Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 12-15 years
Weight: Male: 7-10, Female: 5-7.5
Height: Male: 16-17, Female: 15-16
Origin of Name: The Shiba Inu is a breed of hunting dog from Japan. A small-to-medium breed,
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Sheeba, the first document to enter the United States, was imported in 1954 by a military family. But Sheeba is an ancient breed, dating back to around 300 BC. The breed is named after its history as a hunter in the rugged mountains of Japan; In Japanese, "sheeba" means "brushwood" (referring to the red color of a brush or dog in the mountains), and "inu" means "dog." Shiba was nearly extinct by the end of World War II, but they survived Japan's wartime deprivations and are today the country's number one companion animal. His popularity has been increasing in the United States for the last 50 years.