The Shiba Inu dog breed was originally bred to flush birds and small game, and was occasionally used to hunt wild boar. They’re one of Japan’s six native breeds: Akita (large), Kishu, Hokkaido, Kai, Shikoku (medium), and Shiba (small).
The Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed of hunting dog. A small-to-medium breed, it is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog native to Japan. A small, alert and agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain and hiking trails, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting.
Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Charming, Fearless, Keen, Alert, Faithful, Confident
Colors: Red Sesame, Black & Tan, Cream, Black Sesame, Sesame, Red
Height: Male: 35–43 cm, Female: 33–41 cm
Weight: Male: 8–11 kg, Female: 6.8–9 kg