The Shiba Inu is a truly ancient dog breed with a fabulous fluffy coat and a cute fox-like face.
But what happens when you mix this loyal breed with another pure breed?
Let’s take a look at the most popular Shiba Inu mixes, and what you can expect from their puppies.
The Shiba Inu
Shiba Inu translates to mean “little brushwood dog.”
Brushwood is an Asian bush with leaves that turn a reddish color in fall—a shade that looks a lot like this dog’s coat.
The Shiba Inu is one of just six purebred dog breeds that are native to Japan and is the only true small dog.
A fully grown adult Shiba Inu typically weighs 17 to 23 pounds.
Shiba Inu dogs are wildly popular companion canines in Asia.
Today, the Shiba Inu is also becoming more popular elsewhere in the world.
Packed with personality
They are smart, easy to house train and undeniably excellent watchdogs.
Shibas are typically gentle. affectionate with “their” people and intensely loyal.
They are often described as more cat-like than dog-like in their behavior.
However, Shiba Inu dogs are not recommended as pet dogs for families with young children or other vulnerable family pets.
Shibas can exhibit an aggressive streak, at least where strangers or resources (i.e., food, toys, bedding, etc.) are concerned.
This is a known genetic issue within the breed, which can put children, other pets and strangers (people and animals) at risk.
These dogs do need plenty of daily exercise to stay healthy and happy (and away from your household furnishings).
A word to the wise: The Shiba Inu has such a strong drive to run and explore that this dog can never safely be let off a lead.
Shiba Inu Mixes
The Shiba Inu is a relatively healthy purebred dog with a typical life expectancy of 13 to 16 years.
These dogs have faithfully served people as sentries, watchdogs and hunting canines for centuries.
The goal with crossing two purebred dog breeds, called “hybrid dog breeding,” can include strengthening the gene pool.
Maximizing the strengths of each purebred dog parent while minimizing known breed weaknesses.
One important thing to remember when selecting hybrid puppies is that it is literally impossible to predict how much genetic influence each purebred parent dog will have on a given puppy.
This can mean that puppies within the same litter can look and act quite different from each other.
List of Shiba Inu Mixes
If you have arrived here because you are seeking more information about a specific Shiba Inu mix dog, you can use this list to go right to the dog you want to learn more about.
- Husky Inu
- Imo Inu
- Shairn Inu
- Corgi Inu
- Shiba Shep
Shiba Inu Mix Breed Dogs
Now let’s meet some of the most popular Shiba Inu mixes.
Husky Inu: Siberian Husky Shiba Inu Mix
A Husky Inu has one Shiba Inu parent and one Siberian Husky parent.
Here, you are basically crossing a fox with a wolf in terms of appearance, so you can count on having a unique and gorgeous dog.
Neither of these dog breeds is considered a “beginner” breed for a first-time owner.
They can be challenging to train and control. Neither can ever be trusted off the leash.
However, the Husky is notoriously friendly and thus a very poor watchdog, while the Shiba excels at guarding.
Here, it is hard to predict what a puppy’s adult personality will be like in advance.
This dog has a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
Imo Inu: American Eskimo Shiba Inu Mix
The Imo Inu is a cross between a Shiba Inu and an American Eskimo dog.
The American Eskimo dog is bred in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy.
This means your adult Imo Inu dog may weigh anywhere from less than 10 pounds to 25-plus pounds, depending on the size of the American Eskimo dog parent.
These dogs are both quite striking to look at, with thick, fluffy coats that are easy to groom but shed frequently.
They are also both natural athletes bred to work, although at very different jobs.
The American Eskimo dog is very social, with a high people-pleasing drive and a natural way with kids, while the Shiba is aloof and independent.
This can make it hard to predict your puppy’s personality in advance. These dogs can live 13 to 16 years.
PomShi: Pomeranian Shiba Inu Mix
The PomShi is a cross between a Shiba Inu and a Pomeranian.
What these two canines have in common is their fluffy coat and somewhat fox-like facial appearance.
But their personalities could not be more different.
The Pomeranian is social and people-oriented whereas the Shiba is reserved and independent.
An adult PomShi typically weighs between 12 and 14 pounds but can weigh less. These dogs can live 12 to 16 years.
PooShi: Poodle Shiba Inu Mix
A Shiba is always going to be independent, somewhat stubborn and at best imperfectly trainable.
A Poodle, on the other hand, has a very high people-pleasing nature along with modern smarts and athletic ability.
What both breeds share in common is a natural reserve around people they don’t know.
The PooShi’s coat is guaranteed to be a show-stopper. If you are lucky, the Poodle gene will dominate.
You will have a dog that sheds little, if at all.
These dogs typically weigh 10 to 25 pounds but can weigh more with a bigger Poodle parent.
The life expectancy ranges from 10 to 18 years.
Schnu: Schnauzer Shiba Inu Mix
These two dogs can be similar in weight and size although quite different in coat and appearance.
The Schnu may inherit the reddish coat and fox-like appearance of the Shiba or take after the wise-bearded Schnauzer’s wiry thick coat.
Similarly, a Schnu may shed a little (Schnauzer) or a lot (Shiba).
Since there is no way to predict which parent dog will most influence a puppy, you will just have to wait and see.
In temperament, you can expect to see some natural tempering of the personality extremes between the Shiba’s natural reserve and the Schnauzer’s bouncy friendliness.
These dogs typically live 12 to 16 years.
Shairn Inu: Cairn Terrier Shiba Inu Mix
The Shairn Inu is a mix between a Shiba Inu and a Cairn Terrier. This is an interesting mix because these two dogs are quite different in many ways.
The Cairn Terrier is all Terrier through and through.
With the rough, straight, mid-length “wash-and-wear” coat this breed is known for.
In personality too, the Shairn Inu can be a bit of a wild card.
Combine the Shiba’s natural reserve and guarding tendencies with the bouncy, playful Cairn Terrier and you just won’t ever know what your puppy will be like until their adult personality arrives.
These dogs will weigh anywhere from 13 to 25 pounds and have a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years.
ShiPin: Miniature Pinscher Shiba Inu Mix
The ShiPin is a cross between a Shiba Inu and a Miniature Pinscher (adorably nicknamed the “Min Pin”).
This dog will be petite and compact in adulthood, with the small but power-packed physique that both breeds are known for.
Another similarity between these two breeds is found in their reddish fur.
However, where the Shiba Inu has that signature fluffy coat, the Min Pin has a very short, neat, flat coat.
Personality-wise, neither of these breeds seems to realize they are small.
But where the Shiba comes across as more aloof, the Min Pin is definitely sociable and people-oriented.
You can expect this dog to live 12 to 16 years.
Shibadach: Dachshund Shiba Inu Mix
The Shibadach is a pairing between a Shiba Inu and a Dachshund.
The Dachshund, of course, is one of the most beloved and most easily recognized breeds in the world.
Dachshunds are bred in three sizes: standard, miniature and toy.
This means your adult Shibadach may weigh anywhere from less than 9 pounds up to 25-plus pounds.
Dachshunds, like Shibas, can be territorial around “their” things (ex. food, toys, bedding).
However, unlike Shibas, Dachshunds are generally very people-oriented and social.
One health issue to watch for comes from the Dachshund’s extra-long back and short legs, which can cause back issues later in life.
An adult Shibadach typically lives 12 to 16 years.
Shibo: Boston Terrier Shiba Inu Mix
The Shibo is a pairing of a Shiba Inu with a Boston Terrier. Here, you are pairing two pups of a similar weight and size, although with very different coats.
The Shiba’s fluffy, fox-like coat sheds quite routinely.
The Boston Terrier’s short, neat “tuxedo” coat does shed but not unmanageably.
The Shibo may inherit the Shiba parent dog’s more guarded, independent and reserved personality or the Boston Terrier’s lively, playful and sociable nature.
Since it is impossible to predict which parent dog will have greater influence over a given puppy, you may not know your Shibo’s adult personality until adulthood is upon you.
One health issue of note comes from the Boston Terrier side.
This purebred dog breed is brachycephalic (flat-faced), which can lead to certain breathing and eye issues.
The Shibo typically weighs 12 to 15 pounds and lives 11 to 16 years.
Shocker: Cocker Spaniel Shiba Inu Mix
The Shocker, a mix between a Shiba Inu and a Cocker Spaniel, definitely wins the “coolest hybrid dog name” contest.
This is a hybrid dog pairing that can deliver quite a bit of diversity within a litter of puppies.
The Shiba Inu’s reserved and independent (some say stubborn) personality is well known, as is the Cocker Spaniel’s loving, gentle and playful nature.
Unlike Shibas, Cocker Spaniels are great with kids.
Size-wise, you probably won’t have too many surprises here.
Your adult Shocker will likely weigh between 15 and 30 pounds and have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.
Corgi Inu: Corbi Shiba Inu Mix
The Shiba Inu Corgi mix is a pairing of a Shiba Inu with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Both purebred parent dogs are similar in size as well as in appearance and coat color.
One difference is that, as a herding breed, the Corgi naturally has shorter legs to help this dog avoid being kicked while on the job.
Where the two breeds diverge more sharply is in temperament.
The ancient Shiba Inu tends to be reticent or aggressive around strangers and does not tolerate too much handling.
The Corgi, on the other hand, adores attention and loves being handled.
An adult Corgi Inu will likely weigh 17 to 25 pounds and live 12 to 16 years.
Shiba Shep: German Shepherd Shiba Inu Mix
The Shiba Shep mix is a pairing of a Shiba Inu with a German Shepherd. This is a newer pairing and one of the most interesting.
The German Shepherd is the second most popular pet dog in America today.
However, the Shep, like the Shiba, is not considered a dog breed for beginning owners. Both dogs have strong guarding traits and strong wills.
A Shiba Shep can be a handful for another reason as well. Adult German Shepherds can weigh up to 90 pounds.
An adult Shiba Shep typically weighs 40 to 60-plus pounds and will live 7 to 16 years.
Is a Shiba Inu Mix Right for Me?
We hope you have enjoyed learning about some of the most popular emerging hybrid dog breeds that feature the Shiba Inu.
References and Further Reading
- “An Introduction to the Shiba Inu,” National Shiba Inu Club of America
- Beuchat, C., 2014, “The Myth of Hybrid Vigor in Dogs….Is a Myth,” The Institute of Canine Biology
- “Genetic Welfare Problems of Companion Animals,” Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
- Packer, R.M.A., et al., 2016, “Dachslife 2015: An Investigation of Lifestyle Associations with the Risk of Intervertebral Disc Disease in Dachshunds,” Canine Genetics and Epidemiology Journal
- Takeuchi, Y., et al., 2009, “Association Analysis Between Canine Behavioral Traits and Genetic Polymorphisms in the Shiba Inu Breed,” Journal of Animal Genetics
- “Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Shibas,” Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue