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When Do Shiba Inus Stop Growing? All You Need To Know

Last updated on March 20th, 2023 at 03:57 pm

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Shiba Inus Full Growth Guide

Shiba Inus are compact and muscular dogs with fox-like faces and tails that curl over their backs like lion manes. They’re small but mighty, weighing only 25 to 35 pounds on average. As adult Shiba Inus are so compact and muscular, it’s hard to believe they’ll ever stop growing. But just how big do Shiba Inus get? Do Shiba Inus top out at a certain height or weight? When does the growth spurt end for a Shiba Inu?

Let’s explore the final reach of this spunky dog breed! 

What Size Do Shiba Inus Grow To Be? 

So when it comes to size it depends on whether it’s a male or female Shiba Inu. Males tend to grow taller than females. When it comes to size (height). Their size mainly depends on their parents and genetics. If they have tall parents they’ll most likely be also rather tall. 

Male Shiba Inus

Males tend to grow to 35-43cm. Which is around 11-17 inches tall.

Female Shiba Inus

Females tend to grow to 33-41cm. Which is shorter than males. It’s around 13-16 inches.

There’s so much variation in Shiba Inus that it’s hard to say for sure what the average size is for a particular dog. Because of this, we’ve also broken down the average weight and height of each breed. This information will be very helpful in answering your questions about the growth rate of this adorable breed. 

How Heavy Can Shiba Inus Get? 

Shiba Inus are an average-sized breed that weigh 10 to 20 percent more than their size indicates. This is because their bones are so dense and strong. These dogs can easily top 20 pounds if they’re fed high-quality food. Just keep in mind that a variety of factors affect healthy weight, including age, activity level, and environment. If your Shiba Inu is eating more than he should, he may just be trying to put on a few extra pounds for her own good. 

Male Shiba Inus

Male Shiba Inus can grow in weight to be 10kg or more on average. 

Female Shiba Inus

Female Shiba Inus can grow in weight to be 8kg on average.

shiba inu weight height

When Do Shiba Inus Stop Growing? 

ou can expect most Shiba Inus to max out at a height of 35 to 41 centimeters (14 to 16 inches) and a weight of 10 to 20 percent more than their weight indicates. At one year old, most Shiba Inus are fully developed and won’t grow any bigger. 

Shiba Inu’s height and weight mainly depend on their genetics. However, other factors also come into play such as food, environment, and health.

What Effects A Shiba Inu’s Growth? 

It’s important to note that Shiba Inu’s growth can be affected by a variety of factors, including genetics, diet, and the environment.


Genetics play a big role in nearly every living thing. This goes for Shiba Inu’s growth as well. If he/she has tall parents then most likely he’ll be tall as well. The same goes for shorter. Genetics isn’t something we can unfortunately change. 


There are a few specific ingredients in dog food that affect the growth of puppies. Nutritionists recommend feeding dogs a diet that’s high in protein and low in sugar. Feeding your Shiba Inu a diet that’s high in sugar can have a negative effect on their growth. This is because sugar is stored as fat in dogs, and too much sugar can cause your Shiba Inu to become overweight.

Feed your Shiba Inu high-quality foods and a proper diet. This will help him in achieving his maximum growth potential.  


Health is as important for dogs as it is to us. A healthy dog will be able to get its full capabilities in terms of height and weight. Daily walking, playing and exercising is important. So make sure they get enough exercise.

Things to Know About Shiba Inu Growth 

Here are some interesting facts about Shiba Inus that are important in their growth life. 

  • The Shiba Inu breed is still developing most of the time and will continue to do so until about the age of two years old.
  • A Shiba Inu’s head is larger than their body and a lot of their growth happens there, so it’s a good idea to give them lots of room when they’re young.
  • Because Shiba Inus are still developing most of the time, they may get shorter or fatter as they get older.
  • Shiba Inus are expected to live for about 10 to 12 years.
  • Shiba Inus are small, but they’re still very sturdy. You can easily pick them up, carry them around, or play with them at any age.
  • Shiba Inus can get some health issues, but they’re much more likely to suffer from something like a broken leg or a ruptured blood vessel than they are to have major health problems like cancer or heart disease.
  • Shiba Inus are very loyal to their owners and will do everything they can to protect them.
  • Shibas are sensitive to loud noises, so it’s important to be careful when you’re walking them near busy roads or in areas with a lot of traffic.
  • Shiba Inus are great around small children, but they can be a little too protective at times. It’s important to remember to be the leader when you have kids in the house.
  • Shiba Inus are very good at finding things and will make great hunting or agility dogs.
  • Shiba Inus are very playful dogs that love to play with toys and other dogs. They can be a little too rough for children under 5 years old. 

When Are Shibas Fully Developed? 

We know that Shiba Inus can take six months to a year to reach maturity and full height, but what about the rest of their development? Growth and maturity are different. When do they hit full maturity?

It’s estimated that at age 1.5 Shiba Inus will be fully matured. So they will be at a point where they can be considered as adults.


Shiba Inus are compact and muscular dogs with fox-like faces and tails that curl over their backs like lion manes. They’re small but mighty, weighing only 15 to 20 pounds on average. As adult Shiba Inus are so compact and muscular, it’s hard to believe that they’ll ever stop growing. But just how big do Shiba Inus get? You’ll have to finish reading the article above to find out.

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