A dog of a small breed developed in Japan, having erect ears, a curled tail carried over the back, and a thick coat of various colors, including red or black and tan.
Origin of shiba-inu
- Japanese of dialectal (inland central Honshu) origin shiba of unknown origin inu dog
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Japanese 柴犬 (shibainu). inu means dog.