JAPAN / SIZE [36-40cm] / WEIGHT [9-14kg]Origins: The name Shiba derives from mountainous region of Chiba located in the middle of Honshu island, but according to another version, the meaning comes from the Naguro dialectal word “shiba”, signifying small size.
The myth: there was a time that emperor Yuryaku (457 – 479 A.D.) during a voyage has seen a palace just identic as his, and there, he gave the order to his soldiers to destroy it. The grand owner then gave him as a present, a little Akita, a way to save his home. There are sayings that it might have been an Akita or Shiba, but this still stays a mystery… From then on Shibas and Akitas became in all effect members of the royal court with its own special vocabulary to communicate with them. The Japanese government states Shibas as a “national monument” in 1936.