Shiba inu FCI standard

Small-sized dog, well balanced, well boned with well developed muscles. Constitution strong. Action quick, free and beautiful. The temperament is faithful, with keenness in sense and high alertness.

CRANIAL REGION : Skull : Forehead broad. Stop : Well defined with slight furrow.

Nose : Black colour desirable. Nasal bridge straight.
Muzzle : Moderately thick and tapering.
Lips : Tight.
Jaws/Teeth : Teeth strong with scissor bite.
Cheeks : Well developed.
Eyes : Relatively small, triangular and dark brown in colour; the outer corners of the eyes are upturned.
Ears : Relatively small, triangular, slightly inclining forward and firmly pricked.

Thick, strong, and well balanced with the head and the body.

Back : Straight and strong.
Loins : Broad and muscular.
Chest : Deep, ribs moderately sprung.
Belly : Well tucked up.

FOREQUARTERS : Seen from the front, forelegs straight.
Shoulders : Shoulder blade moderately sloping.
Elbows : Tight.
Upper thighs : Long.
Lower thighs : Short, but well developed.
Hocks : Thick and tough.

FEET: Digits tightly closed and well arched. Pads hard and elastic. Nails hard and dark in colour desirable.

Set on high, thick, carried vigorously curled or curved as a sickle, the tip nearly reaching hocks when let down.

HAIR : Outer coat harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense; hair on tail slightly long and standing off.

COLOUR : Red, black and tan, sesame, black sesame, red sesame.

Definition of the colour sesame
· Sesame : Equal mixture of white and black hairs.
· Black sesame : More black than white hairs.
· Red sesame : Ground colour of hair red, mixture with black hairs.

All the above mentioned colours must have « Urajiro ».

« Urajiro » : Whitish coat on the sides of the muzzle and on the cheeks, on the underside of the jaw and neck, on the chest and stomach and the underside of the tail, and on the inside of the legs.

Light and brisk.

Height at withers : Dogs 40 cm. Bitches 37 cm. There is a tolerance of 1,5 cm smaller or taller.

12 kilos Dogs and 8 kg Bitches.

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
• Bitchy dogs, doggy bitches.
• Malocclusion (overshot or undershot mouth).
• Numerous teeth missing.
• Shyness.

• Aggresive or overly shy.
• Ears not pricked.
• Hanging or short tail.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


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