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Shiba Inu Mixes: 20 Crossbreeds You Are Bound To Love!

Shiba Inu Mixes: 20 Crossbreeds You Are Bound To Love!

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The Shiba Inu is an ancient dog breed originating from Japan, and it first appeared around 300 BC. These muscular but fluffy pups were primarily used for hunting.

The name, Shiba Inu, can be translated from Japanese as “brushwood dog”, referring to the red fur characteristic of the breed.

It took over two millennia for the breed to reach the west, and in 1956, the first Shiba Inu dogs appeared in the United States. The Shiba Inu ranks at number 44 on the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) popularity chart, and they can be quite expensive.

Today, these beautiful, medium-sized canines, with their agile physique and fox-like appearance have been used to create many crossbreeds that are rapidly growing in popularity.

So, in this article, we will be taking a look at the twenty most popular Shiba Inu mixes. And, we will provide you with all the information you need in order to choose your next furry family member!

A word about mixed breeds

woman holding a shiba inu

Before we get into the specific Shiba Inu mixes that we have prepared for you today, you should keep in mind that a crossbreed puppy will always take some characteristics from each parent breed.

Because of this, it is vital to know everything you can about both parents, or at least everything you think is important. However, even if you gobble up all the information about both parent breeds, predicting how a mixed breed puppy will turn out is always a game of chance!

Some of the Shiba Inu mixed breeds we will discuss in this article are labeled “designer dogs” or “hybrid dogs” as they are sometimes referred to. This means that these mixes were bred specifically for the reason of being a mix from a breeder.

If a designer dog is what you are looking for, you should know that they come in different generations. For instance, there are F1, F2, F1b, F2b, F1bb, and F3 generations, and so on.

The most popular designer dogs are actually Poodle mixes, and they are Labradoodles, Bernedoodles, Goldendoodles, and Yorkipoos. They are highly sought after for their hypoallergenic qualities, which make the lives of people suffering from dog-related allergies much easier!

But, we’ve gone a little bit off track here. The key thing to know about the different generations of designer dogs is that with each generation, you can more easily predict the traits that the offspring are going to have.

So, the size, temperament, and personality of an F1b (first-generation backcross) litter will be easier to predict compared to an F1 litter. Note that we said easier. Remember that predicting how a mixed breed puppy will turn out is never an easy thing to do!

Now that we’ve sorted that out, let’s take a look at twenty awesome Shiba Inu mixes we have in store for you!

Shiba Inu mixed with Husky

husky and shiba

The cross between a Siberian Husky and a Shiba Inu is aptly called a Shiba Husky! This is a very popular crossbreed when compared to some other Husky mixes that you can come across.

The Shiba Husky is a medium-sized canine, weighing from seventeen to sixty pounds, and ranging in height from 13.5 inches to 24 inches.

Since both parent breeds have a reputation of being quite challenging to train, this Shiba Inu Husky mix is not recommended for first-time dog owners. A Shiba Husky puppy requires early socialization and proper training from an early age in order to become an obedient and well-mannered adult.

In addition, both the Siberian Husky and the Shiba Inu breed have a high prey drive, and they can be somewhat unpredictable when off-leash. Also, bear in mind that both breeds are skillful escape artists.

Because of this, you will need a well-fenced garden or yard, and preferably no other small pets, such as cats or rodents, that could be viewed as prey. Note that with early socialization, you might be able to train them not to see these pets as prey, though it will be challenging.

With that said, the Shiba Inu Siberian Husky mix is a social dog that enjoys spending time with its human pack and with other dogs as well. These doggies come with high energy levels, and they need lots of physical and mental stimulation to maintain a healthy condition.

You can expect your Shiba Husky to be a moderate shedder, with two heavy shedding periods coming every fall and spring when the coat is “blown.” You will need to brush your pup’s coat at least every other day to keep the loose hair under control.

And, as you might have deduced yourself, this crossbreed might not be the best choice for allergy sufferers.

Shiba Inu mixed with Akita

A mix between a Shiba Inu and an Akita is called an Akita Inu or a Shibakita. Their offspring can be large or medium in size, depending on which side of the parenting mix it leans on.

These pups come with the beautiful, foxy appearance of the Spitz breeds as well as upright, triangular ears, and luxurious, thick coats.

The Akita Inu typically weighs between 30 and 45 pounds, and stands around 24 inches tall at the withers. The breed is highly loyal and very protective of its family, making it not always friendly toward strangers. The Akita Shiba Inu mix is highly intelligent, and it learns tricks and commands easily, but it needs socialization and training from day one.

However, their intelligence can sometimes be a downside, especially if these pups are left alone for long periods of time. A Shibakita pup can quickly become bored, which might lead to destructive behavior if they have no other outlet.

In ideal circumstances, these dogs should have a large, well-fenced back yard to spend their high energy levels. Also, a high wall surrounding your garden or yard is a must as wandering off is something both parent breeds are prone to.

The Akita Inu sports a double coat that sheds throughout the year, with two heavy blow-out periods in fall and spring. During the shedding season, you will need to invest a lot of time and effort in brushing your furry friend’s coat.

Shiba Inu mixed with Corgi

corgi shiba mix

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The Corgi Inu is created by mixing a Welsh Corgi with a Shiba Inu. The Corgi parent can be either a Pembroke or a Cardigan; it doesn’t really matter.

The Shiba Inu Corgi mix is a highly trainable pooch that makes an excellent watchdog. The breed is also very loyal and protective of its human pack.

However, as both the Corgi and the Shiba Inu parents have herding and hunting in their DNA, early socialization is crucial if you have children or other pets in your household. But, with all things considered, the Shiba Inu Corgi mix can be a great addition for just about any family.

The Shiba Corgi is generally a small dog breed that can adapt to apartment living, provided it gets a lot of physical exercise every day. Although it can be suited for living in small spaces, a fenced, outside space is preferable.

This Shiba Inu mix comes with a thick double coat that needs daily brushing, especially during the shedding seasons when the coat is blown. With an average lifespan of around fifteen years, the Corgi Inu is considered a relatively healthy breed similar to other corgi mixes.

Shiba Inu mixed with Chihuahua

The Shiba Chi is an adorable cross between a Shiba Inu and a Chihuahua, and even though these dogs are small in size, their personality is anything but!

If given proper socialization from a young age, Shiba Chis can be independent, loyal, confident, and well-behaved doggies. On the other hand, if they are not properly socialized, these pups can be aggressive, especially to other dogs, due to their Chihuahua genes.

Both the Chihuahua and the Shiba Inu breed have a reputation of being difficult to train, so your Shiba Chi might be stubborn, and not the most eager of canines. For the best results, make sure you start training your furry bestie from the moment you bring it home.

The personality and somewhat unpredictable temperament of the Shiba Inu Chihuahua mix make this breed unsuitable for households with children and other dogs or pets. These puppers thrive in an environment where they can forge a strong relationship with just one person.

When it comes to size, you can expect your Shiba Chi to weigh anywhere between eight and twelve pounds, and stand between nine and twelve inches tall.

In most cases, the Shiba Chi comes with a short coat that sheds regularly throughout the year. If your Shiba Chi inherits the coat of its Chihuahua parent, you might want to provide it with clothing during winter as it may not tolerate cold weather very well.

Shiba Inu mixed with Border Collie

shiba collie mix

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The Shiba Collie is what you get when you breed a Border Collie with a Shiba Inu. Their offspring is a high-energy, intelligent, and sometimes stubborn pooch that isn’t a wise choice for first-time owners.

This mixed breed needs a lot of physical as well as mental stimulation in order to maintain a happy and healthy condition. A bored Shiba collie can quickly become very destructive, especially if left to its own devices for long periods of time.

The Border Collie Shiba Inu mix is a medium-sized pooch, weighing between 20 and 40 pounds, and standing around 19 inches tall at the shoulder.

You can expect your Shiba Inu Border Collie mix to have a double coat that sheds heavily throughout the year and a little bit more during the spring and fall shedding seasons. This means you will have to groom your Shiba Collie frequently to keep your furniture and carpets from becoming plastered in dog hair.

Shiba Inu mixed with German Shepherd

The majestic Shepherd Inu is the offspring of the Shiba Inu and the German Shepherd parenting mix. They are confident dogs with high energy levels.

Dogs of this breed will not be very pleased if you leave them alone in the back yard while you are out working. The truth is, you will need to provide your Shiba Inu German Shepherd mix with a lot of physical and mental exercises, along with regular training to keep it happy.

Shepherd Inus can have a territorial personality, and they need an experienced owner who knows what to do with dogs that are aggressive or territorial. That being said, a well-trained and properly socialized German Shepherd Shiba Inu mix will make a protective, loyal, and loving family pet.

When off-leash, this crossbreed can be a bit troublesome due to its strong prey drive. And, considering that these are quite large dogs (weighing between 20 and 60 pounds, and standing at approximately 22 inches), you might have some trouble restraining them on the leash, too!

Since German Shepherds are considered heavy shedders, you can expect your Shepherd Inu’s medium-length coat to shed heavily throughout the year and even more during shedding seasons. So, be prepared to groom your furry friend at least once a day in order to keep the loose hair from flying around your home.

While these dogs are generally healthy and have a life expectancy of between twelve and fourteen years, they are prone to suffering from hip dysplasia.

Shiba Inu mixed with Golden Retriever

shiba inu and retriever

The Golden Shiba is a delightful hybrid cross between the agile Shiba Inu and the always-by-your-side Golden Retriever. Similar to other Golden Retriever crossbreeds, these doggies have a strong hunting instinct and a deeply ingrained prey drive.

This can be an issue if you have other pets in your household, especially rabbits and cats. However, with proper socialization and training from an early age, your Golden Shiba should have no problem hanging out with your other furry friends.

The Shiba Inu Golden Retriever mix comes with a thick, silky, medium-length coat that ranges in color from white to tan and honey-brown. Also, most of these hybrid dogs come with floppy or partly erect ears, making them look absolutely adorable!

The Golden Shiba is a medium-sized doggo that can weigh anywhere between thirty and fifty pounds, and have a height of up to twenty inches at the shoulder. Note that if it inherits the shedding properties of its Golden Retriever parent, you will have a heavy shedder on your hands.

This crossbreed is quite long-lived, often being at its owner’s side for fifteen years or more. Although they can be susceptible to glaucoma, cataracts, and hip dysplasia, Golden Shibas are generally considered healthy canines.

One serious health condition you should be aware of that is very common in Golden Retrievers is certain types of cancer. Because of this, you must ask your puppy’s breeder for health-screening paperwork concerning its Golden Retriever parent.

Shiba Inu Malamute mix

The Shiba Malamute is a playful pooch created by mixing an Alaskan Malamute with a Shiba Inu. This pooch is typically medium in size, and in most cases, it stands from 13.5 to 22 inches tall, and weighs between 17 and 50 pounds.

Note that this crossbreed can be rather stubborn to train, and it can have an independent personality, making it best suited for homes with experienced dog owners. The Malamute Shiba Inu mix is very loyal to its human family, but its high prey drive can make it a troublesome housemate for smaller furry creatures such as rabbits and cats. Early socialization is highly recommended.

Both the Malamute and the Shiba Inu breed have thick, luxurious coats that shed heavily, especially during shedding seasons. So, if you wish to own a dog of this mix, you should be prepared to spend quite some time grooming its coat in order to prevent your home from becoming covered in dog hair!

The Shiba Inu Malamute mix usually lives around fifteen years. Although considered a pretty healthy breed, some Shiba Malamutes can suffer from inherited health conditions, including patellar luxation and hip dysplasia.

Shiba Inu mixed with Poodle

shiba poodle mix

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The Poo-Shi is a cuddly, sweet pup created by mixing a Shiba Inu and a standard, mini, or toy Poodle. Similar to other F1 Poodle mixes, this crossbreed is an athletic and outgoing pooch that has high energy levels.

These dogs are excellent hunting partners due to their high prey drive. However, this can be a bit problematic in a domestic setting if they share a home with other smaller pets. Also, their strong prey drive kind of demands that they are never off-leash when out walking.

The Shiba Inu Poodle mix is a medium-sized canine whose size will depend on the variety of Poodle used in the breeding process. Generally speaking, a Poo-Shi will vary from eight to forty pounds in weight, and stand somewhere between twelve and twenty inches in height. Note that a Standard Poodle will yield the largest Poo-Shi.

The Poo-Shi’s coat type highly depends on which genes of the parent breeds are dominant in the puppy. This means your F1 Shi-Poo may come with a high-shedding double coat like a Shiba Inu, or a somewhat hypoallergenic, curly coat like a poodle!

Shiba Inu mixed with Pug

A cross between the Shiba Inu and the Pug breed yields the conveniently named Shug Inu. This is a highly unusual mix, which is rarely seen.

The comical, snub-nosed appearance draws attention wherever the Shug Inu goes! When it comes to personality, the Shiba Inu Pug mix can be sociable and feisty as well as snuggling and quiet.

However, generally speaking, these doggos are intelligent and spunky canines that love their families and make excellent companions. Even though they can adapt to families with kids, these pups are best suited for a home with singles.

The Shug Inu is a small crossbreed weighing between 16 and 24 pounds, and standing between 14 and 16 inches at the withers.

One advantage of crossing a Pug with a Shiba Inu is that the Shiba’s foxy face can counteract the issues of the flat-faced snout that the brachycephalic Pug breed has; thus, relieving many of the breathing difficulties.

Shiba Inu Eskimo mix

shiba inu eskimo mix

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The unique Imo Inu is a mix between an American Eskimo dog and a Shiba Inu. This crossbreed comes with a beautiful fluffy coat often completely white in color.

The American Eskimo dog comes in three sizes, including standard, miniature, and toy. This means that an adult Shiba Inu American Eskimo crossbreed could range from ten to twenty-five pounds in weight, depending on the size of the American Eskimo parent.

Note that this is far from being a suitable breed for a household with allergy sufferers. Although gorgeous to look at, the Imo Inu sheds hair constantly, and requires a lot of grooming time to keep its coat free from mats and tangles.

Both parent breeds in this unusual mix are naturally athletic, agile working dogs. But, their personalities are quite different.

The American Eskimo pooch loves children, and it has an endearing willingness to please its owner, making it a breeze to train. On the other side of the mix, both male and female Shiba Inus can be quite independent and aloof, sort of like a cat. So, you can expect your little furry buddy to come out anywhere between the two, depending on which side of the parenting mix it takes after.

Shiba Inu mixed with Pomeranian

The PomShi is the offspring of a purebred Pomeranian and a Shiba Inu. Although these two breeds have totally different personalities, they look very similar with their fox-like faces and fluffy coats. While the Shiba Inu can be aloof and independent, the Pomeranian is very much a sociable velcro dog.

The offspring of a Shiba Inu Pomeranian mix is a medium-sized pooch standing up to seventeen inches high at the shoulder, and weighing up to fourteen pounds.

With an average lifespan of around sixteen years, the PomShi can be considered a healthy breed. However, these pups can suffer from patellar luxation and dental problems. Note that the PomShi is a very popular Pomeranian hybrid, and you will most often see these pups marketed as designer dogs.

Shiba Inu Schnauzer mix

The Schnu is a rather unusual crossbreed created by mixing a Shiba Inu and a purebred Schnauzer. In most cases, a Miniature Schnauzer is used in creating this mixed breed.

Although the two parent breeds in this mix are different in coat type and general appearance, they are similar in weight and height.

Your mixed-breed pooch may inherit the foxy face and reddish-colored coat of the Shiba Inu, or he may have the bearded face of the Schnauzer parent and a thick, wiry black coat.

Likewise, your Shiba Inu Schnauzer mix puppy may be a heavy or a light shedder, depending on whether it takes after the mother or the father.

The Schnu’s personality is usually somewhere between the more reserved Shiba Inu and the bouncy and naturally friendly Schnauzer. But, in general, you can expect a dog of this breed to be a good family pet and get along well with other furry friends and children.

This, however, doesn’t mean you should neglect its socialization from an early age. As with all breeds, proper training and socialization is the key to having a well-adapted adult pup. Like most other Schnauzer crossbreeds, the average lifespan of a Schnu is between twelve and sixteen years.

Shiba Inu mixed with Cairn Terrier

The cross between the fuzzy Cairn Terrier and the fluffy Shiba Inu is called a Shairn Inu. The two parent breeds have many differences, making this an unusual and quite rare mix that is seldom seen at the dog park.

When it comes to personality, the Cairn Terrier and the Shiba Inu couldn’t be more different! One is playful, bouncy, and full of joy whereas the other one is reserved and aloof (you know who we are talking about).

But, until your Shairn Inu puppy grows up, you won’t have a clue just how he will turn out. When it comes to appearance, you can expect your pooch to weigh anywhere between thirteen and twenty-five pounds, with a height of around eleven to fifteen inches. The life expectancy of these small and cuddly creatures is around sixteen years.

Shiba Inu mixed with Miniature Pinscher

The ShiPin is what you get when you cross a Shiba Inu with a Miniature Pinscher. The result is a very unusual crossbreed between two very different parent breeds. One thing that is certain, though, is that the ShiPin will turn out to be small and compact, with a tiny but powerful physique, which it inherits from both parents.

The chances are that your Miniature Pinscher Shiba Inu mix will have the same reddish coat color as both of its parents. However, the Miniature Pinscher sports a short, flat coat while the Shiba Inu has a fluffy, luxurious one. This means your ShiPin’s coat can be anywhere in between!

Perhaps the most unusual of all the Shiba Inu mixes on our list, the ShiPin can either turn out to be aloof and reserved, or very social and people-oriented. This highly depends on which side of the parenting mix it leans on. And, like the majority of Pinscher Mixes, you can expect your ShiPin to have a healthy life and be by your side for around twelve to sixteen years.

Shiba Inu Dachshund mix

dachshund and shiba inu

If you are looking for an adorable, pint-sized pooch that will rarely leave your side, the Shibadach or Shibadox might just be what you need! This wonderful mix is created by breeding a Dachshund with a Shiba Inu.

Dachshunds (or sausage dogs) come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. This means that your Dachshund Shiba Inu crossbreed could weigh anywhere between nine and twenty-five pounds.

In most cases, the Shibadach is an amenable, family-friendly crossbreed. However, they can also be a bit possessive and territorial around their possessions such as toys, beds, crates, etc.

If a Shibadox inherits its Dachshund parent’s characteristic short legs and extra-long back, it might suffer from back problems. Otherwise, this crossbreed is considered relatively healthy. The life expectancy of one of these mixed-breed pooches is usually between twelve and sixteen years.

Shiba Inu Boston Terrier mix

The Shibo is what you get by crossing a Boston Terrier and a Shiba Inu. This is another very rare crossbreed on our Shiba Inu mixes list, even though the dogs are of similar build. This makes predicting the outcome of the cross a little bit easier than when the parent breeds are totally different.

With that said, the Boston Terrier and the Shiba Inu have very different coat types. The first one has a short, low-shedding coat while the second one has a fluffy, fox-like coat with moderate shedding levels.

The two parent breeds of this crossbreed have very different personalities. While the Boston Terrier is sociable, lively, and full of fun and games, the Shiba Inu is aloof, independent, and reserved.

The Shiba Inu Boston Terrier mix is a healthy crossbreed that can live to around fifteen years of age. However, there is one health issue that your Shibo pooch may inherit from the Boston Terrier side of the mix.

Being a Boston Terrier mix, the Shibo can suffer from the same issues as most brachycephalic breeds. Their short snouts and flat faces can lead to breathing difficulties.

Shiba Inu Cocker Spaniel mix

The hilariously named Shocker is a mix between a purebred Cocker Spaniel and a Shiba Inu. As with any other mixed-breed dog, it can be very difficult to predict how the litter of these very different breeds will turn out.

Cocker Spaniels are usually loving, goofy, and playful pups that get along well with everyone in the household, including other furry friends. On the other side of the breeding mix is the reserved and almost catlike Shiba Inu. So, your adult Shocker’s personality will be an enigma until the puppy matures.

What you can predict more easily, though, is the size of an adult Shocker. A mature dog of this breed is probably going to weigh between fifteen and thirty pounds, and stand around twelve inches tall at the shoulder.

The Shocker is usually a healthy mixed-breed pup, and it has an average lifespan of between thirteen and fifteen years. With that said, you should know that this crossbreed can sometimes suffer from eye problems and hip dysplasia.

Shiba Inu Shepherd mix puppy

australian shepherd

A mixed-breed pup that comes from a Shiba Inu and Australian Shepherd parent breeds is aptly named an Aussie Shiba. It is a medium-sized doggo that can grow to weigh from twenty to forty pounds, and reach twenty-five inches in height.

When it comes to temperament and personality, the Aussie Shiba generally gets along great with well-behaved children and properly socialized pets. And, although highly intelligent and trainable, you will need to be sensitive and patient with your Aussie Shiba during training. Both parent breeds tend to become stubborn and stressed if negative reinforcement training methods are conducted.

As both parent breeds have a strong guarding and herding heritage, you will find that the Aussie Shiba makes a great guard dog and watchdog. Also, keep in mind that this mixed breed dog needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation to remain in a healthy condition. They are the best dogs when given a job to do!

A bored Shiba Inu Australian Shepherd mix can quickly become vocal and destructive if left to its own devices for longer periods. The Aussie Shiba has moderate shedding levels, and it will require brushing at least twice a week to keep its coat in optimal condition.

These crossbreeds usually have a life expectancy of up to fifteen years. And, although generally healthy, most Australian Shepherd crossbreeds can suffer from ailments such as patellar luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), hip dysplasia, and skin allergies.

Shiba Inu Beagle mix

The Shi-Beagle is a mixed breed dog that comes from Shiba Inu and Beagle parent breeds. This amazing crossbreed combines the hunting and tracking abilities of both the Beagle and the Shiba Inu, making it an excellent hunting companion!

Apart from its hunting abilities, the Shi-Beagle is usually a comical, doting pet that can withstand being left alone for long periods of time compared to many other breeds.

An adult Shiba Inu Beagle mix usually grows to stand between thirteen and seventeen inches in height at the shoulder, and weighs between eighteen and thirty pounds.

Shi-Beagles are loving, loyal canines, with an ideal size for apartment dwellers. However, they can be quite energetic, so you will need to provide at least one long walk every day and back that up with a few playtimes weekly. Similar to other Beagle mixes, this crossbreed can have a life expectancy of around fifteen years, and it is considered a healthy breed.

How much do Shiba Inus cost?

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Generally speaking, Shiba Inu puppies that come from reputable breeders and have limited registration papers usually cost between $1400 and $2200.

If you wish to purchase a Shiba Inu with full registration, you should be prepared to spend anywhere between $2000 and $3500.

A full AKC registration gives you the right to breed the pooch and receive limited registration for the dog’s offspring. On the other hand, limited registration is meant for dogs that are not intended to be bred.

Final thoughts

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The purebred Shiba Inu is a great furry companion for homes without children and other pets. This breed can be somewhat challenging to train, and it is not a suitable four-legged companion for someone who has no prior experience in owning a dog.

Fortunately, if you wish to enjoy the good looks and charm of the Shiba Inu, even though you are a first-time owner, you can! By choosing one of the Shiba Inu mixes on our list, you can get a crossbreed that is better suited for a household with children and other pets.

Most Shiba Inu mixes are the perfect blend between the independent and fun-loving personalities of their parent breeds. On top of that, these crossbreeds are healthy, and they will be with you and your family for fifteen years or more!

If you don’t want to take on a Shiba Inu mix puppy, you can look around at your local shelters and rescue groups to find an adult pooch in need of a forever home. Just make sure to ask the rescue center to provide proof that the purebred Shiba Inu or the Shiba Inu mix has been temperament tested and health screened before making a commitment.