black and white shiba adult standing


In Japanese, “Shiba” refers to something small, so the breed’s name literally translates to small dog in their native country.

About the Shiba

Shibas are loyal, alert, attentive dogs who alternate between periods of calm and increased activity. They are independent, but nevertheless make very good family dogs.

Their natural habitat was the mountainous region facing the Sea of Japan, where they were used to hunt small game and birds. As such, Shibas have strong prey drives.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

FCI Group 5, AKC Non-Sporting Group
Size category
Avg life expectancy
12–15 years

Lively / Loving / Loyal / Alert

Key facts

  • Makes a great family dog
  • Needs a lot of training
  • Requires moderate grooming

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