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Boston Terrier vs Shiba Inu vs Akita – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Boston Terrier vs Shiba Inu vs Akita" Compare Boston Terrier and Shiba Inu. Which is better: Boston Terrier or Shiba Inu or Akita?
Name Boston Terrier Shiba Inu Akita
OriginsUnited States Japan Japan
Group Companion Dogs Companion Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank214547
Reviews112
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Other Names Boston Bull, Boston Bull Terrier, Boxwood, American Gentlemen Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Shiba Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1893 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Small Molossian type Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Asian Spitz and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club 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 United Kennel Club 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 American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club
Price $600-$800 $800-$1000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Boston Terrier vs Shiba Inu vs Akita

Size Small Medium Large
Weight 10-25 pounds (6-11kg) Male: 18-25 pounds (8-11 kg), Female: 15-20 pounds (6.8-9 kg) Male: 75-120 pounds (34-54 kg), Female: 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg)
Avg. Weight 17.5 pounds (8.5 kg) Male: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg), Female: 17.5 pounds (6.8.5 kg) Male: 97.5 pounds (44 kg), Female: 92.5 pounds (42 kg)
Height 15-17 inches (38-43 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)
Avg. Height 16 inches (40.5 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Boston Terrier vs Shiba Inu vs Akita

Coat Fine Dense Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight
Colors White Brindle Seal Black Tan Red Cream Sesame Black Red Fawn White Black Brown
Grooming
Effortless: The Boston Terrier requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Easy to groom: The Akita doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Boston Terriers shed moderately.
Shiba Inus shed above average.
Akitas are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Boston Terrier vs Shiba Inu vs Akita

Temperament Affectionate Friendly Intelligent Playful Aggressive Gentle Lively Alert Confident Fearless Going Charming Faithful Keen Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective
Intelligent Rank
Average: Boston Terrier's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Boston Terriers are quite easy to train.
Shiba Inus are easy to train.
Akitas are easy to train.
Playfulness
Boston Terriers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Boston Terriers don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shiba Inus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
Akitas don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
Boston Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Boston Terriers are a social breed.
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average.
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Boston Terrier rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Boston Terriers are average watchdogs.
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Boston Terriers are average defenders.
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Boston Terriers have lower than average 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.
Akitas have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Boston Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
Wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Akita is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Boston Terriers have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
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.
Akitas have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Boston Terriers are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Boston Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Boston Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
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 Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Boston Terrier vs Shiba Inu vs Akita

Stranger Friendly
Boston Terriers are stranger friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Boston Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Boston Terriers are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Boston Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Boston Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Akita is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Boston Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Boston Terriers are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Boston Terriers 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.
No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Boston Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Akita 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.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Boston Terrier vs Shiba Inu vs Akita

Health Issues
The Boston Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shiba Inu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Akita is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Allergies Brain Tumors Cataracts Cherry Eye Deafness Heart Murmurs Megaesophagus Patellar Luxation Reverse Sneezing Allergies Cancer Chylothorax Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Spinning Bloat Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Sebaceous Adenitis
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No No
Energy Level
Boston Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Boston Terriers have an average exercise need.
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Boston Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Shiba Inus are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Akitas are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 0.5 to 1.5 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. Recommended daily amount: 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Low to Average.
Average to High.
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.
Prefers cold weather
The Akita can adapt well to harsh weather conditions, and also can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Boston Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Boston Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shiba Inu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Akita is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.

Reproducibility - Boston Terrier vs Shiba Inu vs Akita

Gestation Length 60-64 days 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.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 3-5 puppies 2-4 puppies 3-12 puppies

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