10 Fun Facts About Shiba Inus

Are you one of the many people who are interested and fond of the Shiba Inu dog breed? Are you like me, who is blessed with the opportunity to raise and live with a Shiba Inu? Or are you still deciding whether to welcome a Shiba Inu into your life or not?

If you answered yes to at least one of my questions, or if your answer is none of the above, it’s still great to know about the many fun facts about this particular dog breed. Here are ten amazing fun facts about the Shiba Inu that you should know:

Shiba Inus look like a fox

The face, ears, and legs of the Shiba Inu somewhat resemble that of the fox. I think this is the reason why Shiba Inus are fierce and fearless, just like the fox.

Their small to medium body frame is proportionate and marvelous to look at. But even with that size, they think and act as if they are large dogs. They have such huge personalities that radiate with confidence and boldness.

Their tail is unique and adorable

Have you seen a curled tail on a dog? If yes, what was your initial reaction? You thought it’s adorable, right?

The Shiba Inu’s tail is uniquely curled over its lower back, and it’s a lovely sight. As an owner and human companion of a male cream Shiba Inu named Hara for five years now, I still can’t get over how adorable his tail is. When I see his cute tail, it makes me happy and relieves my stress.

There are six fur coat colors of the Shiba Inu

The cream is not the only color of the Shiba Inu breed. There are five other fur coat colors of this dog. These include red, black sesame, sesame, red sesame, and black and tan.

The most popular of all the colors is the red one and the most admirable color, as many people would say, is the cream one.

They originated from Japan

No, they are not initially from the US. The Shiba Inu originated from the beautiful country of Japan. There they were initially bred to live as hunting dogs.

They helped their human companions in running after and catching small game. I think this is the reason why they are active and robust.

It was in the 1950s when the first Shiba Inu was brought to the US by a moving family. In the 1990s, the American Kennel Club finally recognized the Shiba Inu bloodline.

Today, it is still the top companion dog in Japan and among the popular dogs in the US.

They don’t like the water

Just like cats, Shiba Inus are not innately comfortable with and loving towards the water. They would avoid it all costs, significantly if they grew up without exposure and socialization training with water.

Even if they don’t like water, they are spotless and tidy. They don’t like getting wet, so they avoid puddles, water forms, etc. However, with proper training, they can learn to endure and enjoy the water, too. Some even know how to swim.

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They are not loud

Shiba Inus rarely bark. They are unlike other dogs who bark frequently and loudly. Shiba Inus are generally quiet, so they are very adaptable to apartment living.

However, when they do bark, it would be loud and clear, and it would mean that they sense something strange around. Also, they bark to alert their human companions of something wrong or suspicious.

Shiba Inus are intelligent

They are smart and trainable. Sometimes, they can be creative and intimidating.

My five-year-old Shiba Inu, named Hara, is brilliant and competitive. When he was younger, he quickly learned what his name is. Also, with consistent training, he eventually followed his potty training and daily routines. He’s so intelligent that he adapted well to my way of living.

With regards to playing with his animal friends, he could be manipulative at times. He would outrun his animal friends and always catch or run after the ball first. He likes showing off how great he is.

They can be aggressive

I think this is all because of their traditional upbringing back in Japan as hunting dogs.

As hunters, Shiba Inus were trained to be brave, bold, fast, healthy, and aggressive. They would stalk and run after their target until it’s finally caught.

The Shiba Inus today, even if they are not bred for that anymore, still got or inherited the aggressive genes of their ancestors. But this aggressiveness is very manageable as long as the owner shows that she or he is dominant and healthy as well.

They are very independent

Along with their natural quietness, Shiba Inus are also known for their independence.

This is unique when it comes to companion dogs because it is widespread to find companion dogs who are clingy, sweet, cuddly, playful, and friendly. Shiba Inus are very independent, and they like being alone.

They enjoy it very well, and they can tolerate being alone half the time. Now, this trait is very applicable and beneficial for busy bodies like myself.

They live long

This is excellent news – Shiba Inus live long. Their average lifespan is 12 to 15 years, depending on the bloodline, health, and overall wellness.

If you decide to welcome a Shiba Inu into your life, you’ll be grateful to know that a loyal and excellent companion dog like the Shiba Inu can live and be with you and your family for a long time. This will ensure that you will create a strong and unique bond with them.


Shiba Inus are great, and I know this for a fact because I am a proud owner of an excellent Shiba Inu named Hara.

With these ten amazing fun facts, I am sure that you will appreciate and cherish more your own Shiba Inu. Or if you’re still deciding whether to adopt one or not, these facts will surely help you in your decision.

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