Family: Spitz, Northern (companion)
Area of origin: Japan
Original function: hunting and flushing small game
Average size of male: Ht: 14.5-16.5, Wt: 20-30
Average size of female: Ht: 13.5-15.5, Wt: 20-30
Other names: brushwood dog, Japanese small-size dog
Shiba Inu Dog Temperament
Bold, independent and headstrong, the Shiba is brimming with self-confidence. He is lively outdoors, yet calm indoors, as long as he gets daily exercise. He may chase small animals. He is a hardy breed, ready for adventure. Some tend to be headstrong and domineering. He is territorial, alert and reserved with strangers, ingredients making for an excellent watchdog. He is quite vocal; some bark a lot.