Coat Color Inheritance in Shibas: Cream and Agouti

Because this is important and gets a ton of hits:

Hokusei Kashinoki Shiba and Hokkaido Ken 北西樫ノ木

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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