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BSK Breed Index: The Shiba Inu

Life Span: 13-16 years

Height: 13 -16 inces

Weight: 17-23 pounds

Litter Size: 2-3

Temperament: Aloof

Intelligence: High

Classification: Non-Sporting

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The Shiba Inu

The shiba inu is a breed which origninated from Japan. Not to be confused with the Akita, they are much smaller in size. They are also the smallest of the 6 breeds that have originated directly from Japan. It was a breed used for hunting a variety of game and was nearly wiped out due to World war II.

Shiba Inu Fun Facts

  • In 2009, the movie "Hatchi: A dogs tale" used a Shiba inu to play Hachikō, who was originally an Akita.
  • The first Shiba inu noted in the US was in 1954, but was not rerecognized by the AKC until 1992
  •  Shiba Inu's are the most common house dog kept in Japan.

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