Shiba Inu

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Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu.jpg
A red Shiba Inu
Other namesJapanese Shiba Inu
Japanese Small Size Dog
Shiba Ken
Common nicknamesShiba
OriginJapan Japan
Classification / standards
FCI Group 5, Section 5 #257 standard
AKC Non-sporting standard
ANKC Group 6 (Utility) standard
CKC Group 6 - Non-Sporting standard
KC (UK) Utility standard
NZKC Utility standard
UKC Northern Breeds standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

The Shiba Inu is a breed of dog from Japan. It looks like a smaller version of the Akita Inu, and was first bred for hunting. Shiba Inu is one of seven Japanese dog species recognised as natural symbols of the country.

There are two types of Shiba. Aka-Shiba has red hair, and Kuro-Shiba has black hair. Shiba is a popular among breeders in Japan.

Shiba inu are faithful to their owners and are wary of strangers. They are popular as guard dogs. They are also the subject of an internet meme called Doge.

Other Japanese dogs[change | change source]