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The Shiba Inu (Japanese: Shiba) is a breed of dog available in Nintendogs and Nintendogs + Cats. It is the Japanese-only mascot of Nintendogs, which would be replaced by the Labrador Retriever, and in Nintendogs + Cats, it appears as the Japanese, Korean and Chinese mascot instead of the Golden Retriever.

Breed Information

The Shiba Inu is a hunting dog first used in Japan to startle birds and small animals out of brushwood (bushes), earning it the name "brushwood dog". Because the breed has been used since ancient times and language has evolved since then, however, it is disputed whether this is the proper translation or if "Shiba Inu" means "small dog".

Shibas are a clever, agile breed with a drive to chase and hunt. The breed's background as a hunting companion-- with instincts to follow and capture prey-- means that Shiba Inus are known to be quite active and highly possessive of anything they find, and can be leery towards strangers. Because of these qualities, a Shiba can be difficult to train, but the breed's stubbornness is outweighed by its overall gentleness with families, intelligence, and endearing friendly face.

In-Game Description

  • Nintendogs: "A breed originating in Ancient Japan, its small, muscular body and curly tail are its best features."
  • Nintendogs + Cats:
    (NTSC): "A breed originating in Japan, its small, muscular body and curly tail are its best features."
    (PAL): "A breed originating in Japan, it is known for its small muscular body and curly tail."

Unlocking the Breed

Nintendogs

Version
Chihuahua & FriendsJA Obtain 50,000 Trainer Points
Shiba Inu & FriendsJA Starter Breed
Dachshund & FriendsJA Obtain 50,000 Trainer Points
Version
Chihuahua & Friends Obtain 30,000 Trainer Points
Labrador & Friends Starter Breed
Dachshund & Friends Obtain 4,000 Trainer Points.
Dalmatian & Friends Find the Japanese Print Collar.
Best Friends Obtain 45,000 Trainer Points.

Nintendogs + Cats

Version
Toy Poodle & New Friends Obtain 9,800 Owner Points
Play for 31 days in a row
Golden Retriever & New Friends Starter Breed
French Bulldog & New Friends Obtain 9,800 Owner Points
Play for 31 days in a row

In Nintendogs

The Nintendogs games feature three different coat colors for the Shiba Inu: Black & Tan, Red, and White.

In Nintendogs + Cats

In Nintendogs + Cats, the Shiba Inu comes in Black & Tan and Red. If the player chooses "Surprise Me!" they may find:
  • an agouti (grey) Shiba Inu, with/without a dark mask
  • a white Shiba Inu

Neighbors

Nintendogs

Nintendogs + Cats

As a Trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Shiba Inu

ShibaEU/OC

ShibaInuTrophy3DS

Flag of the United States "The Shiba is one of the oldest breeds in the world. These Japanese dogs can be very loyal, and in the past their agility and active nature proved useful to their owners on hunting trips. You can look after and train one of these dogs in Golden Retriever & New Friends."

Flag of Europe "The Shiba is one of the oldest breeds in the world. These Japanese dogs can be very loyal, and in the past, their agility and active nature was useful to their owners on hunting trips. You can look after and train one of these dogs in Golden Retriever & New Friends."

Gallery

Nintendogs

Nintendogs + Cats

Trivia

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An orange Shiba Inu dog from Super Mario Odyssey.

  • An orange Shiba Inu dog very similar in shape and appearance appears in Super Mario Odyssey. The dog itself wears a hat and can dig up various items under soil or sand. Their animations are even reused from Nintendogs, even though their bark sound and model is from the sequel.
  • A Shiba Inu was one of Shigeru Miyamato's pets, which was one of the main ideas for the video game.
  • Shibas could have been in the games because they originated from Japan. This isn't always true, though.
  • The common sound effects for Shibas in Nintendogs + Cats were actually recorded by Shigeru's Shiba Inu.
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