What kind of dog is Doge?

This post will talk about Doge’s breed. Doge is an internet meme female dog. In this post, we will present a brief description of the meme Doge, we will discover the breed of this famous dog and finally the physical and behavioral characteristics of her breed.

What kind of dog is Doge?

Doge is a Japanese Shiba Inu dog. Doge’s picture became so famous in a meme that it was even considered a “top meme” on the “Know Your Meme” page in 2013. 

Who is Doge?

Doge is an internet female dog that became popular in 2013 as a meme. In the meme, the image of Doge is always accompanied by a multicolored text in Comic Sans font.

About the Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is a breed originated in Japanese mountains where these dogs were used as hunting for birds and small animals. The word “Shiba” originally referred to something “small”, a “small dog”. The physical and behavioral characteristics will be described below.

Physical characterizes

Small dog, well boned and developed muscles. They have a wide skull with a moderately thick and tapered muzzle. The ears are small and triangular, with a forward slope. The eyes are relatively small and dark brown in color.

The coat is rough and straight while the undercoat is soft and dense, the tail coat is longer and raised. The color varies between red, black and tan, sesame, black sesame and red sesame.


The Shiba Inu is an alert dog, very reserved with strangers, but his breed has a loyal temperament and is very affectionate with his tutor and family.

Health care

Shiba Inu are healthy dogs. However, some dogs of this breed are predisposed to have some disease like: 

  • Eye diseases such as glaucoma; 
  • Patellar deviation;
  • Hip dysplasia.

Glaucoma affects the dogs eyes, it is a disease in which there is an increase in intraocular pressure due to the accumulation of vitrious humor, a liquid constantly produced in the eye. This higher pressure can lead to damage to some nerves which can lead to blindness.

Patellar deviation is a disease where the animal may limp and feel local pain, as the patella leaves the anatomical place, which may lead to other complications. The treatment for this pathology is surgical.

Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease caused by the malformation of the joints that can lead to pain, lameness and difficulties in the dog’s locomotion. It is important that animals with this pathology do not stay on slippery floors.

Even though they are healthy dogs, it is important that regular visits to the veterinarian are made. For general check ups, vaccination and deworming. Thus preventing the sweetening of the animal.

Breed care

Daily care is important to prevent the dog from getting sick. Below we will talk about some care with the Shiba Inu dog as:

  • Food care;
  • Bath care;
  • Ear care;
  • Fur care;
  • Nail care;
  • Teeth care.

Food care

Shiba Inu needs good nutrition and a well-balanced diet. Dogs of this breed can have a natural diet balanced by a veterinary nutritionist, or they can eat industrial foods.

These dogs must eat the appropriate amount of food for their weight and age. For industrialized foods, the use of specific foods for the Shiba Inu breed is indicated.

Bath care

This breed does not need to be bathed very often. Bathing should be done very carefully, especially to avoid getting water into the ear. Due to the dense coat, dogs should always be left very dry after bathing to avoid the growth of microorganisms that can lead to dermatitis.

Ear care

This breed has erect ears which can predispose to ear infections. Ear cleaning should be done with specific products for dogs every week. This way it is possible to avoid serious problems such as otitis.

Fur care

Shiba Inu dogs have dense coats, and tend to shed sporadically. These are dogs that should be brushed two to three times a week to prevent dead fur from accumulating around the house.

Nail care

As for nail clipping, it is recommended to cut the dog’s nail once or twice a month. Clipping the nails prevents the animal from getting hurt or even hurting the tutor.

Teeth care

Dogs of this breed should brush their teeth every 48 hours with a dog-specific toothpaste. Constant brushing of your dog’s teeth helps prevent tartar buildup and the resulting problems.


In this blog post we were able to find out more about the Shiba Inu breed. Themes such as the physical characteristics of Shiba Inu breed, in addition to its loyal temperament which makes it an excellent companion dog. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): What kind of dog is Doge?


Is Shiba Inu aggressive? 

They can be aggressive with strangers. But overall, they tend to be calm and loyal to their owners. Much of their behavior is linked to tutor training.

How big is a Shiba Inu breed?

Male Shibas reach a size of 39.5 cm and females 36.5 cm at the withers.


CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2019 Official Breed Standard: Shiba Inu. Available in: https://cbkc.org/application/views/docs/padroes/padrao-raca_121.pdf. Accessed 14th Jan 2022.

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