Shiba Inu Life Expectancy

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If you have a Shiba Inu at home or want to adopt one, a frequent question is how long this friend will be by your side keeping you company? The truth is that life expectancy for dogs is very short compared to ours but with a healthy lifestyle, there can be a difference.

How Long Do Shiba Inus Live?

The Shiba Inu has an average life expectancy of 12 to 14 years. There are cases where the Shiba has lived many years longer, but generally, it is not that common.

Although many years will never be enough, for your dog to stay with you for a long time it is essential to know what illnesses it may suffer from and what proper care is needed to have a healthy life.


These dogs are strong with good genetics. They do not suffer from any particular disease of the breed; however, like all dogs they can be more prone to some conditions than others like:


  • Food allergies, caused by certain foods that cause a bad reaction in the dog.
  • Inhalation allergies, which are quite common even in people, are caused by certain air components such as dust and pollen.
  • Allergies by contact, caused by contact of substances such as chemicals, hygienic products, dust, etc.

Hip dysplasia

Dysplasia is when the femur bone’s head and the acetabulum of the hip do not fit together. This can lead to limping and even in the worst case the dog may not be able to walk anymore.

To avoid your dog suffering from this disease, it is good to detect the symptoms in time (difficulty to walk, pain, hip swing, etc.) to know if your dog’s parents have had this disease since it is a hereditary disease and check that your dog does not suffer from overweight. 

Also, do general check-ups and supervise the state of its joints.

Patellar Luxation

Another common disease in dogs. This happens when the kneecap (small bone located in front of the knee joint) moves out of its place, trochlea, causing pain and functional weakness in the dog which will make it necessary to be operated as soon as possible, after a successful operation, the dog will be able to have a normal life.

How To Give Your Shiba a Long Life

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Taking good care of your dog is not only about preventing diseases but also about taking care of its environment, food and hygiene.


The Shiba can adapt to its environment. They can live in an apartment or a house with a garden, the important thing is that they go for a walk every day, they need to exercise for an excellent physical and mental condition.


 Although these dogs have a plentiful coat they will not need more than one or two brushes a week, they usually will shed their hair twice a year and it is convenient to comb it more to eliminate dead hair.


It is advisable to bathe your dog every four months unless it is really dirty, the Shiba Inu is a relatively clean dog, it is in charge of being presentable.

It has a coat that contains some natural oils that protect it, help it to be clean, and contribute in the regulation of the corporal temperature. If you bathe him excessively, this natural protection will be eliminated.


it is advisable to brush its teeth two or three times a week to prevent gum diseases and bad breath.


The Shiba Inu, like many dogs, requires a nutritionally balanced diet. The amount of food you should give it depends on the age of your dog and the level of physical exercise it gets.

It is best to consult your veterinarian about the best diet for your dog and always make sure it has a bowl of clean water within reach.

Pusuke, the oldest Shiba Inu in the world

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With good care and good quality of life, your dog could have a life expectancy like Pusuke, a Shiba Inu who was born on April 1st, 1985, was until 2011 (the year he died.) the longest living canine in the world, which made him be in the Guinness Book of Records. 

Pusuke, although he didn’t look like it, was 26 years and nine months old, the equivalent of 125 years of a human being, according to his owner. Although he did not break the record for the oldest dog in the world, he was included as the world’s oldest-living dog after checking both his vaccination papers and the municipal animal registry.

How Old Is a Dog In Human Years?

There is a popular belief that one dog year is equivalent to 7 human years, but over time it has been shown that this equivalence has no scientific basis.

However, there is a new scientific calculation based on the following formula: equivalent human age = 16 x ln (chronological age of the dog) + 31.

This research explained by indicates that: a useful shortcut to this formula is to remember that the first dog year counts for 31 human years. Then, each time the chronological age of the dog doubles after that, the number of equivalent human years increases by 11. So eight calendar years represent three “doublings” (from one to two, two to four, and then four to eight), giving the age of a dog equivalent to 64 (that’s 31 + 3×11).

There is also another investigation where you can calculate your dog life expectancy from the first year that corresponds to 15 or 16 human years since, at that time, the dog pass from newborns to teenagers.

  • At the age of 2, your dog may have the equivalent of 24 human years and is already a young adult. 
  • From the age of 2, we will add 5 human years for each canine year, until the age of 5.
  • Then we will add, for each canine year, 4 human years for small breeds, 6 human years for medium breeds, and 8 human years for large breeds.

There are many other calculations to try to find the exact equivalent of your dog’s age, but these are the most recent ones that can help you to decipher it better.

The life expectancy of dogs is something that still generates discussion, and the Shiba Inu is no exception, but providing them with excellent care and a good and happy life will notably increase their life expectancy. And remember, although the future is uncertain, the important thing is that you enjoy the present with your dog.