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2. Small yet active

Part of what makes Shiba Inus is their small size. These little dogs are the smallest native Japanese breed, standing only 13 to 17 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing less than 25 pounds. Despite their small size, however, Shiba Inus are hardy and active companions who can keep up with activities such as hiking and cycling. They were originally used to hunt birds and small game, and they still maintain that high energy level.

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