Are Shiba Inus Expensive? Quick Guide on How Much Does It Take To Raise a Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is an ancient breed. They lived way back in 300 BC in Japan. Because Shiba Inus are very cute and cuddly, I was surprised to know that they were initially bred to hunt boars. However, it’s flattering to know that my agile best friend, Taki, was once trusted by people to protect and accompany them.

If you’re planning to adopt a Shiba Inu, you’re probably wondering how much you’ll have to spend. Dog expenses not only include how much it’s worth to buy or adopt one. You also have to consider how much their food, health care, and other necessities cost. Shiba Inus come at high prices to buy and raise, but for an excellent reason. Let’s discuss estimates on how much it’ll cost you to own a Shiba Inu.

Shiba Inu Price and the Factors Affecting It


  • Puppy
    Shiba Inu puppies’ price ranges from $1,850 to $5,000. Shiba Inus are expensive because of their breeding quality and the demand (they’re a popular breed). Breeders spend so much to make sure that the Shiba Inus they have are healthy, beautiful, and friendly. I had my Taki when he was a few weeks old, and I spent around two grand to take him home.

    I also had to spend for the vet’s bills, transportation, and the rest of what needs to be done to prepare Taki for his life with my family and me. Every penny I spent was worth it because the breeders were always there whenever we needed them in raising Taki.
  • Adult
    The price is different when you decide to adopt an older Shiba Inu. If you happen to be a busy person living in the city, but you want a dog as a companion, an adult Shiba Inu is an excellent choice for you. You’ll be paying around somewhere between $150 to $400. The price is lower because an adult is already trained to be a good furry friend.


Shiba Inus are bright and active. Some of them are trained to either be therapy dogs or tracking dogs. Their training will cost you a lot, so owning a Shiba Inu for this purpose will be very expensive.


A dog with this breed has a different coat color: white or cream, red, tan, or black. A cream-colored Shiba Inu is the hardest to find because they’re not commonly bred. Because of that, they cost so much more. My Taki has a beautiful tan coat.


Just in case you’re wondering, gender doesn’t affect the price of a Shiba Inu. However, the boys are heavier; they eat more than the girls do. So it is expected that it’ll cost you more to feed them.


My Taki was not bred to be a show dog, so he didn’t cost more than he should. Dogs meant for shows are gorgeous. It requires a lot more to breed them, so they charge higher.

Location of the Breeder

I recommend you find good breeders within your state so that you can save on transportation fees. Although, there are breeders outside your country who will ask you to go and pick your puppy up instead of having them transported to you. Taki was a breeder outside the state, so I had to pick him up.

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Training Costs

It was easy training Taki as a house pet, but all the natural parts ended there. A small part of Taki is more like a cat than a dog. He likes being independent. Over time he became a little stubborn and had the habit of disobeying me. But, I love him, so I sent him to dog school for obedience classes, which cost anywhere between $30 and $80. Private lessons are available, too, and they cost at least $45 an hour.

Grooming Costs

Shiba Inu have double coats. Sometimes, I get tired of cleaning after Taki’s shedding. That’s the price to pay for having a fluffy buddy. I have to have him groomed often to remove all his dead hair. Over time, I learned to do it myself, but for years, I took him to professional groomers. Each session cost me anywhere between $40 and $75—the price ranges from how fluffy you Shibu Inu is, and the kind of grooming you want.

Health Care Costs

Nothing is more important than keeping Taki healthy. Aside from regular grooming, I also have him checked up regularly by his vet. A session’s cost can vary from $50 to $400. Generally, Shiba Inus are healthy (my Taki is; he never had a severe condition), but their breed is sensitive to allergies and patellar luxation.

Patellar luxation can be fixed through surgery, which costs around $1,500 to $3,000. After the surgery, the dog must take medication to ease the pain. The monthly cost is between $20 and $50.

To know if a Shiba Inu has an allergy, you must have the skin tested for $200, and the blood for up to $300. Treatments can reach up to $1,100.


Before owning a Shiba Inu, you have to be ready to spend for everything it needs. Breeders make sure that potential dog parents are capable of taking good care of them. So, be fully committed to being a human parent before adopting a Shiba Inu.

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