A Nutritional Guide for your Shiba Inu’s Diet

Originally, the Shiba Inu was bred to be hunting dogs in the mountainous regions of Japan and that gives us the idea that their past diet consists of small game, wild fowls, and fish. But, currently, their hunting days are all done and the Shiba Inu has become an energetic domesticated pet. 

As pet owners, we want to feed our Shiba Inu the most nutritious food we can find. And this should contain proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, healthy fats, and minerals in appropriate amounts. 

The Shiba Inu’s Nutritional Guidelines

Generally, the Shiba Inu has a low-cost, low-maintenance diet, meaning they don’t need extra feeding besides their regular meals. 

However, keep in mind to portion food depending on your Shiba’s weight and size. 

Protein requirements

Proteins help build, strengthen, and repair the Shiba muscles and tissues. Aside from that, proteins also play a part in new cells and hair growth. 

Your Shiba’s size, weight, and current condition will affect the amount of protein a dog needs. When your Shiba is pregnant, lactating, or exercises a lot, then you should feed it lots of proteins to help build its muscles. 

However, if they are older or injured, they only require fewer proteins. 

Carbohydrate requirements

Carbohydrates break down into glucose to help the cells, brain, and nervous system function properly. Additionally, it also provides energy for the dog. 

But still, you need to be careful to not feed your Shiba with too many carbs. If broken-down glucose is too excessive, it turns into fatty acids which can lead to obesity. If you’ve been feeding your dog too many carbohydrates, make sure they are exercising more. 

Fat requirements

Similar to carbohydrates, fat provides energy in Shiba Inu’s body. They are important for the production of fatty acids in the body that have two key roles; (1) easy absorption of vitamins into the body, and (2) maintaining healthier cells. 

In addition, fatty acids are also good for the development of a healthy coat and skin. 

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals have extensive contributions to your Shiba Inu’s health. They plan a role in maintaining your dog’s bones, neuron system, and enzymes. 

These are the following minerals that your Shiba Inu needs: 

  • Iodine
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Chlorine
  • Iron

What you can and can’t give to your Shiba Inu

Most fruits and vegetables are safe for your pets. They only need to be prepared well, such as being cleaned, diced into bite-sized pieces, and having their stems and seeds removed. 

However, you must also take note of your Shiba’s food sensitivity. 

It is still recommended to give them a check-up at the vet first before feeding them any new food or diet. 

Listed below are food, generally, your Shiba can and can’t eat! 

Dairy Products 

Dairy products are a great source of fats and are a good add-on to your dog’s diet when added in moderation. 

However, if your Shiba Inu is lactose intolerant, dairy products can cause gat, bloating, or diarrhea. 

CheeseGoat’s milk
Cow’s Milk


Fruits are healthy treats for your Shiba. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a healthier alternative to dog treats. 

Keep note that fruits are high in natural sugars. And before offering some to your Shiba Inu, make sure it is prepared well and the seeds are removed. 



Meats and proteins are Shiba Inu’s prime diet. 

Dog foods usually have these covered, but some have additives that your Shiba Inu might be sensitive to. Other dogs do better on a “raw” diet but it is best to cook any meat, seasoning-free, before feeding them to your dog. 



Most vegetables are safe for your Shiba, whether raw or steamed. To be safe and to ensure it is clean and healthy, fresh and non-canned vegetables are the best approach for your Shiba’s diet. 

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