Shiba’s come in a variety of coats and colors. The most prominent is the Red coat. It looks like a darker tan that blends into lighter tan and eventually white on the chest and belly. The most prominent locations of white fur on the Red Shiba Inu is the throat, upper chest, chest, and belly.
Shiba Inus also can have a white or “cream” coat. The traditional term for this is “Urajiro”. It is considered a fault to the American Kennel Club and should never be bred for show dogs. Inversely, it is a completely acceptable coat for the British Kennel Club. For a true “Urajiro” coat, white fur must be on all parts of the dog, including the tail, throat, cheeks, and even inside the ears.
Black coats or black and tan or tricolor coats give the dog a mask like appearance. With black fur tracing down the snout, around the eyes, and behind the ears, with white or tan fur around the mouth. Sometimes the Black and tan coat can fade as the Shibu grows, giving it the Sesame coat.
The sesame coat is a blend of the red and black and tan coat. Sometimes it can come from a fading of the black fur into a reddish fur. Sesame coats have fur that are red with black tips. Tricolor and sesame Shibas often have white triangular markings on both sides of their upper chest.
The Shibu Inu has one of the fluffiest most beautiful coats around on a dog. However, if you haven’t already, you will soon encounter the infamous Shibu Inu shedding. Shiba Inus shed about twice a year through something called a coat blow out. The Shiba Inu coat blow out is quite a sight to see. For days your shiba will shed, shed, shed, and can last up to two weeks or even more. It will appear as if chunks of fur will just fall off your dog, don’t worry its not dog mange. Blowing a coat in a Shiba Inu means that when it starts to get warm or if it’s hot, your shiba will shed most of its coat. Then the coat will slowing grow back to its soft red coat, tricolor coat, or white coat.
Some tips on dealing with the coat blowing of a Shiba Inu. BRUSH. The more you brush its coat, the faster it will come out. Warm baths and dog shampoo will also help speed the process of a coat blow out. Oatmeal dog shampoo works great for promoting new hair growth on your Shiba Inu’s outer coat and undercoat. Constant vacuuming or an automatic vacuum like the roomba works wonders in keeping the evil shiba inu shedding at bay.
No matter what, never shave, buzz, or clip your shiba inu’s coat. Shibas need their coats for winter AND summer. To keep warm during the colder times of the year, and also to protect their skin from the UV rays of sunny days in the summer.