Updates for 9/1/2015, Adult Shiba Available for Placement

We went lure coursing again, this time in Enumclaw following some health test clinics, with the young up and comings Marko and Trillium. They both qualified towards their first performance titles and had a blast.

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There is a nice 4 year old fully trained Champion Shiba girl who is retired from breeding (and spayed) available to be placed as a single dog, or with an easy going male. She is very sweet, smart and beautiful and is an excellent girl who would be a nice pet for someone not wanting to go through the destructive puppy phase. She would love agility training also, but is a good calm house pet who would be happy to simply spend time on a walk with her humans, or getting attention inside. She is crate trained and house trained, and has always been a house pet (she is not a kennel dog). She has several other Shiba housemates, and now that she is retired, she would prefer to have her humans to herself, or share them with one other easy going dog friend. Please send inquiries to masakadoshiba@hotmail.com

Updates for 6/7/2015

We have attended several Barn Hunt trials in 2015 and Farrah got her RATO, and Ike got an Open leg. Their puppy Marko made his sports debut and got his RATI and his first Novice Leg. Good dogs!



Farrah also participated in several Flyball trials this year so far and got her Flyball Champion SIlver, putting her at #5 for the breed in NAFA standings. Both she and Beebe have several demos lined up with the team and look forward to them.


Farrah also had great fun at several Agility trials this year and needs just one more leg for her Excellent title:

Ike earned his Grand Championship this weekend at the Puyallup Cluster with a nice BOB win, on limited showing. His puppies are carrying on for him and it makes me proud and very thankful to have such a wonderful dog to live with.



In between all these events, we have enjoyed several beach trips and dog vacations, being fortunate to hang out with friends and two of Farrah’s puppies, Taiyo and Chai. What fun we had!

Coat Color Inheritance in Shibas: Cream and Agouti

Because this is important and gets a ton of hits:

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For those who do not follow Shiba show news, last week the US saw a 3rd cream AKC Shiba Champion. This is a rare occurrence, and provides the chance for discussion of color quality in our breed (yes they can be shown in AKC). Following this event was the usual rehashing of the cream color debate and about how the US was the “only” place that faults creams (which is inaccurate, most countries follow FCI/Japanese standard for faulting cream). Additionally, there was a petition created on Change.org asking AKC to “recognize” the cream shiba. This spawned an alarming amount of misinformation among pet owners and current breeders about showing, registrations, and genetics.I primarily want to explore some genetics information here first, before delving in to the cream debate in another post.

Genetics: The old staple reference material for explaining coat color inheritance was a series of very nice diagrams written…

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Dog News and Trial Results

Ike is completing the requirements for his Grand Championship and has all the required majors, Breed wins and individual judge wins now. We don’t compete much, so it will take a while, but he just needs points from a few more Select (or Breed wins). He did a great job for his last two Bests of Breed and Selects and I’m very proud of how well he showed and that he looked very happy. Too bad the photos didn’t turn out! We had fun traveling overnight but it isn’t something I plan to do a lot of for shows. Maybe for Agility/Flyball trials as the dogs enjoy that so much more…





Mrs Farrah is enjoying a little Agility comeback after being out for so long for mommy duty. We’ve spent a lot of hours with some great Agility instructors over the last months to get trial ready. Mom (me) takes a lot of work still on learning courses and handling, and Farrah lets me know if I am not being fair or fun enough by going to visit people for pets during our runs. Those moments are getting further and further between, so that’s progress.

Running Shibas in agility has challenges, and that takes time and patience, but the good moments are that much more rewarding. I saw some very good things from her at our last two trials, and I felt I had some good things I was able to improve on, so I’m very pleased with where we are right now as a team, but there is lots of room for improvement!

Some of the big changes from our trial moments that we didn’t have 2 years ago vs last weekend is very good weaves, very good contact, sends to tunnels, rear crosses and drive to go forward independently without taking off. Those are the good moments, and when we are good we are great, but when we are bad, it’s pretty awful, but that’s where a good sense of humor comes in handy! And of course zoomies happen and Farrah has no need for contacts during those moments…

So, Farrah got a nice QQ in Std and JWW, followed by her first FAST Q. I will take that any day after a year with no Q’s!


Female Cream Puppy Available for Placement

I have one young female cream puppy available for placement on a pet contract, from champion health tested parents with a health guarantee. She has had some classes already, vaccines and microchip, and is a really sweet beautiful  little girl. She is house trained already, rides well in cars, is crate trained, leash trained and has some basic obedience.

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I wanted to keep her for Agility/Flyball training but need to keep my numbers low, so I am offering her for placement. This amazing little girl has the potential to be a great hiking, beach bumming, agility, flyball, therapy visit, couch cuddling and barn hunting companion (like her mom Farrah). Please send inquiries to masakadoshiba@hotmail.com and fill out my application.

1 Puppy Available for Placement

I have one young female puppy available for placement on a pet contract. She has had some classes already, vaccines and microchip, and is a really sweet active little girl. She will need a home who has experience with Shibas or a similar breed. She would benefit best with a settled couple who enjoy an active lifestyle who aren’t going to leave her home all day, as she really loves being around people and is oh so smart. I have some other specific requirements as a condition of her placement. This little girl has the potential to be a great hiking, beach bumming, agility, flyball, therapy visits, barn hunting companion (like her mom Farrah). Please send inquiries to masakadoshiba@hotmail.com and fill out my application.