Koi the Shiba-Inu Visited us in Sacramento

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Here at our Sacramento clinic in the Arden area we have a spectacular example of a classy looking Shiba-Inu named Koi. That unmistakeable fox-like face is found on only this one breed. The Shiba Inu is an ancient Asian Spitz-type dating to the 3’rd century but the blood lines which lead to today’s dogs come from only 3 areas of Japan. ‘Inu’ means ‘dog’ in Japanese and the Shiba is the smaller of the Japanese Spitz hunting dogs and exhibits a cold-adapted heavy double coat, short ears, and small eyes. The Shiba-Inu is typically alert, agile and loyal to its family but often reserved around strangers and potentially hostile to other dogs. There can be a variety of colors from red to cream to black/tan and there is always a display of white on the sides of the muzzle, under the jaw, on the breast and belly. The all-white coloring is less common because that particular color masks the required association of white accents against a colored background. In Koi’s case this white cloud gives us a beautiful appearance. These healthy and long-lived dogs are independent and still exhibit a strong prey drive. To work well with other pets and children the Shiba should be well socialized from an early age. – Geoffrey Antipa



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