A question for shiba owners...
My shiba inu Okami is purebred however she has a single white spot on the back of the base of her neck. It isn't very big, about an inch in diameter, and other than that she meets the shiba inu standard perfectly. Is this normal for a purebred to sometimes have defaults like this? I'm just curious =)
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Hmm. I don't think the previous answer really answered your question at all.
Dogs of ANY breed can have small white spots/patches, it's NOT genetic, it's an anomaly of fetal development where the melanocytes (pigment cells) didn't all migrate to the right place in time. The most common places for these spots to show up are on the paws, chest/belly, and collar area.
It doesn't say anything bad about his breeding or that he's not purebred to have this white spot.
Bruno CGC answered on Aug 30th.
Pure bred doesn't imply 'perfect'. Very few dogs are perfect in conformation. That's why it's such a big deal to raise a puppy that can win in conformation dog shows.
Many Dogsters dislike dog shows and AKC or other Kennel Clubs. Dogs should not be bred just for looks. They should be good natured and should be able to perform the work they were originally bred to do.
Sadly many breeds are ruined because of the "standard". Bulldogs, Basset Hounds, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels to name a few. They have been bred to meet a standard of appearance, and as a result have health problems. The standard has been interpreted in such a way as to warp the dogs looks.
As long as your dog is healthy, he has no "faults" in our eyes. ;)
Sonny answered on 8/30/11. Helpful? / 2