The Shiba Inu is described as an alert, active, and attentive dog who is categorized in the non-sporting group of dog breeds. They come in a few different coat colors including, red, cream, black, and tan. The grooming required for the Shiba Inu is minimal, though they do shed heavily twice a year. They are considered a medium sized dog with a height ranging from 14.5-16.5 inches for the males, and 13.5-15.5 inches for the females. They have an average weight of 23 pounds for the males, and 17 pounds for the females. Their life expectancy is 13-16 years.