The Shiba Corgi: A Complete Guide

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Looking for the perfect dog for you and your family?

With a deep understanding of the importance of finding the right dog that will fit comfortably into your household, I have put together a guide to help you learn about a fantastic dog breed: the Shiba Corgi mix.

With two adorable parent breeds, any combination of the Shiba Corgi leads to an extremely cute friend that is smart, energetic, and will protect you from anything they think is a threat, no matter the size.

It is essential to know everything there is to know about the dog you want to bring into your family, and this is what this guide will aim to give you.

Everything from the health conditions to whether or not they are a good family dog will be covered in this article, so keep reading if you want to know more about them.

Shiba Corgi Puppies – Before You Buy…

A Shiba Corgi smiling at you
The Shiba Corgi is extremely cute.

We all know how important it is to make sure you are getting everything you desire from anything you purchase, and when it comes to dogs, the same rule applies.

Before going in to buy a furry companion to add to your life, it is important to note certain things to look out for when you first embark on the journey to buying this dog breed.

What Price are Shiba Corgi Puppies?

When you look at a dog like this, you might fall into the trap of love at first sight and buy one based on their adorable puppy eyes.

But, before you go emptying your wallet, it is important to talk about how much they cost.

These pups can cost anywhere between $300 to $700, all depending on who you purchase them from and what state the dog is in when you buy them.

If a dog has already had its shots and has been spayed or neutered, which the breeder you choose to buy from should provide information about, is one thing to look out for. That leads us to the next section.

How to Find Reputable Shiba Corgi Breeders?

The breeder that you choose to buy from is just as, if not more important than, the dog itself. The way the puppy is raised greatly influences the way the dog behaves and its health potential.

Buying from a breeder that has a good reputation and is very knowledgeable about the dog breeder is essential.

Checking out the home of the breeder that you are interested in buying from and seeing whether they are certified dog breeds are a good way to tell if you have encountered a trustworthy, reputable dog breeder.

Online reviews can help with this process, too, as will show you how other customers feel about their service.

3 Little-Known Facts About Shiba Corgi Puppies

  1. This crossbreed dog doesn’t have a history yet. The breed is very new, with the first appearance and make of this dog being in the late 2000s.
  2. This breed can be mixed with a Shiba Inu and either a Welsh Corgi or the Cardigan Corgi. The name of the Cardigan Corgi was created because the tail of the dog resembled that of a cardigan sweater. So if your crossbreed has this tail, just know that it has a unique cardigan tail
  3. Its other parent breed, the Shiba Inu, is one of the oldest dog breeds that come from Japan, and according to the American Kennel Club, they are the 44th most-liked dog breed. The Corgi is the 18th. So you will have a very liked dog with a mixture of these two.
A white Shiba Corgi standing in snow
It’s love at first sight with Shiba Corgi.

Physical Traits of the Shiba Corgi

The Shiba Corgi is a part of the small dog club. They take after the Corgi with most having short stubby legs and a long torso.

They can have a short or long tail, but it is usually curled thanks to the Shiba Inu and their Spitz descendent.

Some say they look like a fox with their pointed nose and snout, dark nose, deep brown eyes and pointy ears that sit upright on their head.

They also come in a wide range of colors, which are black, brown, red, fawn, blue, white, pied, sable, brindle, and many different combinations of any of these colors.

They also usually have the Corgi “mask,” which is the signature markings of their coat that make it look like they are wearing a mask on their face and in some case appears to be wearing a tuxedo.

The mask also has many different variations and combinations of the colors mentioned above.

Lastly, they have a very dense coat, meaning that you probably will have to brush them every day is you don’t want to have to rid your furniture and clothes of dog hair regularly.

Their hair is straight and medium in length.

How Big is a Full-Grown Shiba Corgi?

Shiba Corgis are a relatively small dog breed, with a height of about 10 to 15 inches, and a weight between 15 to 25 pounds.

Because of how low they are to the ground, you have to make sure you don’t step on them around the house!

This will probably never happen thankfully because their presence is not small at all.

These little guys don’t care about how small they are because they can take on anything with their strong personality and attitude.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Shiba Corgi?

If you are considering investing in the Shiba Corgi, another great aspect of this dog breed is how long they live.

Since both the Shiba Inu and the Corgi have similar lifespans and not many health issues, this dog can live to 12 to 14 years old, which is about the standard age for the majority of dogs.

Intelligence, Temperament, and Personality Traits of the Shiba Corgi

No matter the combination of this crossbreed, this dog is very intelligent, a little more than your average dog.

But, in some instances, the breed can inherent stubborn and bossy traits from their parent breeds, which can make some dogs from this breed pretty hard to train.

If not socialized and trained properly as a puppy, they can take this stubborn and bossy behavior and use it against you if they sense weakness in their owner.

This means that they can start running your household if you let them!

But, if you train them the right way you will raise a very well-mannered, playful, and calm dog.

Obedience classes are usually the right choice to make when having this type of dog because this way you can train and socialize them with people and other dogs to keep the negative traits at bay.

Also, since the parent breeds of these dogs were bred to hunt, they have the potential to react and activate their hunter instincts when they see things like squirrels or other small animals.

Because of this, it may be wise to keep them on a leash to keep them from running away from you.

The Shiba Corgi’s Diet

Since these furry little guys are small, they will require a small amount of food. As long as they have 1.5 to 2 cups a day, they will stay happy and energized.

Be careful not to overfeed this dog breed since they can gain weight pretty fast due to their size, especially if they are not as active as they need to be.

You will probably spend anywhere from 25 dollars a month to $45 on food, depending on the food’s quality and the size of the packaging.

How Much Exercise Does a Shiba Corgi Need?

A Shiba Corgi looking away
The Shiba Corgi is so furry.

As I mentioned above, this dog breed can become overweight without proper food portions and exercise.

They need about an hour a day to be active, and they enjoy a wide range of activities.

Some of these activities include hiking, playing in the park, running/walking, swimming, hunting, or agility competitions.

With such a broad range of activities, you can do anything with this pup as long as you keep them entertained.

If not, they can become destructive when bored and tear things up around the house and chew on things they aren’t supposed to, or even become aggressive with no way to let out their energy.

Shiba Corgi Health and Conditions

The Shiba Corgi tends to be a very healthy dog breed with few health problems to be concerned about.

Some of the conditions that they are predisposed to can be prevented, like dry skin by not giving them frequent baths to keep the oils in their fur and skin. Here are more of their health risks:

Serious Conditions:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease

Minor Conditions:

  • Patellar Luxation
  • Dry Skin
  • Cataracts

My Final Thoughts on the Shiba CorgiAn adult Shiba Corgi looking at you

This dog makes a perfect addition to any household or family due to their playful and energetic nature.

They can make great friends with other dogs and people as long as they are socialized as puppies and are easy to train.

They also don’t have a rigorous coat maintenance routine and are small, so they don’t take up much space.

Now to me, that sounds like a recipe for the perfect type of furry friend!

I hope that this guide has aided you in deciding if this awesome breed is right for you!