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Shiba Inu Temperament

Updated on July 17, 2012

Shiba Inu on Animal Planet

Facts about the Shiba Inu

  • Shiba's are one of the oldest Japanese dog breeds.
  • Their coats can be either orange (brush colored) or black
  • They are fairly small - at 14-16 inches and 18-25 pounds, with females slightly smaller. In fact it is the smallest of the native Japanese dog breeds.
  • They have a thick waterpoof coat, and can do well in hot or cold climates.
  • Life of Shiba Inu: the life expectancy of this breed of dog is between 13 - 16 years
  • A Shiba Inu should always be on a leash because of their strong drive to hunt quarry
  • The Shiba Inu is meticulously clean, often preening and even avoiding puddles when walking. In some cases a Shiba will housebreak itself.

Shiba Inu Puppy

Shiba Inu Puppy
Shiba Inu Puppy | Source

Shiba Inu Adult

Beautiful Adult Shiba Inu
Beautiful Adult Shiba Inu | Source

What Kind of Temperament Does a Shiba Inu Have?

Shiba Inu Temperament

When understanding a Shiba Inu's temperament, keep in mind the reason for which the dog was bred. Doberman Pinschers are bred to be more aggressive than a Lab, Terriers love to chase small critters, and cattle dogs are natural herders.

Shiba Inu Personality:

The qualities bred into a Shiba Inu are agility, loyalty, courage and intelligence. One other quality a Shiba Inu possesses that sets them apart from most other dogs is independence. When you combine intelligence and natural independence you get a loyal friend that will keep you on your toes.

A Shiba Inu is;

Very clean
- In this respect they are often compared to cats. In fact much of their personality is similar to cats.

Easy to housebreak - One of the easiest breeds to housebreak

Loyal - They develop a deep bond with their owners, and can be very wary of strangers.

Trainable - How easily you can train your Shiba depends on how confident your are. A Shiba looks for a strong pack leader. Training is very important with this breed. They are extremely intelligent and without clear guidance and structure, they will make up their own rules and begin to realize that they are the pack leader.

Hunter - Shiba's are natural hunters, they will chase small pets such as guinea pigs, mice and birds. They will go absolutely nuts for squirrels too, so always make sure you have them on a leash.

Playful - Shiba Inus are very playful and full of energy. Properly raised Shiba is great with children. They are fast and agile will do their part to wear out your kids when needed.

Quiet - Shiba's are not big barkers, they are relatively quiet, which makes them good apartment dogs, but don't forget they need plenty of exercise.

At times you will wonder whether you really have a dog, or instead some strange cat/dog/fox/little furry human mutation. Shiba's are a really unique breed, you'll find they not quite like any other dogs.

Shiba Inu Puppy and his Dad

Black Shiba Inu Puppy

Living with a Shiba Inu


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      Chrissy DeShields 2 years ago

      Looking to purchase a Shiba female.

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      Brittney Duran 3 years ago from USA

      Nice hub. I have a Shiba Inu who is running around right now. They may be quiet, but have a powerful bark.

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      Rae Blair 3 years ago from ON, Canada

      Great article - the only thing I would disagree on is the quietness factor! Shiba Inu are very talkative and have no problem vocalizing their disagreement with you! Ha ha. I love my Shibe, and hope to adopt him a few brothers in the future! :)

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      Rae 3 years ago

      Shibas may also be cream coloured!

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      sibajar 5 years ago

      Great hub, I've had a Shiba and I loved her. Your description of a Shiba Inu Temperament is right on target. They are great dogs, really more like small furry people.