How Much Does a Shiba Inu Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

The Shiba Inu, native to Japan, was originally bred as a hunting partner and is known to have a high intelligence compared to other dogs.  This was a result of its natural strong prey drive which can be rooted back to the ancient breeds.  The Shiba has a double coat and can resemble a huskie with less fur.

Sleepy Shiba Inu by Yuya Tamai, on Flickr
Sleepy Shiba Inu” (CC BY 2.0) by  Yuya Tamai

How much does a Shiba Inu cost?

On average, the Shiba is going to range from $800 to as much as $2,300 for an AKC registered purebred.  This cost will all depend on the quality, gender, breeder, geographical location and inclusions, but remember:  price isn’t an indicator of quality.  A dog from an extremely good lineage will often cost more than $1,200, while a dog that comes from a backyard breeder with little or no paperwork can cost less than $800.

For example, at the time of this writing,, an online pet classified website had close to 200 listings, with the average price ranging from $800 to $1,300.  Here, most breeders would include the vaccines and a deworming.

Upon researching the official AKC Marketplace, we had found most reputable breeders on this website sold AKC quality Shiba Inus for $1,400 to $2,000.

Current Shiba Inu dog owners talked about what they aid on this forum thread.  Here, owners paid anywhere from $850 for an AKC champion bloodline to about $1,200.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should include up-to-date vaccinations, a health checkup by a licensed vet, a health guarantee, and if shipped, a travel crate.

Breeders may also include the spay/neuter, microchip and/or a starter kit with coupons and starter food.

AKC certified breeders will often take it one step further and offer a lifetime health and temperament guarantee.  They should also test the puppies for hips, eyes, PRA and cardio, along with the parents, sharing the results of both.

What are the extra costs?

While the dog is known to be very intelligent, obedience training, as with any dog, is still highly recommended.  It should start at a younger age, and at a minimum, they should learn the basics of sit, stay and lay down.  Being that these dogs are high in energy, it’s important to consider professional training in its first few weeks of ownership.

Due to the heavy coats, a professional monthly grooming session is recommended.

Recurring costs, as with any pet, will include the food, shelter, accessories, toys and routine/surprise vet visits.  A dog of this size should cost about $600 to $800 per year when healthy and much more when a sickness arises.

Tips to know

Males tend to measure 14 to 17 inches, while females will be slightly smaller, measuring 13 to 15.5 inches.  The average weight will be in the 20 to 30-pound range.

Its coat will be a thicker double cost which remains stiff and straight.  The undercoat will be softer and thick to the touch.  The coat is easy to groom and should be done weekly to remove any loose or dead hair to keep shedding at a minimum.  Common coat colors include black/tan, cream and red.

The Shiba Inu is known to be very intelligent, playful, lively, alert and can make a wonderful guard dog in some situations, which can lead to excessive barking if not controlled.

If healthy, the lifespan can range from 12 to 16 years.

To ensure you’re adopting from a reputable breeder, it’s best to adopt from a breeder that’s endorsed by the AKC or the Shiba Inu Club of America.  These ethical breeders typically show their dogs at shows and abide by strict breeding guidelines.  A good breeder should let you look at the home where the puppy was raised and should have a strict return policy.  You should also be able to see the parents on site. If the breeder seems like they just want your money, then it’s best to look elsewhere.

The dog is not recommended in close corridors, so it’s best to avoid smaller apartment and condo situations.  Regular exercise and average sized yards are highly recommended for the breed.  With this closed yard, however, make sure the fence is at least six to eight feet tall as they are known to jump over or dig under a fence to escape.

Those who own this breed often think of it more like a cat than a dog due to its independence.  These dogs don’t mind being on their own and don’t have the motivation to please their owners like other dogs do.

Due to their hunting instincts, some, depending on their personal temperaments, can be aggressive toward other dogs or animals.

The Shiba Inu has a unique scream that can be heard here.

How can I save money?

Before paying close to a thousand dollars at a breeder who’s more than likely in it for the money, highly consider looking at a local rescue that specializes with this breed or even consider the local Humane Society.  While you may not find this particular breed, per se, you may be able to find another breed that closely resembles the Shiba Inu.  Adopting is a wonderful way to support local organizations and help dogs truly in need.  For example, you could find a Shiba Inu Husky mix or Shiba Inu Corgi mix.

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Average Reported Cost: $900

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  1. Dawn Herzuck (Saint Paul,  Minnesota) paid $900 and said:

    She is 2 years old

    Was it worth it? Yes

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