Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Shiba Inu Puppies

Anna Olson
Aug 28 ·

Have you fallen in love with Shiba Inus? Whether it’s from their widespread popularity as a breed, or the doge meme, many people are now devoted to these funny little dogs. If you’re considering bringing one into your home, you’ll want to make sure they’re the right dog for you. Like every dog breed, Shiba Inus have their own unique needs. That’s why we’ve put together Shiba Inu Puppies: The Complete Guide to help you get started.

Where to Find a Shiba Inu Puppy

If you’re committed to buying a Shiba Inu puppy, we recommend doing your research on an ethical breeder. While there are breed rescue organizations devoted to Shiba Inus, these are not likely to have puppies. Most dog rescues are committed to finding homes for older dogs in need. If you’re okay with adopting an older Shiba Inu, rescuing is a great option! Otherwise, read on for signs of an ethical Shiba Inu breeder. Belezza…

Signs of an Ethical Shiba Inu Breeder

Along with a complete transparency about their breeding locations, and clear answers to any questions you may have, here are more signs of an ethical Shiba Inu Breeder:

  • American Kennel Club Registration
  • Members of the Shiba Inu Club of America
  • Only breed Shiba Inus, not multiple breeds of dog at once
  • Let their mothers take breaks in between litters
  • Let you visit their home, or view it over Zoom or Skype
  • Have full appropriate medical records for the puppies and their parents

Make sure your financial support goes to breeders who care about their animals and the health of the Shiba Inu bloodline.


How much a Shiba Inu puppy will cost depends on whether they have full or partial registration. A fully registered Shiba Inu is a show-quality dog and will therefore cost more. Partially registered puppies, while they may not come from show-winning bloodlines, are perfectly suited for family life and have been through the same medical screenings their show dog relatives have. Since Shiba Inus have smaller litters, the amount of puppies per litter will also determine the price of your pup.

Puppies with partial or limited registration usually cost between $1400 and $2200. A Shiba Inu puppy with full registration usually costs between $2000 and $3500. Adops…

While this price tag may seem steep, a higher up-front price is also a great sign that your puppy comes from an ethical breeder. Don’t be taken in by ads on sites like Craigslist for cheap Shiba Inu puppies. A lower puppy cost can mean high vet costs for health issues down the road. In addition, by supporting a backyard breeder or puppy mill, you’re allowing them to treat their animals poorly. If a price for a Shiba Inu puppy seems too good to be true, it probably is.


Shiba Inus are an ancient breed, appearing in the Japanese historical record as early as 300 BCE! Their name gives a clue to their job history. Shiba translates to brushwood, either referring to their color or to the forest, where they would hunt. Inu means dog in Japanese. Shibas were used for centuries as a forest hunting dog, usually flushing out small game from low-growing brush. After the turmoil of World War 2, the breed nearly went extinct. Fortunately, they were bred back into popularity from only three bloodlines, and remain the most popular companion dog in their native Japan. They were first introduced in America in 1954, when the first American Shiba Inu came back with a military family.

Like their ancestors, Shiba Inus do have some hunting instincts. If you have a household with smaller pets, like cats, guinea pigs, or rats, make sure to properly socialize your new Shiba puppy with them. Whether your puppy gets along with other pets in your house will depend on their socialization level.

Generally, Shiba Inus have an average to high level of physical energy, and a high level of mental energy. Unlike other high-energy dogs, a Shiba Inu probably won’t destroy your house if they’re left alone for a while. However, they can still develop separation anxiety. Walking them every day helps get their physical energy out. Your Shiba Inu will need lifelong mental stimulation and tasks to complete.

Older Kids

Shiba Inus are all right with young children, but they tend to do better with older kids, or kids who are used to dogs. They’re all right with strangers and other dogs, but do tend to be vigilant and protective. Once they’re used to you, your Shiba Inu puppy will be very affectionate with their family members. This is Jual…

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Expect an average amount of barking from your Shiba Inu, but expect other weird noises, too. One of these is the “Shiba Scream,” which can happen in a number of situations.

Expect a long relationship with your Shiba Inu, since they usually live 13 to 16 years!


Shiba Inus come in a variety of colors with white markings on their faces, chests, and bellies. Shiba Inu colors include black and tan, cream, red, and red Sesame. No matter the color, Shiba Inus have double coats, with a stiff or rough topcoat and a softer, shedding undercoat. Shibas can either have long hair or short hair.

Shiba Inus are compact and muscular dogs. Females, like with most dog breeds, tend to be smaller than males. They can measure 13.5-16.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh 17-23 pounds. Ruji…

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In terms of grooming, expect a Shiba Inu to act a bit like a cat. You’ll see them keeping their paws and legs clean by licking them. While they may not appreciate bath time, they will appreciate being completely clean. Bathe your Shiba Inu every three to four months. More frequently than that, and the bathing can dry out their skin.

Although Shiba Inus have only two shedding seasons a year, many owners joke that they really shed year-round. Either way, they can shed a lot of hair. This makes regular brushing during shedding periods very important. Alternatively, you can use a blow dryer on low temperature, or a shop-vacuum put in reverse. While the noise may be unpleasant, something which uses air to blow dead hair off your dog’s body doesn’t pull or hurt like a brush would. Just make sure not to let the air get too hot.

If you have a short-coated Shiba, mats should not be an issue. If you have a long-coated Shiba, check frequently for mats behind their ears, on their belly, in their armpits, and under their tail.

It’s important to get your Shiba Inu puppy used to nail trimming early in their lives. Even though they’ll never like it, you can use positive reinforcement to make it less of an unpleasant experience. Have treats on standby!

Brush your Shiba’s teeth two to three times every week. Tooth brushing is especially important for dogs with narrow jaws. Yoshiro…


Once huge advantage of a Shiba Inu puppy is that they practically housetrain themselves! The instinct to keep themselves clean kicks in very early. At four weeks, they’ll start going to the bathroom well away from their sleeping spot. Once you’ve adopted your Shiba Inu puppy, you can help them learn where to go to the bathroom by taking them outside after meals and naps.

Like with any puppy, socialization is an important facet of training. This doesn’t just mean introducing your Shiba Inu to strangers and new dogs. Socialization also involves new situations, like car rides, vet visits, and grooming visits. If you’re unsure where to start, you can always sign your Shiba up for a puppy socialization class. Shiba Inu puppies really are special.

Shiba Inus tend to be very self-willed and independent dogs. Even though they love you, they won’t always want to do what you tell them. This can make basic obedience training a bit of a struggle.

It’s important to always, and we mean always, keep your Shiba Inu on a leash unless you’re in a well-enclosed area. They’re well known for being escape artists, especially through small spaces. One moment of inattention, and you could very well never see your dog again. This unfortunately won’t improve with more obedience training. Eboshi…

Shiba Inu Puppy Vet Needs

Until they’re about 16 to 18 weeks of age, any puppy will need a series of shots every three weeks. These vaccinations will protect your Shiba Inu puppy against potentially deadly diseases, including parvovirus, rabies, and distemper. You can also choose whether to protect your puppy from kennel cough. Check out our vaccination schedule for puppies here.

After this shot series, take your Shiba Inu to the vet every year for checkups and booster shots. Don’t hesitate to call your vet if you notice any changes in health or behavior.

The most common health conditions for Shiba Inus are allergies. Like in humans, allergies are easily treatable with medication or avoiding the allergic trigger. In dogs, allergies usually cause skin irritation, as opposed to typical human symptoms like congestion or sneezing. If your Shiba is allergic, the symptoms will usually develop by 6 months of age.

Shiba Inu Puppies: Photos

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shiba inu puppies

shiba inu puppies

Shiba Inu puppies really are the cutest.

Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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