Breed History / Description

The name Shiba Inu translates as ‘small dog’ and the breed was developed to hunt small game birds. The Shiba Inu does bear some resemblance to the Akita in a smaller frame. So popular was the breed that three separate regions of Japan developed their own types. However, after the First World War the population was dangerously low and in 1928 a survival programme was developed using dogs from all three types. In 1937 the Shiba was declared a National Monument of Japan. This is another spitz and is characterised by its urajiro markings (see page 000) and its quick, light movement.

General Appearance

Small, well balanced, sturdy dog of Spitz type. Very slightly longer than height at withers. 


Lively and friendly. 

Bright, active, keen and alert.

Club, K., 2018. The Kennel Club's Breed Standards. 5th ed. London SW1V 2SA: Ebury Press.

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