Shiba Inus / Shibes

Shiba Inus / Shibes

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Shiba Inus, commonly known online as Shibes, is a breed of dog native to Japan. Online, the breed grew in popularity thanks to the Doge meme, which features a Shiba Inu dog looking at the camera.


The Shiba Inu was originally bred in 19th century for the purposes of hunting. However, during the mid-20th century, primarily after World War II, the breed nearly went extinct, before being bred with other dogs.[4][5]

The earliest appearance of Shiba Inus online are from pet care and dog breed information websites with some of the earliest mentions dating back to the early 2000s. However, the breed grew to prominence in memes in 2010 with the emergence of Doge in 2010, which began, in part, thanks to a photograph of a Shiba Inu looking at the camera (shown below).


Following the emergence of doge, Redditor [10] jwegan launched the /r/shiba subreddit on October 24th, 2010. As of March 2019, the group has more than 50,000 subscribers.

On July 7th, 2012, the Tumblr blog Shiba Confessions[6] launched. The site featured image macros of Shiba Inu dogs with captions written in the typical interior monologue captioning fashion with the Comic Sans font (shown below). The first post submitted to the site indicated that Shiba confessions would be "a chance to put funny text in Comic Sans over unrelated pictures of Shibas."[7]

look drive WOW I drive fun drive beep beep borned n 1999 Fuk the 2000s lol 90's is where its at bitch rebolg ifu miss the amanda showw 90s kid rite here Wow movee stan such truasre we must eat the declaration of independence wow

As this style of image grew in popularity, people began referring to these dogs as "shibes," an intentionally incorrect variation on the word "shiba." Other blogs using the word "shibe" launched at this time, including the now-defunct "shibe-doge" Tumblr.[8] On November 30th, the /r/shibe subreddit launched.[9] Within seven years, the group has amassed more than 23,000 readers.

The following year, Urban Dictionary [10] user Le Eagle defined "shibe" as "an internet meme revolving around Shiba Inus. There are usually captions written in Comic Sans describing what the 'shibe' is doing." The post received more than 200 upvotes in six years (shown below).

Shibe an internet meme revolving around Shiba Inus. There are usually captions written in Comic Sans describing what the "shibe" is doing Person 1: Hey come look at this shibe meme Person 2: "Wow! Such doge!" This meme is hilarious #shiba inu #internet #meme #tumblr #reddit by Le Eagle October 07, 2013

Cool Dog

Cool Dog is the nickname given to an image of a leashed Shiba Inu leaning against what looks like a dog house. Cool Dog soon evolved into an Advice Dog spinoff before being photoshopped into various "cool" scenes.

Cool dog being all cool


Doge is a slang term for dogs associated with pictures of Shiba Inus. The most famous image associated with this term is of Kabosu, an adopted dog owned by Japanese kindergarten teacher Atsuko Sato who posted several photos of Kabosu to her personal blog on February 23rd, 2010.[1]

What in Tarnation

What in Tarnation is a rhetorical question meaning "what in damnation?" often used by Americans living in the Southern United States to express bewilderment. Online, the phrase is widely associated with a photograph of a Shiba Inu wearing a cowboy hat which was first posted to Tumblr by user banjirou on January 8th, 2017.[2]

what in tarnation

Do You Like Your New Toy ?

Do You Like Your New Toy ? is a video remix series featuring a short clip of a Shiba Inu howling after being asked if he liked his new toy. The video was first posted by Twitter user @Amanda_d1234 on April 23, 2018.[3]

Various Examples

clap Wow my fellow shibe wow i did not have sexual relations with that corgi such speech so address conflict resolushon wow T OF TH good night and dag bless u WO 18 charisma instagram:aleito

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External References

[1] Exblog – Kabosu112

[2] Tumblr (via Wayback Machine) – godyatta's reblog of banjirou

[3] Twitter – β€œSo what is it like to own a Shiba?”

[4] Wikipedia – Shiba Inu

[5] NCIB – Rethinking dog domestication by integrating genetics, archeology, and biogeography

[6] Tumblr – Shiba Confessions

[7] Tumblr – Shiba Confessions

[8] Archive – Shibe-Doge

[9] Reddit – /r/shibe

[10] Reddit – /r/shiba

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