The bold and fiery Shiba Inu is Japan’s smallest native spitz dog.

Vital Stats

Height: 13 to 17 inches at shoulder
Weight: 17 to 23 pounds
Coat: straight and thick
Life span: 12 to 16 years

Summary
The Shiba Inu was originally bred to flush birds and small game, and was occasionally used to hunt wild boar. He is one of Japan’s six native breeds: Akita (large), Kishu, Hokkaido, Kai, Shikoku (medium), and Shiba (small).

He is known for his spirited personality, small upright ears, and cat-like agility. Today he serves primarily as a companion dog in Japan and the United States. Full Shiba Inu profile on DogTime.com

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