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Australian Kelpie vs Shiba Inu – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Australian Kelpie vs Shiba Inu" Compare Australian Kelpie and Shiba Inu. Which is better: Australian Kelpie or Shiba Inu?
Name Australian Kelpie Shiba Inu
OriginsAustralia Japan
Group Working Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank52345
Reviews21
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Other Names Australian Sheepdog, Australischer Kelpie, Kelpie, Barb Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Shiba
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club
Price $500-$700 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Australian Kelpie vs Shiba Inu

Size Medium Medium
Weight 25-45 pounds (11-20 kg) Male: 18-25 pounds (8-11 kg), Female: 15-20 pounds (6.8-9 kg)
Avg. Weight 35 pounds (15.5 kg) Male: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg), Female: 17.5 pounds (6.8.5 kg)
Height 17-20 inches (43-51 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Avg. Height 18.5 inches (47 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Australian Kelpie vs Shiba Inu

Coat Double Dense
Colors Blue Chocolate Red Tan Brown Fawn Black Tan Red Cream Sesame Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Australian Kelpie requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Australian Kelpies shed moderately.
Shiba Inus shed above average.

Characteristics - Australian Kelpie vs Shiba Inu

Temperament Alert Energetic Intelligent Robust Eager Friendly Loyal Alert Confident Fearless Going Charming Faithful Keen
Intelligent Rank
Average: Australian Kelpie's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Australian Kelpies are very easy to train.
Shiba Inus are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Australian Kelpie is a playful breed.
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Shiba Inus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Affection Level
Australian Kelpies are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Australian Kelpies need for social interaction is average.
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Australian Kelpie rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Australian Kelpies are one of the best watchdogs.
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Australian Kelpies are extremely protective guard dogs.
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Australian Kelpie has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Australian Kelpies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shiba Inus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Kelpie is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Australian Kelpies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shiba Inus have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Australian Kelpies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Australian Kelpies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Australian Kelpie vs Shiba Inu

Stranger Friendly
Australian Kelpies are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Australian Kelpies are kid-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Australian Kelpies are average friendly towards cats.
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Australian Kelpies are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Australian Kelpie is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Australian Kelpies are usually recommended for elderly people.
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Australian Kelpies are generally with other pets.
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Australian Kelpies are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shiba Inus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Australian Kelpie breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Australian Kelpie vs Shiba Inu

Health Issues
Australian Kelpies tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shiba Inu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cerebellar Abiotrophy Collie Eye Anomaly Hip Dysplasia Osteoarthritis Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Allergies Cancer Chylothorax Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Spinning
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Australian Kelpies are high energy dogs.
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Australian Kelpies need quite a lot of exercise.
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Australian Kelpies don't need too much sleep.
Shiba Inus are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Low to Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shiba Inu can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Australian Kelpie has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Australian Kelpie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shiba Inu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Australian Kelpie vs Shiba Inu

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-7 puppies 2-4 puppies

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