What Is a Cream Shiba Inu?


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The Shiba Inu is a native Japanese dog breed that was developed for hunting in the overgrown mountainous areas of Japan. A cream Shiba Inu is a Shiba Inu with a white-colored coat. In fact, these cream-colored dogs never grow a black hair or whisker throughout their entire life.

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There are three AKC (American Kennel Club) acceptable primary colors for the Shiba Inu's coat: red, black and tan, and sesame. Cream color is allowed on portions of the face, throat, tail and chest, but the AKC considers a Shiba Inu that is all white to have a "serious fault."

Shiba Inus are muscular and compact dogs. Male Shiba Inus have an average weight of 23 pounds and an average female weighs 17 pounds. Their temperament is spirited, good-natured and forthright. These dogs are naturally independent but can be shy around new people and aggressive toward other dogs.

Shiba Inus are generally healthy dogs and do not require a special diet; however, their diet should only consist of high-quality dog food. There are only a few common hereditary defects that appear in these dogs.

The National Shiba Club of America has compiled a directory of reputable breeders in the United States for those looking to purchase a Shiba Inu.

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