There are 5 primary colours to the Shiba-Inu, all of which are stunning. Below is a brief description
of each colour.
Red & White/Red Sesame (Akagoma)
RED & WHITE: This can be a mahogony to a flame orange. With white cheeks, white marking on the feet going up as far as the knees, a cream or white underbelly and often on the tail. This is the most common and is realy what gives the shiba the reputation of being a fox due to the striking white contrast markings. White on the body and/or too far up the legs is highy undesirable and considered a mismark
RED: red often debated As above, except that the whole dog is red, with a little bit of white on the cheeks, and cream underneath
RED SESAME: This is the rarer of the colours, hard to describe and can be very stunning. The dog is esentially as a red or red and white. The difference is each hair on the dog is tipped with black. This gives a most amazing black finish to the dog which, when you brush the coat the wrong way shows the red beneath. Often red dogs with a "black saddle" affair are passed off as the sesame. A super example above is my own Wellshim Clever Clown of Skiandu. They still keep the white markings yet the muzzle often stays black
The following examples are not accepted as part of the breed standards,
but they are no different in personality or temperament to any other Shiba.
You can meet Tikki, our long haired Shiba, by following this link.