Shiba Inu

non-sporting Group

The Shiba Inu is ranked as the 14th most popular small breed, and 43rd overall

non-sporting Group

Shiba Inu

A fully grown Shiba Inu has an average height of 13–16 inches, and will weigh somewhere between 17–23 pounds.

The average life expectancy of a Shiba Inu is around 13–16 years.

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu Average Statistics

Average size and life expectancy of a Shiba Inu.


13–16 inches


17–23 pounds

Life Expectancy

13–16 years

Shiba Inu Characteristics

Just like humans, dogs have unique personalities. But did you know that there are common personality and character trends unique to each breed?

This means that it’s worth taking the time to understand the differences in personality, character, and needs of each breed before choosing the right dog for your family, for you, and your lifestyle.

Below is a table we created to show the personality and character traits commonly associated with Shiba Inu‘s in an easy-to-read table. Each row contains a character trait, a score ranging from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest), and a description.

Affectionate3How affectionate a breed is with family members or close friends. Some breeds are reserved around strangers, while others treat everyone as a close friend.
Playful3How eager a breed is to play, even as an adult. Some breeds will want to play tug-of-war or fetch until they are old, while others will be content to lounge on the couch with you.
Energy3A breed’s need for exercise and mental stimulation. High-energy breeds are always ready for their next challenge. They’ll spend the day running, jumping, and playing. Low energy breeds are like couch potatoes who enjoy a good nap.
Trainability2How easy it will be to train and how eager your dog will be to learn. Some breeds only want to please their owners, while others prefer to do their own thing, whenever they want!
Grooming Requirements2How often a breed’s coat needs to be brushed, trimmed, or otherwise maintained. When looking at the grooming effort required, consider your time, patience, and budget. Nail trimming is required on all breeds.
Shedding3How much fur and hair the breed will leave behind. High-shedding breeds require more frequent brushing, are more likely to cause allergies, and require more frequent vacuuming and lint-rolling.
Drooling1A breed’s drool-proneness. If you’re a neat freak, dogs that slobber on your arm or wet your clothes may not be the best choice.
Watchdog5How often the breed will bark or howl. Some breeds will bark at every passer-by or cat in the window. Some barkless breeds can still communicate using other sounds.
Good with Children3The breed’s tolerance to children’s behavior and overall family-friendly nature. Always supervise dogs around young children or children of any age unfamiliar with dogs.
Good with Dogs3How sociable a breed is with other dogs. Interactions and introductions with other dogs should always be supervised, but some breeds are naturally more likely to get along, both in public and at home.
Good with Strangers3How friendly a breed is towards strangers. Some breeds are reserved or cautious around strangers, whether at home or in public. In contrast, others will be excited to meet a new human!

Keeping your Shiba Inu happy & healthy

Did you know that each dog breed has different needs to keep them both physically and mentally healthy?

That means things like exercise requirements, grooming needs, mental stimulation, frequent training, and bonding time will need to be taken into consideration before you decide whether a Shiba Inu is right for you.

So let’s start with listing out the needs of the Shiba Inu, and describe the minimum expectations that will be required to keep your dog happy and healthy, helping you to decide if they’re the right breed for you.

Exercise Requirements for Shiba Inu‘s

While a Shiba Inu doesn’t require extensive exercise, it will need moderate levels of activity each day to stay happy and healthy.

We suggest aiming for daily exercise between 30 and 60 minutes, which can be spread across several daily walks or playtime in the backyard.

Are Shiba Inu‘s a playful breed?

While Shiba Inu‘s do like to play sometimes and only for short periods, they have a tendency to lose interest quite quickly. They much prefer to spend time resting and cuddling up on the couch with you.

Are Shiba Inu‘s easy to train?

Unfortunately, Shiba Inu‘s are known to be more than a challenge and can seem rather stubborn at times when it comes to training, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! For this reason, we probably wouldn’t suggest an Shiba Inu for a first-time dog owner.

With some persistence, consistency, positive reinforcement, and patience, you can be sure to reap the benefits of taking the time to train him. It just might take a bit longer and more persistence than you may expect.

Just remember that as with any element of training, but especially potty training your dog, positive reinforcement and consistency from you is one of the most important aspects of training.

Medical Conditions

Some breeds are prone to medical conditions, so severe, others mild. But either way, it’s important for you to be aware of such issues as a responsible dog owner, so you know what potential symptoms to look out for, and what steps to take if you spot any in your dog.

FAQs about Shiba Inu‘s

People also regularly ask the following questions about Shiba Inu

What is the average height of a Shiba Inu?

The height of a fully grown Shiba Inu will be somewhere around 13 to 16 inches. Don’t worry if your Shiba Inu is slightly over or under those figures, as this is just a breed average.

What is the average weight for a Shiba Inu?

Ideally, your Shiba Inu should weigh somewhere between 17 and 23 pounds. This is an average for the breed overall, so if your pup comes in slightly over, or slightly under this weight, don’t worry too much.

How to tell if my Shiba Inu is overweight?

In surveys conducted by Pet Obesity Prevention since 2012, more than 55% of dogs are now classified as overweight or obese. This number has been steadily increasing from 52.5% in 2012, with the most recent numbers in 2018 being 55.8%.

That’s an increase of 3.3% in just six years, showing that dog obesity is a problem that is only getting worse over time.

We’ve created an easy-to-use dog calorie calculator to give a pretty good idea of how many calories your dog needs to maintain energy requirements (or MER).

Keep your dog happy and healthy, and be sure to regularly check the weight of your dog to ensure a long and healthy life.

What is the life expectancy of a Shiba Inu?

The average life expectancy for a Shiba Inu is 13 to 16 years, although don’t be surprised if your dog lives longer!

It’s not uncommon to fall outside of this age range, mainly due to health and medical conditions. So keep your dog happy and healthy, ensure your dog’s weight is kept within the ideal range, with plenty of exercise and playtime to keep his mind and body healthy, helping to extend his life!

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