FCI-Standard N° 257/ 16. 06. 1999 / GB


ORIGIN : Japan.


UTILIZATION : Hunting dog for birds and small animals.  Companion dog.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group  5     Spitz and primitive type.
                                               Section 5     Asian Spitz and related  breeds.
                                               Without working trial.


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BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Shiba has been a native breed to Japan since the primitive ages.  The word « Shiba » originally refers to something « small », a « small dog ».  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.  As dogs like English Setters and English Pointers were imported from England during the period of 1868-1912, hunting became a sport in Japan and crossbreeding of the Shiba with those English dogs became prevalent and a pure Shiba became rare so that by 1912-1926 pure Shibas confined to these areas became exceedingly scarce.  Hunters and other educated persons became concerned with the preservation of the pure Shibas from around 1928 and the preservation of the limited number of pure strains began seriously, and the breed standard was finally unified in 1934.   In 1937 the Shiba was designated as a « natural monument » after which the breed was bred and improved to become the superior breed known today.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Small-sized dog, well balanced, well boned with well developed muscles.  Constitution strong.  Action quick, free and beautiful.

IMPORTANT PROPORTION : 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.


Skull : Forehead broad.
Stop : Well defined with slight furrow.

Nose : Black colour desirable.  Nasal bridge straight.
Muzzle : Moderately thick and tapering.
Lips : Tight.
Jaws/Teeth : Teeth strong with scissor bite.
Cheeks : Well developed.
Eyes : Relatively small, triangular and dark brown in colour; the outer corners of the eyes are upturned.
Ears : Relatively small, triangular, slightly inclining forward and firmly pricked.

NECK : Thick, strong, and well balanced with the head and the body.

Back : Straight and strong.
Loins : Broad and muscular.
Chest : Deep, ribs moderately sprung.
Belly : Well tucked up.
TAIL : Set on high, thick, carried vigorously curled or curved as a sickle, the tip nearly reaching hocks when let down.


FOREQUARTERS : Seen from the front, forelegs straight.
Shoulders : Shoulder blade moderately sloping.
Elbows : Tight.

Upper thighs : Long.
Lower thighs : Short, but well developed.
Hocks : Thick and tough.

FEET : Digits tightly closed and well arched.  Pads hard and elastic.  Nails hard and dark in colour desirable.

GAIT/MOVEMENT : Light and brisk.


HAIR : Outer coat harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense; hair on tail slightly long and standing off.

COLOUR : Red, black and tan, sesame, black sesame, red sesame.
Definition of the colour sesame

  • Sesame : Equal mixture of white and black hairs.
  • Black sesame : More black than white hairs.
  • Red sesame : Ground colour of hair red, mixture with black hairs.

All the above mentioned colours must have « Urajiro ».
« Urajiro » : Whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle and on the cheeks, on the underside of the jaw and neck, on the chest and stomach and the underside of the tail, and on the inside of the legs.

Height at withers : Dogs         40 cm.
                            Bitches      37 cm.
There is a tolerance of 1,5 cm smaller or taller.

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

  • Bitchy dogs, doggy bitches.
  • Malocclusion (overshot or undershot mouth).
  • Numerous teeth missing.
  • Shyness.


  • Aggresive or overly shy.
  • Ears not pricked.
  • Hanging or short tail.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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General Aspect

The Shiba devout the small spitz between the breeds of Japanese origin. and originally be used in the and olfatto hunting in the dense underbrush of the zones it mounts some of Japan. Careful and agile with acute senses, moreover a dog from guard and an excellent companion. Its compact structure with muscles very develops to you. The males and the females are distinguished different in the structure: the males are male without ruvidezza, females are feminine without weakness of the structure.


  The Shiba has an independent nature and pu to be classified towards the disowned ones but loyal and become attached to those who they earn its respect. Occasionally aggressive towards other dogs, the Shiba always under the control of its owner.

The Standard

   Dog of small very balanced ransom, with good skeleton and muscles very develops to you. Fast, free and elegant action.
IMPORTANT PROPORTION : the proportion between height the garrese and length of the body of 10/11;
BEHAVIOR And TEMPERAMENT : the faithful temperament with acute and alert senses;
HEAD : high forehead, cheeks very developed and stop defined with light furrow median. Straight nasal cane. The black color of the searched nose. And moderately often appuntito snout. Strong Labbra adherent, teeth and closing to scissor;
EYES : relatively small, triangular and of color dark brown. The external angles of the eyes are revolts to the ins;
ORECCHIE : small, triangular, leggermente tilted in ahead and firmly straight;
NECK: often, strongly and very balanced with the head and the body;
BODY : back, lombi high and straight and strongly muscolosi. Deep thorax and moderately pronounced ribs, ventre very raised; TAIL: inserted, up large and capacity vigorous goffered or bent like a scythe, the estremit it catches up the garretto nearly when extended;
FRONT LIMBS : moderately oblique shoulder, adherent elbows; approval gives the front limbs is straight;
POSTERIOR LIMBS : long thigh and short leg, but very developed. Garretti strong and sturdy;
FOOT : fingers strongly sluices and very arch. hard and elastic bearings. Hard nails and of dark color are preferibili;
PORTAMENTO : light and lively.
CAPE : advanced and rough cape, sottopelo soft and straight dense; devout hair of and the leggermente straight long tail. Color: red, black-focato, sesame, sesame-black, sesame-red, white man.
: equal concoction of hairs black white men and. The black Sesame has devout black hairs that white men. The red sesame: background of the stirred red black hair hair.
All the aforesaid colors must have URAJIRO, whitish cape on sides of the snout and cheeks, in the inferior part of the jaw and the neck, on the thorax, ventre and the inferior part of legs.
RANSOM : Height: males 40 cm - females 37 cm. There one tolerance of 1.5 cm in excess or defect.

Every refuse in relationship, from the points over lists to you would have to be considered a defect that sar penalized in function of its gravit. shyness; mashi feminine, and masculine females;
Wrong closing (prognatismo or enognatismo);
lack of numerous teeth.

Defects that carry to the disqualification
Short tail and pendant and not straight orecchie.

You knew that?

the Shiba Inu has lived with Japanese people for centuries. And considered of the dogs of Japan devout the small and devout the old one, the capacit of the Shiba to scale hills and the pendii steep of the mountain, with to the acute senses, of it they have made for very many time an optimal hunter

After to have been   close to the extinction during the 2 world war, only three lines of blood of Shiba are survivors. And cio the Saint one in Shiba, Mino Shiba and the Shin Shu Shiba, questultimo was also devout the popular one. And from these three lines that origin has had the modern Schiba.

The cape of the Shiba Inu to the touch much similar one to that one of the peluche. It has a double hair, with a hair of strong and straight cover and sottopelo motivatings force and dense.