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Shiba Inus

Also referred to as Brushwood Dogs and Japanese Small-Size Dog

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height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Shiba Inus

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Average Height & Weight

The Shiba Inu is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.


Males – Height: 14.5 to 16.5 inches.

Weight: 23 pounds.

Females – Height: 13.5 to 15.5 inches.

Weight: 17 pounds.

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Shiba Inus


Typical Coloring

Shiba Inus are commonly black and tan, red or red sesame.





Shiba Inus are headstrong, independent and protective of their turf. Once you have earned these dogs’ respect, they will be loyal to you for life. They are adaptable, extremely self-confident canines, and they make excellent watchdogs.




Activity Level

Natural hunters, Shiba Inus have a good deal of energy that must be burned off each day through physical activity, ideally a run or long walk.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 15 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

Shiba Inus are a very healthy breed. Their most common health concern is patellar luxation.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Shiba Inus have a low tolerance for hot climates, and a high tolerance for cold climates. They can live outside when the weather is cool, though they prefer to divide their time between indoors and outdoors.



Shiba Inus


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

Shiba Inus are good with kids that are familiar to them. They can be aggressive toward other dogs, especially if they are of the same sex. They tend to chase small animals, which may include other household pets.




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