The Shiba Inu is a Japanese breed of hunting dog. A small-to-medium breed, it is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog native to Japan. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting.
Life expectancy: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Charming, Fearless, Keen, Alert, Confident, Faithful
Colors: Red Sesame, Cream, Black & Tan, Black Sesame, Sesame, Red
Weight: Male: 18–24 lbs (8–11 kg), Female: 15–20 lbs (6.8–9 kg)
Height: Male: 14–17 inches (35–43 cm), Female: 13–16 inches (33–41 cm)