.  

When it comes to behaviour, each doggo has their own traits and quirks. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We’re taking a look at everything Japanese Shiba Inu, bringing you the important facts and things to consider.

Could you give a Japanese Shiba Inu a forever home? 

Caring for Japanese Shiba Inus

Every dog is different with their own personality and needs. Here are some areas to think about when taking care of a Shiba Inu. 

Health issues

Before you become a Japanese Shiba Inu parent, find out about any possible health issues. Not all Japanese Shiba Inus face them, but it’s good to be prepared.

Speak with your local vet for more information about...

How much food does a Japanese Shiba Inu need?

There is no set amount for how much food your Japanese Shiba Inu needs. This depends on their:

  • age
  • size
  • activity levels
  • fitness
  • weight.

The information on dog foo...

An infographic showing the key indicators of healthy body condition for a dog

How much exercise does a Japanese Shiba Inu need?

Japanese Shiba Inus are usually moderately active dogs who need regular exercise and stimulation to keep them physically and mentally healthy.

They need daily walks, plus plenty of time and opportunity to explor...

How much grooming does a Japanese Shiba Inu need?

Japanese Shiba Inus shed heavily. To put your dog at ease and help their confidence, introduce handling and grooming step by step. This will make grooming more enjoyable for everyone and ensure a positive experience f...

What crate size do you need for a Japanese Shiba Inu?

In their crate, your dog should be able to comfortably:

  • sit and stand at their full height
  • turn around without touching the edges
  • lie down at full stretch
  • wag their tail.  
  • ...

Japanese Shiba Inu behaviour and training 

Even if you think you know about Shiba Inus, it’s important to remember that every dog has their own personality. 

What's the temperament of a Japanese Shiba Inu?

Like people, each dog is different with their own individual personality and experience. So, the temperaments of different Japanese Shiba Inus vary.

Dogs learn all about the world as they grow from puppies to ad...

Are Japanese Shiba Inus easy to train?

You really can teach any dog new tricks. The key is positive learning. Find out what gets your dog’s tail wagging with joy. Snacks or toys are popular choices, or even lots of praise. Whatever it is, you can use it as...

Are Japanese Shiba Inus good with children?

Every dog has a different personality shaped by their life experiences. They develop likes and dislikes as they grow, and react differently to situations.

However, some ways of respecting and behaving safely aro...

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