Shiba Inu Breed Profile


Among the endearing qualities of the Shiba Inu is that they are alert, lively, bold, independent, affectionate, loving, kind, trainable, brave, clean, confident, fearless, fast and playful.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog is a great companion for children.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan for this breed of dog is around 12 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 15 to 25 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with Shiba Inus include but are not limited to hip dysplasia, PRA, and patellar luxation.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with patience on part of the owner. Shedding is seasonally heavy. Brush every day to maintain.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. This breed of dog likes to come in at night to sleep but likes to go outside during the day in order to romp and play.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay an average of around $1,000+ per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

This breed of dog is very protective of their owners.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog.

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