The Shiba has been a native breed to Japan since the primitive ages. The Shiba’s habitat was in the mountainous area facing the Sea of Japan and was used as a hunting dog for small animals and birds. There were slight differences in the breeds according to the areas where they were raised.
The Shiba is a small-sized dog, well balanced, well boned with well developed muscles. The constitution strong, and the action quick, free and beautiful. The ratio of height at withers to
length of body is 10:11.
Behaviour / Temperament
The temperament is faithful, with keenness in sense and high alertness.