The Shibu Inu is both the oldest and the smallest dog native to Japan. The alert, agile breed has a compact, muscular frame and a confident gaze. These dogs move lightly and gracefully.
Group: Asian and Oceanian
Lifespan: 12–16 yr
Height: 13–16 in
Weight: 15–29 lb
Be prepared to deal with shedding. The Shiba Inu requires regular brushing to remove excess hair. Some owners even use a shop vacuum to remove all the loose hair that seems to fall out in clumps! Professional grooming is not required (and trimming the coat is prohibited according to the breed standard). But it might be worthwhile to have a pro cut your dog's nails—a necessary task that the breed seems to hate. You should also prioritize regular dental care—including at-home teeth brushing and professional cleanings.
Some Shiba Inus are indiscriminate eaters. But others can be picky. It might take some experimentation to find a food your dog likes. Look for a high-quality diet that is appropriate for their life stage (e.g., puppy, adult, senior). And consider a food formulated specifically for medium-sized dogs.
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