This internet famous breed is known for its bold, spirited personality, and its stuffed animal-like looks! With its pointy ears and curly tail, the Shiba Inu is the smallest of six spitz breeds originating from Japan. Shiba Inus are highly intelligent, and their strong-willed independence makes them a breed for experienced dog owners, not beginners. While this breed is small, around 20 to 25 pounds, their fiery and feisty personality gives them a big dog attitude, and they approach the world with dignity and an unmatched energy. Early socialization and exposure to the world is absolutely necessary for this breed, and consistent mental and physical exercise are vital to keep this pup’s brain stimulated. These independent pups are exceptionally healthy, and their endearing and loyal attitude will keep you entertained for years to come!