Shiba Inu is the smallest of the six native breeds of Japan. The Shiba was developed to hunt boars, rabbits, and grouse in dense undergrowth, where they needed strength, agility, and a coarse, thick coat, as well as courage and endurance. Despite their hunting skills, Shibas have become one of the healthiest breeds and are primarily adopted as companions.
Stander colours of Shiba Inu include Red, Sesame, Black and Tan. White Shiba does not qualify for the show to control the over-breeding of white Shiba. Japanese culture believes white creatures are born with blessings, thus leading to overbreeding of white dogs historically. The red Shiba's genes and temperament are the most stable. Black Shiba are relatively rare than red ones, and it is a challenge to breed a standardized and elegant black and tan coat. The sesame coat is one of the rarest coat colours in the Shiba breed. Their atavism genes contribute to their coyote-like appearance.
A sustainable breeding protocol involves efforts from both ethical breeders, practicing veterinarians, and responsible organizations. Our breeding programs take into consideration the age, health, COI, and desired appearance of each dog. Working together with vets and our colleagues in kennel practices, we draw our protocol from scientific principles and practical experiences. Breeding practices at Cumulus Shiba imply pre-breeding genetic tests to verify the Canine Genetic Diversity, GM1 Gangliosidosis, and Hyperuricosuria (HUU). All lab test reports are claimed from The University of California Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. Collaborate with veterinarians, all our Shiba aged 18 months or older are OFA certificated. We also embrace the appearance stander list by Nihon Ken Hozonkai > and CKC > to breed elegant Shiba in the show rings.
Long-hair Shibas are cute, but often carry genetic issues. A responsible kennel will NEVER sell any long-hair Shibas.
Neither CKC/FCI nor Nihon Ken Hozonkai issue pedigrees state "Mameshiba" for Mameshiba, Koshiba, and dogs with similar names.
There is the myth that white Shiba is unhealthy.