Kiba Inuzuka is a loud and head-strong Chunin member of Kurenai Yuhi's Team 8. He's from Konohagakure's Inuzuka family, known for their use of Nin-dogs in battle, and has an almost symbiotic relation with his nin-dog Akamaru – they are even able to communicate with each other, allowing Kiba to gain information from Akamaru's heightened senses of smell and hearing. The two also perform many jutsu together, such as Beast Human Clone so that they both look like a beastlike Kiba. Afterward they can use Double Piercing Fang to spin towards the opponent at high speed, causing great damage on impact. By gathering chakra to his nose, Kiba can also increase his own sense of smell a thousand-fold.
Kiba and his team members, Hinata Hyuga and Shino Aburame, are highly specialized in tracking and survival; Kiba's and Akamaru's heightened senses, combined with Hinata's Byakugan and Shino's Destruction Bug Host Technique, make their team exceptional at this. Compared to Team 7, Team 8 appears to be on very good terms with one another, although Kiba proclaims his dislike for Shino's bossy attitude during the second part of the Chunin exam and Shino seems to think Kiba should be more serious and less goofy. The three spend time together as they pursue their hobbies (Kiba training Akamaru, Hinata picking flowers, and Shino collecting bugs).
The name Inuzuka, meaning house of dogs, belongs to a clan that was one of the most powerful in the Chiba prefecture in Japan during the Edo period. They were known as dog warriors and worshipped Inu (meaning dog), a deity representing the zodiac sign of the dog. The name Inuzuka also originates from Hakkenden, a novel about a dog samurai. Kiba literally means fang.