Exercising Your Shiba InuGood Exercises For Your Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu, or “Little Brushwood Dog” are one of the oldest dog breeds in existence. Considered the national pride of Japan, these dogs were used for small game hunting for decades. They make great pets for households that have other dogs, children, or cats, but can be a danger to smaller pets like hamsters or Guinea pigs.

Breed Type


Physical Characteristics

  • small
  • non-muscular
  • sharp ears


  • moderately active.
  • easily house broken
  • is clean, and uncomfortable with getting dirty
  • curious and adventurous
  • independent and prone to wandering
  • is comfortable in urban environments
  • is comfortable with children and most other pets
  • will likely chase squirrels, gerbils, hamsters, or other small mammals and rodents, even if those small mammals are pets

Best Exercises

  • moderate to long walks (30 – 60+ minutes)
  • running or jogging
  • lively games indoors or out
  • games that involve mental challenge, like Hide and Seek
  • training sessions

Suggested Exercise Plan

Shibas needs a daily workout. If the workout is shorter, play a vigorous game or run. Otherwise, try to give him a good, long walk. They have a high tolerance for cold weather. Make some time to play in the snow and don’t be afraid to take walks all winter.

Things To Note

  • This breed does not fair well in high temperatures. Exercise indoors on hot days.
  • Shibas require a strong, assertive leader. Without discipline they will wander off on their own and disobey commands.