My name is Kiko!

Shiba Inu Dog for adoption in Los Alamitos, California - Kiko
Photo 1 - Shiba Inu Dog for adoption in Los Alamitos, California - Kiko
Photo 2 - Shiba Inu Dog for adoption in Los Alamitos, California - Kiko
Photo 3 - Shiba Inu Dog for adoption in Los Alamitos, California - Kiko
Photo 4 - Shiba Inu Dog for adoption in Los Alamitos, California - Kiko
Add me to your favorites

I'm being cared for by:
Saving Shibas - CA Chapter

Facts about Kiko

  • Breed: Shiba Inu
  • Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut - With Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10569594
Please contact Masako ( for more information about this pet.Send us an application for this pretty girl!

I am Kiko, a female, red, spayed purebred Shiba Inu. I'm 6 years old and weigh about 19 lbs. I'm a beautiful Shiba girl - a very typical Shiba, and would do best in a home without other dogs and without young children. While I've lived with other dogs, I get bossy when it comes to food or treats. I get upset and excited around cats and squirrels and become vocal. I like to bark, pull on my leash and just go crazy when I see them. I'm easily excited when this happens and I get grumpy when people tell me not to get excited. Because of this reactivity, they say I need a very experienced home to sometimes manage my outbursts. The rescue has been working with me for reactivity and has recently started me on a new medication to mellow me out. They also have been working with a behavior modification trainer for tips on how to manage me. (For more info on reactive dogs, check this link -

I also suffer from seasonal allergies and eat a no grain, no poultry diet. I'm currently eating Evangers White Fish and Venison, but have also eaten Canidae Pure Ocean and Orijen regional red with no issues. From time to time, I might need medications to keep my skin condition controlled. I was rehomed mainly due to the allergies, but also because I have bitten my owners when they try to handle me when I'm very excited. My foster homes have used muzzles on me but no longer need to for daily interactions. When I visit the groomers and vet's offices, I am muzzled for everyone else's safety. They have been correcting me when I snap due to excitement, and working on me so that I'm not so easily excited, but please know that I've been this way for all 6 years of my life, so it's going to be awhile before I don't care about squirrels and cats! We hope that with the new medications, I will be easier to manage and that with behavior modification training, I'll be a brand new dog.

When I'm not excited about squirrels, cats, and birds, I enjoy being pet by my family and being nearby and given a lot of attention. What Shiba isn't a Diva?! I'm not very good about being handled by strangers, not very good around other dogs and can be terrible at groomers and vet offices.Applicants should have some familiarity with this breed and be committed to working with her by doing some obedience and behavior modification training. (Adopters will be requested to continue dog training with Crossroads Pet in Stanton, CA - the training has already been prepaid but adopter will be required to continue working with me. They will also be required to continue utilizing the medications if they are helping me be calmer and better behaved.)

The rescue will require that I remain on a special diet and request applicants to adhere to that requirement so that I can remain healthy and happy. (Besides, the food tastes pretty good and I love it!) I may also require medications when my allergies flare-up, but currently I haven't been on medications for over four months now.

Applicants should have a fenced in yard and walk me daily (I love walks!), or walk me 3-4 times in an apartment. I'm an active gal who loves runs and hikes too!

The Shiba-Inu is a primitive breed, and a living national monument in their native Japan. They are not very affectionate dogs, but are extremely loyal to their family/owner. Similar to the Japanese Akita because of their appearance and fierce loyalty, Shiba-Inus are a great breed to adopt because they are small-sized dogs that are smart and loyal. They are also known to be escape artists and door-bolters. Adopters who have previously owned or are accustomed to this breed will be considered.

If interested in adopting and committed to working on some of Kiko's bad habits, please complete an application. Behavior modification training in Stanton, CA is required. Medications for allergies as well as her behavior modification will also be required. Applications:

Adoption Fee $250.00

About Saving Shibas - CA Chapter

About Our Rescue Group...

Saving Shibas Inc., a California corporation, is a small canine rescue specializing in the Shiba Inu breed. Our dogs are rescued from shelters, neglect, abandonment, and homes in distress. We ensure that each dog that is rescued is neutered/ spayed, fully vaccinated, micro-chipped and evaluated. The dogs are placed in our volunteer’s homes, where they are cared for in a home environment, integrated with families and other pets (as applicable). The dog’s health, temperament, behaviors are all evaluated and documented during a period of approximately 10-16 weeks. In some cases, the Shiba Inu may be put on a training program with an IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) accredited dog trainer for behavior modification. Only after the dog is properly evaluated, and all medical needs are addressed will the dog be placed in the appropriately fitting home for both the dog and the adoptive family.

All of our dogs are adopted out with an "ok" from our vet stating that they are healthy and have no illnesses.  They go to their homes with bedding, a 5lb bag of food, toys, all of their vaccines and spay/ neuter already performed.  They are also microchipped.  Forever homes will need to register the microchip and get their new pet licensed in your county.

The adoption donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law since we are a registered 501c3 charity.  Please complete an application at:

Our Adoption Process...

We have a written questionnaire, conduct interviews, and complete home checks prior to adoption. For an adoption application, please click on the link:

Depending on the medical needs of the pet, fees may range between $150-$400.