Shibas for the show ring come in 3 distinct colors. Other variations happen.


The red color is defined as bright orange-red with urajiro. Urajiro is the Japanese term for the white markings on the sides of the muzzle, on the cheeks, inside the ears, on the underjaw and upper throat, inside of legs, on the abdomen, around the vent and the ventral side of the tail.

Black & Tan

Black with tan points and urajiro. Black hairs have a brownish cast, not blue. The undercoat is buff or gray. The borderline between black and tan areas is clearly defined. Tan points are located as follows: two oval spots over the eyes, on the sides of the muzzle between the 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.



Black-tipped hairs on a rich red background with urajiro. Tipping is light 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 markings 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.


Creams in the AKC show ring are a serious fault. We do not show them although they happen with most breeders and we place them in homes on Spay/Nueter contracts.