What Is a Shiba Inu?
The Shiba Inu is the smallest of six original and distinct breeds from Japan. It is also considered a very ancient breed as its ancestors have beendated as far back as 300-400B.C. even before there was record of their more commonly known cousin, the Akita. The Shiba Inu is not a miniaturized version of the Akita, but a similar breed with similar characteristics. The first Shiba Inu came to the United States in 1954 and it was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1993.
Although everyone falls in love with their cute little baby fox appearance, Shiba Inus are not for everyone! We recommend everyone fully research any dog breed before making a life long commitment.