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Training &Temperament

The need for puppy socialization and obedience classes cannot be stressed enough for the Shiba. Because these dogs can be strong willed and possessive of their things, they need to learn proper manners and these classes help achieve those goals. Puppies do tend to use their mouths to “taste” their human, and they must learn not to be rough. The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. The Shiba adapts well to different living situations, but must be exercised regularly on leash or in a secure area.

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Did You Know?

The Shiba Inu is AKC's 136th breed.

The Shiba Inu is a superb hunting dog, and the ancestors of the breed were the hardiest survivors of Japan's mountainous regions. They were originally used to hunt large game, but they are currently used on smaller animals.

The Shiba Inu is one of 9 monument breeds to Japan.

The Shiba Inu is the number-one companion dog in Japan.

The first documented Shiba in the US was in 1954, but the breed did not receive official AKC recognition until the early '90s.

Shibas are considered the oldest and smallest of Japan's dogs.

Most of the Shibas shown in the 1930s came from the Yamansashi or San In areas of Japan, and after reaching near extinction after WWII, those Shibas remaining were from three different bloodlines, San In, Mino, and Shin Shu.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black & Tan 018
Cream 076
Red 140
Red Sesame 298


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
White Markings 014