Shiba Inu


Shibas from House of Tibbs

The Shiba Inu is a fiery little dog from Japan that is cute and cuddly in appearance and brave and fearless in spirit.  They need early socialization and firm training and handling.  Dog aggression is a part of their heritage, especially between the same sex.  They may not tolerate other non-canine/feline pets.  They are easily housebroken, and keep themselves clean.  Children socialized with a puppy Shiba should bond nicely.  It loves to exercise and walk and tolerates temperature extremes.  The Shiba can be an apartment dog if regularly exercised.  Younger Shibas may be a little exuberant in the house, so a family outing to an enclosed backyard may be in order.  Brush weekly and bathe infrequently.

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Notes for owners
Short, stiff.  Seasonal shedder Minimal OK for apartments if exercised.  Good with children.  Good traveler.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

The National Shiba Club of America

Shiba Inu Ultimate Guide

Shiba Rescue

Shiba Inu Home Page



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.

If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.