I came across this blog entry containing a photo of Japanese wild boar hunters and their dogs. Two of the dogs look like Shibas. It’s interesting to note that they are still used for hunting, especially wild boar, which is a tough opponent even for larger hunting dogs like Catahoulas and the American hounds.
Yes shibas are used for wild boar hunting sometimes today. But mostly by surrounding and barking at their game making hunters job easy..