Breed Information Centre

Japanese Shiba Inu


Illustration of Japanese Shiba Inu

The name Shiba Inu translates as ‘small dog’ and the breed was developed to hunt small game birds. The Shiba Inu does bear some resemblance to the Akita in a smaller frame. So popular was the breed that three separate regions of Japan developed their own types. However, after the First World War the population was dangerously low and in 1928 a survival programme was developed using dogs from all three types. In 1937 the Shiba was declared a National Monument of Japan. This is another spitz and is characterised by its urajiro markings (see page 000) and its quick, light movement.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Utility Breed Group

This group consists of miscellaneous breeds of dog mainly of a non-sporting origin, including the Bulldog, Dalmatian, Akita and Poodle.

The name ‘Utility’ essentially means fitness for a purpose and this group consists of an extremely mixed and varied bunch, most breeds having been selectively bred to perform a specific function not included in the sporting and working categories. Some of the breeds listed in the group are the oldest documented breeds of dog in the world.

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