100+ Shiba Inu Dog Names: Ideas for Independent & Adorable Dogs

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

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

Below is a collection of our favorite names for Shiba Inu’s. We hope that you find the perfect one you’ve been waiting for, just like your new little 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: Shiba Inu by uadrienn, Pixabay

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

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Cute Shiba Inu Dog Names

Your Shiba Inu is going to 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 and adorable names for Shiba Inus.

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

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)

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The Shiba Inu is an amazing dog breed that deserves a name that’s equally amazing. 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 do make the final decision, make sure to repeat the name you select 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 fairly easily so that it doesn’t give you any trouble when you want to call your dog to you quickly. And ultimately, trust your instinct on it, just like you did when you selected the latest addition to your family. You won’t be able to go wrong if you do it that way.

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