Facts & Origin
Shiba Lab: A dynamic mix of Shiba Inu and Labrador Retriever.
The Shiba Lab is a unique and exciting cross between the energetic and intelligent Shiba Inu and the good-natured and adaptable Labrador Retriever. This breed is known for being friendly, active and incredibly loyal, making it an excellent companion for active families.
|Origin||UK - Japan|
|Life expectancy||10 - 15 years|
|FCI group||not recognised|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
Possible character traits of the Shiba Lab
Shiba Labs are known for their friendliness, intelligence and energy. They are quick to learn and respond well to positive reinforcement and consistent training. With their friendly and adaptable nature, they make great family dogs and can also get along well with children and other pets.
These dogs are loyal and affectionate, forming strong bonds with their families and appreciating the time they get to spend with their people. Their active and fun-loving nature makes them ideal companions for outdoor adventures and active play.
Genetically predisposed diseases
Although mixed breed dogs are often healthier than purebred dogs, it is important to be aware and watch for genetic diseases that are common in the parent breeds. Likewise, the appearance and characteristics of each mixed breed dog are unique and can vary greatly. Some of the most common health concerns in Shiba Labs include:
Hip and elbow dysplasia: This condition is common in Labradors and can also occur in Shiba Labs. It occurs when the hip or elbow joint is malformed, which can lead to arthritis or lameness.
Eye problems: both Shiba Inus and Labradors can be prone to eye diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy and cataracts.
Hypothyroidism: this hormonal condition, which can lead to weight gain and coat problems, is common in Labradors.
Care of the Shiba Lab
Coat Care: Depending on the length and density of their coat, Shiba Labs require regular brushing to remove dead hair and keep the coat clean and healthy.
Exercise: Shiba Labs are active dogs that need daily exercise. Long walks, outdoor play or agility training can help them stay physically and mentally fit.
Nutrition: A balanced, nutrient-rich diet, matched to age, weight and activity level, is essential for the Shiba Lab's health.
What does this mixed breed look like?
Shiba Labs are medium-sized dogs that grow between 40 and 60 cm tall and weigh 18 to 36 kg. Their build is robust and strong, a combination of the compact stature of the Shiba Inu and the athletic shape of the Labrador. Their coats can be short to medium length and come in a range of colors such as black, brown, cream or even red, depending on dominant genetic traits.
Hip dysplasia (HD)
Hip dysplasia (HD) is a genetic condition in dogs where the hip joint is not shaped properly. This leads to pain, stiffness and restricted movement.
Elbow dysplasia (ED)
Elbow joint dysplasia is a chronic disease complex of the elbow joint of fast growing dog breeds.
Often occur with allergies and intolerances.
Often, unfortunately, the dogs very much under excess weight. But the dogs themselves are never to blame!
In some breeds, joint damage can occur later in life, affecting the musculoskeletal system.
This mixed breed reaches an average height of 30 to 48 cm and weighs between 12 and 32 kg.
Most mixed breeds have a short, close-fitting coat with a slight sheen, sometimes with a stronger sheen on the head and tail areas.
The average life expectancy is between 10 and 16 years.
They are intelligent, highly trainable, loyal, social, alert and active dogs.
Yes, so it is very important to choose a high quality food specially formulated for this breed.