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

"Find similarities and differences between Shiba Inu vs Akita vs Kai Ken" Compare Shiba Inu and Akita. Which is better: Shiba Inu or Akita or Kai Ken?
Name Shiba Inu Akita Kai Ken
OriginsJapan Japan Japan
Group Companion Dogs Working Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank4547494
Reviews130
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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 Tora Inu, Tiger Dog
Breed Type Purebred 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. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
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. 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
America's Pet Registry
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Foundation Stock Service
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Price $800-$1000 $800-$1200 $1400-$1600

General Appearance - Shiba Inu vs Akita vs Kai Ken

Size Medium Large Medium
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) Male: 44-53 pounds (20–24 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16-20 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) Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 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) Male: 20-22 inches (51-56 cm), Female: 18-20 inches (46-51 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) Male: 21 inches (53.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47.5 cm)

Hair & Care - Shiba Inu vs Akita vs Kai Ken

Coat Dense Fluffy
Dense
Waterproof
Straight
Double
Thick
Soft
Dense
Colors Tan
Red
Cream
Sesame
Black
Red
Fawn
White
Black
Brown
Black
Red
Black & Red
Brindle
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.
Easy to groom: The Kai Ken doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Shiba Inus shed above average.
Akitas are heavy shedders.
Kai Kens shed moderately.

Characteristics - Shiba Inu vs Akita vs Kai Ken

Temperament Alert
Confident
Fearless
Going
Charming
Faithful
Keen
Alert
Dignified
Friendly
Responsive
Courageous
Docile
Intelligent
Vigilant
Independent
Faithful
Willing
Protective
Loyal
Alert
Reserved
Agile
Intelligent
Brave
Intelligent Rank
Average: Shiba Inu's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Akita's has average obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Kai Ken is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Shiba Inus aren't famous for their trainability.
Akitas are easy to train.
Kai Kens are very easy to train.
Playfulness
Shiba Inus, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Akitas, like any other dog breed, like playing.
The Kai Ken is a highly playful breed.
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.
Kai Kens 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.
Kai Kens 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.
Kai Kens are a social breed.
Barking
Low to Average: The Shiba Inu rarely barks.
Low: The Akita barks none to minimal.
Average to high: The Kai Ken is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Shiba Inus are good watchdogs.
Akitas are one of the best watchdogs.
Kai Kens are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Shiba Inus are extremely protective guard dogs.
Akitas are extremely protective guard dogs.
Kai Kens strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Shiba Inu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Moderate
The Akita has an average chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Kai Ken has a low 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.
Kai Kens have a higher than 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.
Wanderlust potential of the Kai Ken 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.
Kai Kens have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Apartment Friendly
Shiba Inus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Akitas are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Kai Kens are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Shiba Inus adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Akitas adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Kai Kens 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.
Kai Kens 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.
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.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Shiba Inu vs Akita vs Kai Ken

Stranger Friendly
Shiba Inus are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Akitas are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Kai Kens are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shiba Inus are average friendly dogs towards children.
Akitas are kid-friendly dogs.
Kai Kens are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shiba Inus are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards cats.
Kai Kens are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Shiba Inus are average friendly towards other dogs.
Akitas are average friendly towards other dogs.
Kai Kens are dog-friendly 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.
No
Kai Ken 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.
Kai Kens are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shiba Inus usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Akitas are generally with other pets.
Kai Kens are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Shiba Inus are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Akitas are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Kai Kens 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
Shiba Inu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Akita breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Kai Ken 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 - Shiba Inu vs Akita vs Kai Ken

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.
Kai Kens are commonly healthy dogs.
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
No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-14 years 12-16 years
Hypoallergenic No 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.
Kai Kens have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Shiba Inus have an average exercise need.
Akitas need quite a lot of exercise.
Kai Kens have an average exercise need.
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.
Kai Kens sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
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. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Low to Average.
Average to High.
Average.
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.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Kai Ken can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even 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.
Medium
The Kai Ken 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.
The Kai Ken drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.

Reproducibility - Shiba Inu vs Akita vs Kai Ken

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 2-4 puppies 3-12 puppies 2-4 puppies

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