Shiba Inu

Raw Food for Shiba Inus: Providing Optimal Nutrition for Your Spirited Companion

Shiba Inu on the beach.

People often wonder what Shiba Inu dogs are like. These small dogs are friendly, with spirited personalities, a sprinkle of spunk, and fox like features. They're known for their quintessential curly tails, and are very smart. In addition to their unique personalities, understanding their nutritional needs can help your pup live a long and happy life.

As former hunting dogs, a Shiba Inu needs proper nutrition to help maintain their energy levels and joint health. Given that this breed is prone to hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, a raw diet like Huntaway can be a great way to support their bones, and support their overall longevity. 

Shiba Inu standing on a tree branch.

What Makes Huntaway a Great Choice?

Wholesome Ingredients

Huntaway recipes contain a biologically appropriate combination of venison, offal, and ground bone. We also include wholesome fruits and vegetables like parsley which can be helpful for Shiba Inu's that require support for dental health, and carrots that help support eye health. We also include healthy fats like vitamin E, which help support healthy skin and fur. You can read more about our ingredients.

If your Shiba Inu struggles with allergies, Huntaway may be a good option as venison is a hypoallergenic and novel protein. This means that venison is a variety of protein that has not dominated our food system for a long time (like beef, pork, chicken and turkey). Given that it is "novel" to your dog, their immune systems are less likely to react with allergy symptoms. 

Our raw venison recipe contains no grain, soy, wheat, corn, GMO’s, hormones or antibiotics.

Easy Portioning

Our Signature Wild Venison comes in 3 oz cubes, which makes portioning a breeze. We offer subscriptions on our website, which allow you to choose between 3 box sizes, delivered right to your door every 1-8 weeks.

Earth Conscious

The wild venison that we use in our raw dog food recipe is an invasive species in New Zealand.

They disrupt the local environment and farm land, and currently do not have any natural predators, resulting in the population growing rapidly. By mindfully harvesting this species, and making sure no part of the animal goes to waste, there is a reduced amount of stress on the surrounding ecosystem. You can read more about our sustainable practices

Shiba Inu sitting in a grassy field.

Switching your Shiba Inu to Huntaway

We recommend introducing this new food to your dog over the course of 4 weeks. For portioning, calculate 2-3% of your dog’s body weight, which is the general recommendation for how much to feed per day in ounces. This recommendation is just a starting point, and can be adjusted based on activity level. For puppies or lactating dogs, please consult your vet for guidance.

To serve, put portions in the refrigerator to thaw for around 12 hours. Similarly to other raw meat, handle with care, keep Huntaway separate from your other food, and make sure to wash surfaces and bowls thoroughly with soap and warm water after your dog is finished eating. Any food that is not consumed within 30 minutes should be discarded.

Shiba Inu puppy playing in the grass.

If you're thinking about introducing Huntaway to your Shiba Inu, scroll down to purchase or email us at with any questions.

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