How Expensive are Shiba Inus? An Arm and Leg for a Shiba Inu?

The best way to do it is to visit a registered adoption center. However, if you don’t find the breed that you prefer in an adoption center, you could always look for a certified, reputable breeder who properly and humanely breeds dogs for the love of the species.

Of course, going for a certified, reputable breeder would cost you, depending on the type of breed, value-adding services, and if the dog has limited or full registration. Anyhow, it will be worth your time and resources if you’ll opt for certified, reputable breeders instead of novice ones.

If You’re Planning To Own A Dog…

Now, if you’re wondering how much do dogs cost, it largely depends on the breed. Some breeds won’t make too much dent on your savings, while some breeds would cost more because of breed background, special needs, health screening, and quality care.

However, it doesn’t matter if a particular dog breed costs high or low — their cost doesn’t impact their value as loyal companions and best friends. Whether costly or not, all dogs must be treated equally and with the utmost care and love.

If you and your family would love to welcome a Shiba Inu in your lives, you must know that this breed is more on the expensive side. Moreover, the price range is quite broad, and the price points depend on their color, location (transport costs), quality (for standard pet home or dog show), supply/demand, and type of registration (limited or full).

What Are Shiba Inus Like?

Shiba Inus are described as “small but terrible.” Why? It is because even if they are on the smallish side, their personality is big, very much like that of a large dog.

Even if they have the reputation of being aggressive, Shiba Inus are “small but terrible” in such a way that they are very active, intelligent, healthy, and independent. Their small size is the exact opposite of all their great qualities as a companion dog.

I am fortunate to have seen and met Hara, my male cream Shiba Inu, at an adoption center five years ago. We treat him as if he’s our child, and we could say that he’s an exciting and remarkable dog.

When Hara was still a puppy, he’s kind of snobbish and cautious whenever I would accept guests at home. However, we persistently trained him in terms of socialization, so eventually, he became more amicable to other people, especially if he senses that we are in healthy relationships with these people.

In terms of socializing with total strangers and other animals, he’s quite apprehensive at first. However, we bring him out regularly to walk at parks or lakeshores, and now, he has improved a lot in terms of interacting with other animals and people. Still, Hara manages to exude his being bold and assertive whenever he plays with others.

How Expensive Are Shiba Inus 2

The Pros About Shiba Inus

  • Shiba Inus are very clean.
    They are dogs who act like cats in terms of cleanliness. They are very tidy and don’t like getting wet or dirt on their paws and body. They clean themselves and don’t require being groomed all the time. Also, they don’t drool like other dog breeds.
  • They are intelligent and independent.
    Shiba Inus are so smart that they can quickly learn their names and understand instructions and tricks, even at a young age. Based on my experience, Hara promptly discovered and followed his potty training. Moreover, he knows quite a lot of tricks. In terms of independence, Shiba Inus can tolerate and enjoy being left alone half the time. They also follow their instincts and curiosity around the world.
  • Shiba Inus are healthy and active.
    One of the original Japanese spitz breeds, Shiba Inus, are known to be generally stable and healthy. The earlier Shiba Inus were trained to become hunting dogs, and this is the reason why their bloodline is very active and agile.
  • They are fearless.
    Their being “small but terrible” also means that they’re bold and brave even if their size is small to medium. Hara is precisely like this because he never backs down and is always on the go. Moreover, he is not afraid to discover the unknown and always goes straight ahead to find out what’s happening.
  • Shiba Inus are loyal and compassionate.
    They are loyal and loving dogs, especially to their human and animal companions. Beyond their toughness, deep inside Shiba Inus are simply companion dogs who value their families and crave for their love.

The Cons About Shiba Inus

  • They can be aggressive and manipulative.
    Due to their hunter instincts, Shiba Inus can be aggressive and manipulative sometimes, especially when they are provoked or triggered. They can easily outrun or outdo any animal playmates, and they can be very competitive as well.
  • Shiba Inus are not hypoallergenic.
    They undergo two types of shedding: the regular daily shedding and the seasonal blowing of coat. Hence, this type of dog breed is not suitable for people or family members with allergies. Their hairs could trigger allergic reactions that would cause stress to both the person and the dog.
  • They are not super cuddly and sweet.
    Since they are independent, Shiba Inus are not known to be super cuddly and sweet dogs. They like being on their own, but there are still a few times when they would cuddle their human companions.
  • Shiba Inus can be a bit expensive.
    Upfront, if you will go to a reputable breeder, this dog could cost thousands of dollars. Concerning their daily living and maintenance, the costs would be above the average.

So, How Expensive Are Shiba Inus?

If a Shiba Inu puppy that’s bred by a reputable breeder has limited registration, it may cost from $1500 to $2300. If it has full registration, the Shiba Inu puppy may cost from $2100 to $3600.

However, some Shiba Inus would cost as high as $5000. These high prices are formulated to cover the breeder’s expenses on the puppy’s health, training, socialization, show quality, and care.

In terms of monthly costs, your Shiba Inu may cost up to $35 to $50 on food depending on their age, activity level, diet, and lifestyle.

Handpicked Related Posts


Why do I love Shiba Inus? Shiba Inu are bear-like dogs that are extremely adorable—with human-like mimics, amazing charisma and overflowing cuteness.