According to the breed standard set by the American Kennel Club, a Shiba Inu should weigh between 17 and 23 pounds. Also, the dog's height should be between 13 and 16 inches at the shoulder.
The breed standard set by the AKC states that males usually weigh more than females, with males weighing closer to 23 pounds on average and females weighing closer to 17. Males have a height to length ratio of 10 to 11, while females can be slightly longer. Males also generally are a little taller than females. Both genders are known to be good-natured and highly intelligent.