Shiba Inus are an ancient breed from Japan, bred originally to hunt boar, bears and birds. These loyal and loving dogs are also very independent, and have a bold, confident personality. They have a curly, fluffy tail and an adorable, alert expression that makes them appear almost fox-like. Shibas are medium sized, relatively quiet, and can do well in apartments or homes.
Considered Japan's oldest and smallest dog, the Shiba Inu is the number one companion dog in Japan.
This fox-faced breed is the smallest of the other five native dog breeds of Japan: Akita, Shikoku, Kai Dog, Hokkaido and Kishu. These hunters faced near-extinction after WWII, but survived from three different bloodlines.