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100+ Shiba Inu Dog Names: Fun, Meaningful & Japanese Ideas

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The Shiba Inu is one of the oldest Japanese breeds native to the island. They’re highly suspicious of strangers and highly affectionate with family members, and the Shiba Inu is one of a kind dog breed.

Because of their strong-headed and independent natures, naming a Shiba Inu can be a little bit tricky but also extremely fun. You may want something that pays tribute to their heritage with a Japanese name or a cute name for a male or female Shiba Inu. Whatever you decide, we have you covered.

Below is a collection of our favorite Shiba Inu dog names, and we hope you find the perfect one for your gorgeous pup.

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Female Shiba Inu Dog Names

  • Ruby
  • Juliet
  • Ellie
  • Scarlett
  • Katie
  • Stella
  • Rosie
  • Violet
  • Pixie
  • Katana
  • Sushi
  • Penny
  • Cleopatra
  • Sunny
  • Vicky
  • Queenie
  • Maya
  • Lady
  • Sheba
  • Jinx
  • Zoe
  • Charlotte
  • Sora
  • Arya
  • Pepper
Shiba Inu
Image credit: uadrienn, Pixabay

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Male Shiba Inu Dog Names

  • Ezra
  • Desi
  • Apollo
  • Harley
  • Milo
  • Red
  • Chico
  • Bear
  • Koda
  • Kuma
  • Shorty
  • Leo
  • Rocky
  • Cupid
  • Hunter
  • Jax
  • Mika
  • Gus
  • Benji
  • Junior
  • Jack
  • Kai
  • Dash
  • Kobe
  • Louis
  • Kato
  • Barkley
  • Bentley
  • Dakota
shiba inu in the brush
Image Credit: Grisha Bruev, Shutterstock

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Cute Shiba Inu Dog Names

Your Shiba Inu will be cute whether you like it or not! Why not add to the cuteness and give him a cute name? Below are our favorite cute names for Shiba Inus.

  • Rascal
  • Foxy
  • Pip
  • Gizmo
  • Bella
  • Poppy
  • Petunia
  • Ichi
  • Cutie
  • Momo
  • Bunny
  • Cupcake
  • Stark
  • Munchkin
  • Charlie
shiba inu outside japan
Image Credit: Marcel Heidemann, Pixabay

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Japanese Shiba Inu Dog Names

Since the breed hails from The Land of the Rising Sun, a Japanese dog name just makes sense. Below are our favorite Japanese names for Shiba Inus with their English meanings beside them.

  • Hoshi (Star)
  • Jiro (Second son)
  • Kichiro (Lucky son)
  • Kamiko (Superior child)
  • Yuki (Happiness, snow)
  • Yuri (Lily)
  • Masaki (Great timber tree)
  • Kouta (Great peace)
  • Chika (Scatter flowers)
  • Shinju (Pearl)
  • Ichiro (First son)
  • Hideko (Child of excellence)
  • Haruki (Shining sun)
  • Satoko (Wise child)
  • Hiroshi (Generous)
  • Hiromi (Generous beauty)
  • Shinobu (Endurance)
  • Takara (Treasure)
  • Akemi (Bright, beautiful)
  • Maki (True hope)
  • Akira (Bright/clear)
  • Keiko (Blessed/respected child)
  • Yukari (Beautiful pear tree)
  • Taiki (Great radiance, shine)
  • Sakura (Cherry blossom)
  • Yamato (Great harmony)
  • Kenichi (Strong, healthy first son)
  • Hinata (Sunflower)
  • Hotaru (Firefly)
  • Mai (Dance)
  • Sora (Sky)
  • Kimi (Noble)
  • Yoshi (Lucky/righteous)
  • Mio (Beautiful cherry blossom)
  • Sora (Sky)

hepper-dog-paw-divider 5Finding the Right Name for Your Shiba Inu Dog

The Shiba Inu is an amazing dog breed that deserves an equally amazing name. Hopefully, you’ve been able to create a shortlist after reading our top Shiba Inu names, or maybe you’ve even selected “the one.” Before you make the final decision on your Shiba Inu dog name, make sure to repeat it out loud, over and over again.

If you get tired of it quickly, it’s not the right one. Make sure that the name rolls off your tongue easily so that it doesn’t give you any trouble when you want to call your dog to you quickly. Ultimately, trust your instinct, and you’ll find the ideal title for the latest addition to your family

If you are still a bit overwhelmed with choices, that’s okay. It just means the right name hasn’t come along yet. So, we recommend taking a peek at one of our other extensive dog name lists below:

Featured Image Credit: Shiba Inu, Piqsels

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