Shiba Inu are a breed of dog.
They’re from ancient Japan and are one of the few ancient dog breeds still in existence.
Inu/犬 simply means dog
It’s an easy character to remember… it looks like a guy with a dog on his shoulder. Sort of.
Shiba/柴 means ‘brushwood’
That’s a type of tree or scrub thats leaves change colour in autumn.
But in old Nagano dialect ‘shiba’ meant small. So… the meaning could be a bit of both!
Shiba Inu are also the feature of an internet meme…
Much Japan. So like. Good inu.