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The Shiba Inu is a breed of dog available in Nintendogs and its 3DS sequel. It is the Japanese-only mascot of Nintendogs, in place of Labrador Retriever, and Nintendogs + Cats, in place of Golden Retriever.

Shiba Inu: DS Info
Coat Colors:
Black with beige underbelly, muzzle, and paws; beige with white underbelly, legs, and muzzle; pure beige
Coat Length:

Description and TemperamentEdit

DS: "A breed originating in Ancient Japan, its small, muscular body and curly tail are its best features."

3DS (NTSC): "A breed originating in Japan, its small, muscular body and curly tail are its best features."

3DS (PAL): "A breed originating in Japan, it is known for its small muscular body and curly tail."

Bold, independent and headstrong, the Shiba Inu brims with self-confidence. It is lively outdoors, yet calm indoors, as long as they get daily exercise. It may be aggressive with strange dogs of the same gender and may chase small animals. It is a hardy breed, ready for adventure. Some tend to be headstrong and domineering. It is territorial, alert, and reserved with strangers- ingredients making an excellent watchdog. It is quite vocal- some bark a lot.

In real life, the Shiba Inu does come in red, black-and-tan, and sesame (red with black-tipped hairs). It also comes in white (although, it's called "cream"), but this is considered a major fault in dog shows because it's nonstandard with all major kennel clubs. In-game, the red Shiba Inus with black snouts that the player finds when selecting Red are not sesame. Rather, this is a sesame Shiba.

Unlocking the BreedEdit

3DS Cost: $1,580

Nintendogs + CatsEdit

In Nintendogs + Cats, the Shiba Inu comes in Red and Black & Tan. If the player chooses "Surprise me!" they may find a tan, tan with a dark stripe, brown, white, white with a dark stripe or grey Shiba.


Four neighbors own Shibas. They are:


  • Lucky/Piloto, owned by Kenji/Alberto
  • Spot, owned by Archie Hubbs


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