Hybrid Breed

Papillon + Shiba Inu


History and origin

The Papi-Inu, a charming mix of Papillon and Shiba Inu, is a rare hybrid breed that has a special combination of traits to offer. The Shiba Inu originated in Japan, where it was bred to hunt small game animals. The Papillon, on the other hand, originated in Europe and is especially popular because of its small size and friendly nature.

Suitability and husbandry

The Papillon-Shiba Inu mix is great for families as well as individuals. They are very loyal, intelligent and have a stable mentality. However, they do require a firm hand in training as they sometimes have a strong will of their own.

Alternate Name -
Origin France - Japan
Life expectancy 12 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character traits and nature

As the name suggests, a Papi-Inu or Papillon and Shiba Inu mix is the crossing of two very different breeds: The refinement and grace of the Papillon and the headstrong ruggedness of the Shiba Inu.

The Papi-Inu is known for its lively and carefree nature. With their willingness to learn and intelligence, they often display impressive learning abilities. Their loyalty makes them great companion dogs. Although they are generally social, they can inherit the Shiba Inu's shy nature and be initially reserved around strangers. Here are some characteristic traits of the Papi-Inu:

  • Activity: These dogs are lively and love games and activities.
  • Social Behavior: They are friendly towards other pets and children, but can be a bit reserved towards strangers at first.
  • Intelligence: Papi-Inus are very smart dogs and can learn a variety of commands and tricks.

Papi-Inus can inherit traits from both parents, so it is important to become familiar with the temperaments of the Papillon and Shiba Inu breeds. Regardless of their specific temperament, Papi-Inus need plenty of physical and mental stimulation and will benefit from patient and loving training.

Training and Care

Papi-Inus require regular training for health and well-being. Since they are intelligent, they enjoy challenges and games that stimulate their brains.

Note that each mixed breed is individual and temperaments and needs can vary greatly. It is important to treat them as individual beings and meet their specific needs.

Care and health

The coat care of the Papi-Inu is quite simple. Because of its dense, long coat, you should brush it regularly to prevent matting. Also consider that this mix may be a brachycephalic breed, which can cause respiratory problems. So regular veterinary checkups and grooming are very important.

Temperament and upbringing

The Papi-Inu is known for its lively yet controlled behavior. These dogs are intelligent and willing to learn, which makes training them comparatively easy. But beware: because of their intelligence, Papi-Inus can also be stubborn. Therefore, they should be trained with positive reinforcement and a lot of patience.

Breeding the Papi-Inu

As a mixed breed dog, the Papi-Inu is not recognized by the FCI, and there are no specific breeding standards. But if you want to purchase a Papi-Inu from a responsible breeder, make sure that he prioritizes the health of his animals and performs genetic testing on the parent breeds.

The Papi-Inu is a mix of two popular dog breeds: the Papillon and the Shiba Inu. It is a small to medium sized breed, perfect for those looking for an active and loving companion. This dog breed is relatively new and can vary in appearance and temperament. This mix can have a variety of looks, from the pointed ears of the Papillon to the thick, bushy tail of the Shiba Inu. Their appearance can vary, but all Papi-Inus are undoubtedly charming.

The coat is often a mixture of the coat colors of the Papillon and the Shiba Inus. It can be long or short, depending on which parent the pet more closely resembles, as well as smooth or wavy.

Fur length long - medium
Fur flat coated -
Ear shape Standing Ears
Tail rolled up
Anatomy slim, rugged, hefty
Size ♀ 20 - 41 cm
Weight ♀ 2 - 9 kg
Size ♂ 20 - 43 cm
Weight ♂ 2 - 11 kg
Suitable For -
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  • A Papi-Inu is a hybrid breed of the Papillon and the Shiba Inu.

  • Papi-Inus are extremely friendly and affectionate. They are very intelligent and love to be everywhere and entertain their lovers.

  • These mixed breeds usually only need regular brushing to keep their coats shiny and healthy.

  • Yes, if properly socialized and trained, Papi-Inus are not only suitable for children, but also a wonderful addition to any family member.

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