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Labrador Retriever vs Shiba Inu – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Labrador Retriever vs Shiba Inu" Compare Labrador Retriever and Shiba Inu. Which is better: Labrador Retriever or Shiba Inu?
Name Labrador Retriever Shiba Inu
OriginsEngland Canada Japan
Group Gun Dog Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank145
Reviews31
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Other Names Labrador, Lab Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Shiba
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1917 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Retrievers 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 Canadian Canine Registry 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 $1000-$2000 $800-$1000

General Appearance - Labrador Retriever vs Shiba Inu

Size Large Medium
Weight Male: 60-75 pounds (27-34kg), Female: 55-70 pounds (25-32 kg) Male: 18-25 pounds (8-11 kg), Female: 15-20 pounds (6.8-9 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 67.5 pounds (30.5 kg), Female: 62.5 pounds (28.5 kg) Male: 21.5 pounds (9.5 kg), Female: 17.5 pounds (6.8.5 kg)
Height Male: 22-24 inches (56-61cm), Female: 21-23 inches (53-58 cm) Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 23 inches (58.5 cm), Female: 22 inches (55.5 cm) Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Labrador Retriever vs Shiba Inu

Coat Dense Waterproof Hard Short Dense
Colors Yellow Chocolate Black Tan Red Cream Sesame Black
Grooming
Effortless: The Labrador Retriever requires minimal grooming.
Easy to groom: The Shiba Inu doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Labrador Retrievers shed moderately.
Shiba Inus shed above average.

Characteristics - Labrador Retriever vs Shiba Inu

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Friendly Intelligent Loyal Playful Social Alert Energetic Gentle Loving Going Responsive Alert Confident Fearless Going Charming Faithful Keen
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Labrador Retriever is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Labrador Retrievers are very easy to train.
Shiba Inus are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Labrador Retriever is a highly playful breed.
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Affection Level
Labrador Retrievers may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence.
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of social interaction.
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The Labrador Retriever barks occasionally.
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Labrador Retrievers are average watchdogs.
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Labrador Retrievers are average defenders.
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Moderate
The Labrador Retriever has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Labrador Retrievers 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
Labrador Retrievers have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Shiba Inu is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Labrador Retrievers 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.
Apartment Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Labrador Retrievers 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
Labrador Retrievers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
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 - Labrador Retriever vs Shiba Inu

Stranger Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very stranger friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Cat Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are cat-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Labrador Retriever is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shiba Inu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Labrador Retrievers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Labrador Retrievers 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 Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
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) Yes
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 Yes
Labrador Retriever breed usually likes 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 - Labrador Retriever vs Shiba Inu

Health Issues
The Labrador Retriever 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.
Health Problems Acute Moist Dermatitis Bloat Cataracts Cold Tail Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Myopathy Osteochondrosis Dissecans Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Allergies Cancer Chylothorax Epilepsy Glaucoma Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Patellar Luxation Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Spinning
Life Expectancy 10-12 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Labrador Retrievers are high energy dogs.
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Labrador Retrievers need a lot of exercises.
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Labrador Retrievers 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 Recommended daily amount: 2.5 to 3 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
High: The Labrador Retriever breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
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 High
The Labrador Retriever has a high chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Labrador Retriever is an average drooler.
The Shiba Inu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Labrador Retriever 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 5-10 puppies 2-4 puppies

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  • Chris

    Nov 20, 2019, 7:51:00 PM:

    The information for Shibas does not seem to be accurate. "Good For First Time Owners" everwhere else online says no. Trainability: "Shiba Inus are easy to train." -- everywhere else online says no.