Shiba Inu Breed Magazine - Showsight

Official Standard for the SHIBA IN U CONTINUED

black bridge of the muzzle and the white cheeks; on the outside of the forelegs from the carpus, or a little above, downward to the toes; on the outside of the hind legs down the front of the stifle broadening from hock joint to toes, but not completely eliminating black from rear of pasterns. Black penciling on toes permitted. Tan hairs may also be found on the inside of the ear and on the underside of the tail. Sesame (black-tipped hairs on a rich red background) with urajiro. Tipping is light

are moderate and efficient. In the show ring, the Shiba is gaited on a loose lead at a brisk trot. Temperament: A spirited boldness, a good nature, and an unaffected forthright- ness, which together yield dignity and nat- ural beauty. The Shiba has an independent nature and can be reserved toward strangers but is loyal and affectionate to those who earn his respect. At times aggressive toward other dogs, the Shiba is

always under the control of his handler. Any aggression toward handler or judge or any overt shyness must be severely penalized. Summary: The foregoing is a description of the ideal Shiba. Any deviation from the above standard is to be con- sidered a fault and must be penalized. The severity of the fault is equal to the extent of the deviation. A harmonious balance of form, color, movement, and temperament is more critical than any one feature. Disqualifications: Males over 16 ½ and under 14 ½ inches. Females over 15 ½ and under 13 ½ inches. Overshot or undershot bite.

and even on the body and head with no concentration of black in any area. Sesame areas appear at least one-half red. Sesame may end in a widow's peak on the forehead, leaving the bridge and sides of the muzzle red. Eye spots and lower legs are also red. Clearly delineated white mark- ings are permitted but not required on the tip of the tail and in the form of socks on the forelegs to the elbow joint, hind legs to the knee joint. A patch of blaze is permitted on the throat, forechest, or chest in addition to urajiro. Serious fault - Cream, white, pinto, or any other color or marking not specified is a very serious fault and must be penalized. Gait: Movement is nimble, light, and elastic. At the trot, the legs angle in towards a center line while the topline remains level and firm. forward reach and rear extension

Approved February 7, 1997 Effective March 31, 1997

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