The Shiba Inu is a loving and loyal pet, although one which is also stubborn and difficult to train, because of its high intelligence.
Slightly longer than tall, the Shiba Inu is a compact dog, of medium size. It has small, triangular ears which point straight up, and a rather fox-like face. It has forward pointing eyes, and a tail which arches up and over its back.
The Shiba Inu has a double coat, the outer layer of which is straight, with rigid, outstanding hairs, and a softer, warmer undercoat. Overall, the coat stands out in a brush. The Shiba Inu can be coloured red, white, cream or a sesame colour. The red colour is most iconic, and should have white fur on its chest, underbelly and legs.
The Shiba has been described as being similar to a cat in its temperament. It is very independent, can be stubborn, and can sometimes even have an aggressive side towards strangers. Because of this, the Shiba Inu needs careful, constant training, and probably isn't a great pet for a first time owner.
However, for a family that is experienced with raising and training an animal, it can become a loyal, loving pet.