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The Shiba Inu - A Unique Dog Breed

Updated on November 15, 2013

How I Discovered Shiba Puppies & Shiba Dogs

Seventeen years ago I was introduced to the Shiba dog breed when I added a new member to our family by the name of Tess. The first thing about her that captivated me was her alert, intelligent eyes even though she was just a young puppy. I knew she was going to be extra special, So off I went, taking my Shiba puppy home. I just didn't know at the time how special she would grow to be!

Like most people, my first reaction when hearing the name of the Shiba breed the first time was, "What the heck is a Shiba Inu?" Read on and learn all about this captivating breed, their unique characteristics, their unusual history and well, just a whole lot more really good stuff about Shiba puppies and Shiba dogs.

photo courtesy of Netsirksmada

Where Do Shiba Dogs Come From?

Shiba Inu, The Most Popular Dog In Japan

Shiba puppies, or more appropriately, Shiba Inu's hale originally from Japan. They are loosely related, kissin' cousins if you will, to the Akita. Shiba dogs are the smallest dog of the Japanese native breeds and are currently the most popular breed in Japan.

It's easy to see why Shiba puppies are so popular, just how cute can a dog be??

Shiba dogs are thought to be the oldest breed of dog in Japan, but after World War II they were close to extinction. Thanks to combining the three main blood lines, the breed was preserved. The first Shiba Inu came to the US in 1954 and the first documented litter was born in 1979, perhaps the Shiba puppies we love today are descendants of this litter! In 1993 the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club.

photo courtesy of KLuu

A Match Made In Shiba Heaven - Or Not...

Is The Shiba Dog The Right Breed For Me?

A Very Important Question.

The most important question every future dog owner should ask themselves before acquiring a dog. Dog shelters and rescue shelters would be significantly less crowded if everyone would take this oh-so Important Step.

Every Breed is Not Right For Every Body.

Like people, dogs have characteristics and personalities that require different needs.

For example if you live alone, work many hours and live in an apartment, you wouldn't want to adopt a dog that requires extensive exercise and attention. In fact this is a recipe for disaster that would cost you untold damage due to an under exercised, bored, starved for attention, extremely unhappy dog. Not fair to you and really not fair to the dog, now is it?

Now before you ask, of course I was unable to find a photo of a Shiba Inu behaving didn't think I would, did you....wink, wink.

Seriously, any dog will behave horribly if she is not in the correct environment.

Help Training a Shiba

This breed requires a firm, experienced hand, so a training guide is a must for the first time Shiba owner!

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What Makes Shiba Puppies So Special? - My Shiba Dog

I want to tell you what makes my Shiba puppy so special.

She is seventeen years young and still runs, jumps and plays like a puppy. Sure, she takes the stairs a little slower now and she seems to have many senior moments, but I take the stairs slower and have my share of senior moments....that doesn't make me old, does it? So when I refer to her as my puppy, I'm sure you understand....I'm still a kid, right?

Tess has an almost feline quality about herself, never had that in a dog before. She sprawls across the back of the sofa like a cat, cleans herself like a cat and possesses that cat like grace when walking or jumping up on her chair or her sofa. Yes, like a cat, she seems to think she allows the rest of us to use her home! My Shiba dog even squints her eyes like a cat.

Tess is very smart, protective and a great watch dog. She is a little stand offish to new comers, (Hey! - Just like me!) but once she gets to know you, she never forgets you, even if she doesn't see you for a couple of years.

My Shiba dog is by no means a lap dog, but she loves to be near us, laying up against us on the sofa or leaning her head on a foot while she is laying on the floor. She will nudge your hand with her nose repeatedly, or prod you with her paw if she wants a pat on the head or to be rubbed. It's not an option to say no!

Photo courtesy of The Daily Puppy

Shiba Stats - Here Are Some Shiba Inu Facts

Shiba Puppies Arrive Here on Earth in Three Adorable Flavors:

Red - like a fox, folks ask me all the time if Tess is part fox!

White - An angel of a dog, must be sent here from heaven!

Black and Brown - A mischievous looking little devil, isn't he?

They range anywhere from 15 - 20 pounds, give or take. An ideal, take anywhere size, don't you think?

Their tails do that cute little curly thing over the top of their backs - makes their tail wag with an unusual little swish!

They love a yard to run in, but can do well with some daily exercise. Yes, that means you have to go too!

Photo courtesy of Breeder Info Center

Shiba Puppies - A Major Hit "Reality" Video

You will love this video, Shiba Puppies with their mamma. It was at one point the most watched YouTube video of all time. The mamma looks just like Tess!

The Most Important Thing About Adopting A Dog

Whether adopting a Shiba Inu or any dog breed, please, please, please do your research before bringing the wrong dog home. There are far too many dogs in shelters abandoned by those who didn't research properly before adopting.

By researching before adopting the right dog for you, you are part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

Shiba Puppies Starring On You Tube

Is A Shiba Dog Right For Me?

A Very Important Decision

*Resources are readily available, you wound up here, didn't you?? Pat yourself on the back, job well done!

*Narrow down your choices to your favorite few....OK maybe your favorite one!

*Review the general information you've gathered - You are smart, you have done your research - You are almost there!

Make a small investment in a big decision about Shiba puppies. It will pay off Big for many happy years to come with your new best friend.

photo courtesy of Netsirksmada

Shiba Dogs - All Grown Up

Learn More About Shiba Dogs

So what do you think?

Do you agree that they are really cute, captivating dogs?

Would you like to learn more about them?

I can say Tess has been the most captivating dog I have ever owned and there have been quite a few. Not that I'm old (remember up there towards the top of the lens?), but I've had quite a few dogs in my day and almost always two at a time. Tess has been with me the longest and has captured my heart in a very special Shiba way!

Photo courtesy of The Daily Puppy

Do you have a Shiba Inu? Do you now dream of owning a Shiba? Let's talk....


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      2 years ago

      Had two in Okinawa while stationed there. Proud, bold, protective darlings who gave so much. Sadly, misinformed about shipping them home. Left them with a kindly local and his wife. Missing my buddies!

    • ismeedee profile image


      6 years ago

      Ok, read my lens, why do people love dogs? and you will realise how convincing this lens is when I say this: I would love to have a Shiba inu!!!!!

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      6 years ago

      I have a four month old Shiba who I just discover that climbs our chain link fence. I thought I had researched but do not remember this trait. I adore my little girl but wish I had been prepared for the escape artist.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      The Shiba Inu in the picture, above, looks so strong and smart! I can see how easy it would be to fall in love with one!

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      srsddn lm 

      6 years ago

      Really cute. Special noteworthy is the focus of all the three flavours.

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      Sharyn Read 

      6 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      Seriously, seriously cute, cute, cute! Thank you for sharing with us, your special story! :)

    • Akitajitsu profile image


      6 years ago from California

      Such cute pics of Shibas! I almost want to get one...but I'll stick with Akitas for now.

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      RealityTV LM 

      7 years ago

      "Lucky Leprechaun Blessings" from a Squid Angel. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      7 years ago

      I think they are beautiful dogs, but I could never do a Shiba Inu. I did a ton of research before being sure on the breed of our dog, and we chose a Rottweiler. There is no going back. Rotts are the best breed ever! LOL

      But not for everybody ;)

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      Shibamom LM 

      7 years ago

      @BuckHawkcenter: Thank you very much - I'm changing all of my lenses to support your very worthy cause.

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      7 years ago

      Kato, our Shiba, is our 4th dog. We selected him from a breader's litter because he was the largest pup and we wanted to make sure that he could walk long distances in the woods near our home (north of Toronto), and, have the stamina and all climate comfort that our Husky had. He loves to be around people and be petted - but must always be on a leash (by law). Crate training is a must since he this is his home.

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      7 years ago

      Tess seems like such a great pet. I know Shiba and do love they way their temperments and personalities. Thanks for emphazing the value of making sure you have a good match in a dog. That makes all the difference. As the Official Angel for the Dogs sub-category, this is blessed, and featured on Angel Flys Over Dog Lenses.

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      Shibamom LM 

      7 years ago

      Hi ya Casey - Utley (cool name) sound like such the Shiba!

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      7 years ago

      I am the proud owner of a black & tan shiba. I grew up with dogs, and loved all of them. But Utley is definitely special. He's incredibly intelligent - sometimes to the point of frustration (he can be very manipulative and sneaky when he wants something)! He talks to me all the time with his yelps and yodels (seriously), he loves other dogs and people, and he gives the best kisses! If you're thinking of getting a Shiba, they clearly come highly recommended by me.

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      Jhangora LM 

      8 years ago

      They look cute. Would certainly like to know more about them. Visiting the link u provided.

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      nightbear lm 

      8 years ago

      I can't believe how cute these puppies are and I can't believe I am not familiar with them. Thank you for new information to me and the wonderful lens you built.

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      cannedguds lm 

      8 years ago

      Choosing a dog breed can be quite a very challenging task! However, if you would really like to have a cute dog, these Shiba Inu dogs are the best! Thanks for the lens! It justifies just how cute these Japanese dogs are!

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      8 years ago from Iowa

      Talk about a bunch of cute babies. Love the little white one. :)

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      8 years ago

      I have always loved the Shiba-Inu. They are a gorgeous breed and your Tess is beautiful. Your lens is very well put together. I absolutely love it.

    • newkid19901992 profile image


      8 years ago

      I really love the way you compared your dog to you with having "senior moments". Really a captivating lens.

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      8 years ago

      Your 'Tess' is adorable! I was going to say her face does look a bit like a foxs', but you've already stated you get that remark a lot :)

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      Linda Hoxie 

      8 years ago from Idaho

      I had never seen this breed as puppies, they are so adorable! I love the puppy cam. Lensrolling this to my Shiba Inu page!

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      9 years ago

      So cute .... the video of them playing with all their toys and each other is adorable.

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      The fox-colored puppy is adorable!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I'm not much of a dog person and hadn't heard of Shiba dogs before. Thanks for the introduction!

      Your lens is nicely done & blessed this evening by a Squid Angel.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens!

      Thanks for sharing.


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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      How cute are these, and a great lens too. 5*****

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      9 years ago

      What an adorable dog. I hadn't heard of this breed before. I really had fun reading this lens and looking at the cute pictures. Five stars!

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      9 years ago

      awwww.. what cute doggies. i've always like husky, but now that seen your lens, they'll be on my watch list if i can ever talk my hushand into getting a dog. very nice lens :)

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      Webcodes LM 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful dog breed. Enjoyed the read. 5*. You may be interested in my jindo dogs lens, which are adorable too!

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      We're planning to add a dog to our family in a couple years. I'm adding the Shiba breed to our list of research for a canine child that can be happy around cats. Thank you for this lens.

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      Johann The Dog 

      9 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Cute pups!!! I remember watching the puppy cam and watching the pups grow up :)

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      Dee Gallemore 

      9 years ago

      I love this lens . . . you offer some great info about the Shiba. 5-Stars and FAV'd

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      Jennie Hennesay 

      9 years ago from Lubbock TX

      I've always loved the look of an Akita and their personality if they're well treated, but they're too big for me. A Shiba would be perfect if my 15 year old cat weren't so possessive and territorial. At one time I couldn't have a cat because my dog would kill it, now I'm afraid a puppy wouldn't survive my cat.

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      9 years ago

      I'm not sure I've heard of Shiba before but they are gorgeous. I love dogs and all animals, can't wait to move on from my apartment to a house with a big garden suitable for a dog. Lovely lens.


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      9 years ago from Australia

      Lovely pics. I'm definitely a dog person. 5*

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for the education. I have never heard of the breed before. very cute, nice lens, well done.

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      9 years ago

      I remember the Shiba Inu puppy cam last year! These are really cute dogs. I am going to get a dog at some point in the future, and I'll definitely keep this breed in mind.

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      9 years ago

      So adorable, this is a really cute lens !

      Very informative, great job !

      Take care,


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      9 years ago

      Amazing Lens Sheri. I had never heard of Shiba Puppies until now.

      Very interesting and informative.

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      9 years ago

      Love the puppies!


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