Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six original and distinct spitz breeds of dog from Japan. A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting. It is similar in appearance to the Akita, though much smaller in stature. It is one of the few ancient dog breeds still in existence in the world today.
Shih Tzus are sturdy, lively, alert toy dogs. They have long flowing double coats. Shih Tzus have a variety of coat colors including black, white, gray, tan, and gold spotted to a mix of several-colored fur. The Shih Tzu's fur can be styled in a short, summertime cut or a well-groomed long fur like that used for conformation shows.