Shiba Inu Canada

the National Breed Club

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Breed Traits

The Canadian Kennel Club maintains a brief description of every breed recognized by them and is a good first step in learning about a breed. The link to the Shiba Inu page is here.   

The Shiba Inu can generally be said to have certain breed characteristics:


  • Independent & Confident
  • Intelligent
  • Easy care coat - shed twice a year, but at other times a weekly brushing is sufficient
  • Not yappy - but will yodel, moan, and otherwise make their presence known


  • Self Willed (some might say stubborn)
  • Can be escape artists (digging, climbing, squeezing through small areas)
  • Runners (can NOT be trusted off leash); will bolt away
  • Easy care coat that sheds twice a year - it is messy
  • Often dominant over other dogs