|Two Shiba Inus is the breed's most commonly seen color: red. Image is from Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons license.|
|Black and tan|
As with so many Asian breeds, Shibas have what is known as urajiro: pale points in a similar orientation to those seen in tan pointed dogs. Urajiro is not controlled by the same gene, though (which is why the breed can be black and tan with urajiro), and is either a simple recessive or a polygenic recessive. There is quite a bit of support for the polygenic theory because the intensity of the urajiro can vary so much. As with so many purebreds, Shibas have some mismarks:
- Very pale recessive red
- Piebald white
|This Shiba is a cream mismark|
Pinto markings are also found in the breed, but seem to be far less common. It is far from unusual to see a Shiba Inu with a white paw or two and/or white chest, so there are several white spotting genes seen. Dogs with a bit of white, or even those that have basically none, can quite possibly carry the piebald gene that causes pinto. So, if you breed the right two dogs together, a pinto or two will pop up.
|Another cream Shiba Inu|