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Shiba Inu: Appearance, Characteristics, Temperament & more...

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History and Popularity

The native breeds of Japan have been divided into six groups. Of all these breeds, the Shiba Inu is the oldest and the smallest.


The breed has an amazing watchdog ability, and is awesome around small children.

Height: 13 to 16 inches

Weight: 6 to 11 Kg

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The Shiba Inu is an independent, bold and headstrong breed. The dog is full of self confidence, and remains alert under all circumstances.

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A Shiba Inu on average lives up to between twelve to fifteen years.

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Litter Size

The litter size of the Shiba Inu is generally two to four puppies.

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Are They  Hypoallergenic?

Shiba Inus are likely to get skin allergy called ‘atopy’. Their ear, feet, belly and folds of the skin are generally to be affected.

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