Life span: 12-15 Years
Height: 14 – 17 inches (male), 13 – 16 inches (female)
Weight: 18 – 25 lbs. (male), 14 – 24 lbs. (female)
Being the smallest of the Japanese Spitz breeds, the Shiba Inu is a small dog that is well-suited to the mountainous terrain of Japan. The Inu was originally developed as a hunting breed, however, it has become more of a house pet. Like most Spitz breed, the Inu has an adorable foxlike face and a well-balanced disposition. The Shiba has a coat that comes in variations of red and brown.