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

"Find similarities and differences between Shiba Inu vs Akita" Compare Shiba Inu and Akita. Which is better: Shiba Inu or Akita?
Name Shiba Inu Akita
OriginsJapan Japan
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs
Popularity Rank4547
Reviews11
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Other Names Brushwood Dog, Japanese Small-Size Dog, Japanese Shiba Inu, Shiba Ken, Shiba Great Japanese Dog, Japanese Akita, American Akita
Breed Type Purebred Purebred
AKC Group 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 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 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 $800-$1000 $800-$1200

General Appearance - Shiba Inu vs Akita

Size Medium Large
Weight 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 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 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 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 - Shiba Inu vs Akita

Coat Dense Fluffy Dense Waterproof Straight
Colors Tan Red Cream Sesame Black Red Fawn White Black Brown
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
Shiba Inus shed above average.
Akitas are heavy shedders.

Characteristics - Shiba Inu vs Akita

Temperament Alert Confident Fearless Going Charming Faithful Keen Alert Dignified Friendly Responsive Courageous Docile Intelligent Vigilant Independent Faithful Willing Protective
Intelligent Rank
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Shiba Inus are easy to train.
Akitas are easy to train.
Playfulness
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
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
Shiba Inus are highly affectionate dogs.
Akitas are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shiba Inus need for social interaction is average.
Akitas need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Watchdog Ability
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
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
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
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
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
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
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.
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With - Shiba Inu vs Akita

Stranger Friendly
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly 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
Shiba Inus are commonly okay with elderly people.
Akitas are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners 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.
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
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.

Health Factors - Shiba Inu vs Akita

Health Issues
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 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 10-14 years
Hypoallergenic No No
Energy Level
Shiba Inus have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Akitas have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
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 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
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate 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 Shiba Inu has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Akita has an average chance of bad smell.
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 - Shiba Inu vs Akita

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 2-4 puppies 3-12 puppies

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  • Steen

    Aug 17, 2019, 12:58:03 PM:

    You got it all wrong about the Shiba. Are you sure you did not use the Golden Retrivers profile instead of the Shibas ?