Shibas are one
of the smallest Japanese breeds. The
word, "Shiba", in Japanese,
means "Red brush". The Shiba
is a hunting breed and is very quick on
it's feet. Please also see our,
"Right breed 4 U" page for
more information on this breed's typical
AKC standard for the Shiba Inu states
that the adult male Shiba should be from 14 1/2
inches to 16
1/2 inches in height, at the withers and
they will typically weigh in at about 25
to 28lbs. The females must be at
least 13 1/2 inches at the withers and
not taller than 15 1/2 inches. They
usually weigh approximately 17 to 25 pounds.
16 1/2 inches, at the withers, on an
is a disqualification from the AKC show ring,
as is over 15 1/2
inches at the withers on a female.
the Nippo standard for the Shiba breed
allows zero missing teeth for an adult
Shiba Inu, The AKC showing requirements
are much more lenient.
now allows 5 missing teeth, before over
looking a adult Shiba from the AKC ring.
We believe that all "ethical"
Shiba breeders would abstain from ever
breeding Shibas with more than 3 to 5
missing teeth since it would be a huge
disservice to the breed.
pride ourselves in our Shiba's health and
try to only breed lines that yield FULL dentition.
only breed the best of the best.
Please note: the AKC
/ JKC & Nippo, color standard for the Shiba breed
calls for the color patterns featured
here. These colors
are: Red variations / genetic
Sables, red or black sesame and Black and
tan. Although Shiba
babies are born with a black mask this
will always fade with maturity. Black n'
tan's are also typically born with black
faces and their striking tan and urajiro
markings become more pronounced on their
faces and bodies as they mature as well.
out each of our "red variation"
colored Shibas on their individual pages
and for examples of a "true" or properly
marked black sesame colored, adult Shiba,
please see our "Emi's" Sire,
Ch. Switch. To see a proper red sesame
colored Shiba, go to "Whoopi's"
page and view her Grand-daughter, "Koubei".
silhouette, shaded or black n' tan color
pattern in the Shiba is the most
uncommon of the Shiba colors. Most
Shibas, here in the USA, come in red variations.
white colors and pinto colors do still occur occasionally
on the Shibas
but it is considered a very serious fault
or defect in
ALL of the Shiba breed standards.
"companion", non-breeding, cream colored or
pinto marked Shiba puppies, out of
properly colored parents, is fine.
There are some
breeders out there, however, that are breeding their
cream/white colored Shibas and
colored Shibas thus doubling up on the
Chinchilla gene. It is written that many
breeders in the country of origin wanted
this practice banned and that they also
believed that this type of breeding would
eventually cause grave health issues in
this in mind, beware of those that breed
their cream or pinto colored Shibas under the pretext of
them being a "rare" breed
color. We believe these standards were
set for an important reason and to keep
an already limited gene Pool healthy
and vibrant and so we try not to deviate
from the preferred, Shiba standard for the betterment of breed.
see more pictures, pedigrees and
information about each of our Shibas, go
to the menu of names in the, upper, left
hand corner of this page and Click
our Shibas' individual call names.