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Shiba Inu




There is honour in being a dog.
- Aristotle

Shiba Inu puppy

Hillsdale Adamant 

Shiba Inu adult

Shiba Inu adult
Hillsdale Taka Mai (at 14.5 years old)

nother member of the Spitz family, the Shiba Inu is the oldest native Japanese dog. His history reportedly goes back to the third century B.C.

 "Inu" is the Japanese word for dog but the meaning of "Shiba" is somewhat difficult to say with certainty. Some sources say that Shiba is the word for the red bushes that grow in the area where Shiba Inus come from; others say it means "little".

The Shiba Inu is used to hunt small game although in the past he was bred for hunting large game. Today, his fox-like cunning, and alert, watchful attitude make him an effective guardian of home and family.

The Shiba Inu is the smallest of the Japanese dog breeds. Females stand 13.5-15.5 inches at the shoulder and Males are larger ranging from 14.5-16.5 inches.  

He has a short, straight, waterproof double coat that comes in red, sesame, black and tan, and sometimes cream. All colours except cream have "urajiro" which is a cream coloured marking around the face, chest, and underside of the body. With his all-weather coat, the Shiba can withstand a wide range of temperatures but is best living indoors with his family. Like all members of the Spitz family, the Shiba carries his tail curled up over his back.  The Shiba can make a variety of sounds ranging from a normal bark to almost talking sounds. The Shiba is very clean and will clean and groom themselves like a cat.

The Shiba Inu has a confident, friendly, extroverted nature that has made him the most popular pet in Japan. The Shiba was recognized by the AKC in 1992 and the Shiba's popularity is on the rise. Loyal and strongly intuitive, family dog who needs human companionship. This is not a dog to be left alone for long periods. Although Shibas are fine with children, a young Shiba may shy away from frightening situations to which he has not been exposed and so may avoid strange noisy kids. Children must be taught to respect the dog's boundaries. No animal likes to be pursued or harassed and Shibas do know when they are being teased.  As with any dog, training and socialization is the key.

He may look more like a toy stuffed animal, but beware! Small he may be, but the Shiba Inu has a large dog personality in a small dog body! He is fiery, independent, strong-willed, stubborn, and territorial. As an owner, you must be in control. Training may be a challenge and should begin when he is a puppy. However, the Shiba is highly sensitive to physical discomfort, and overly firm or negative training methods will damage any chance of cooperation. And a Shiba never forgets! Be patient - consistent encouragement, praise and reward-based training are the most successful. Early socialization will help curb same sex dog aggression.  With a high activity level, the energetic and agile Shiba Inu needs lots of exercise and should have a secure fenced yard. The Shiba can never be safely off-leash due to their high prey drive and unfortunately those who are turned loose often meet a premature death by automobile. 


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CKC Shiba Inu  Breed Standard

Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Maureen Angerman, Hillsdale Reg'd 


British Columbia


Port Moody, BC  V3H 1L3
(778) 988-9765


Karen Hildebrandt
10715 Reeves Rd, RR#2 
Chilliwack, BC   V2P 6H4
(604) 792-8368

Dukhan Kennels

Stu Laurie
Box 70
Skookumchuck, BC  V0B 2E0
(250) 422-3522

Mountain High Kennels

Marilyn McHallam
5210 Reid Road
Vernon, BC  V1B 3E8
(250) 558- 3714

Sunnybrae Kennels



Maureen Angerman
Sherwood Park, AB  
(780) 464-2024

Hillsdale Reg'd

Dianne Brydges
Box 240
Ryley, AB  T0B 4A0
(780) 663-2332


Doreen M. Fitchett
Box 8, Site 1
Hanna, AB  T0J 1P0
(403) 854-2154

Shiba Inu
Smiling Bear

Tina Gaudet
146 Tuscany Ridge Close NW
Calgary, AB   T3L 2K6
(403) 239-7452


Sheryl Langan
Box 450
Beaverlodge, AB  T0H 0C0
(780) 356-3769

Langans Brushwood

Laura McKenna Lange
Box 1, Site 15, RR#2
Cochrane, AB   T4C 1A2
(403) 932-6376

Koyote Kennels

Lynn Pfannmuller
Carvel, AB   T0E 0H0
(780) 968-2500

Cintara Kennels Reg'd

Jennifer Reid
Picture Butte, AB  
(403) 745-5050

Barrett Kennels Reg'd


Shiba Inu Canada Rescue

Shiba Rescue GTA 
Jackie Clayton
(519) 831-8998

National Shiba Inu Rescue


Did you know?

All dogs are the 
descendants of wolves 
that lived in eastern Asia 
15,000 years ago.




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