What is the life expectancy of a Shiba Inu?

Erica: What is the average life expectancy of a Shiba Inu?
I got my Shiba when she was 8, and she is the best dog I have ever had. I just was wondering how long they usually live. She lived most of her life as a breeder dog, does that effect anything?

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Answer by Papanda1995
12-15 years, but they can live longer

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  1. x-Jazzy-x says

    About 12-15 years on average, but what the heck does a "most her life as a breeder dog" mean!? Judging by the age you got her at it sounds like she was given up after she couldn't reproduce anymore instead of the breeder just retiring her and giving her the best life possible. That's pretty common after the "shiba craze" So she belonged to some byb who used her to pump out as many puppies as possible? Yeah that shortens their life A LOT! Even just own litter does that, it's a huge strain on their body each time, but multiple is even worse. Knowing how many litters she produced can help you, any more than three and she's really messed up. "most of her life" and the age you got her at says up to 6 times which if true is a terrible thing…
    Any breeder that gets rid of his dog after it gets too old to breed is no good at all and that tells you the enviroment they came from.

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