Piebald/Pinto in Japanese Dogs

Piebald + Japanese Dogs often lead people to think of the American version of the Akita.

American Akita              Photo from Wikimedia Commons

However, the truth is, Japanese breeds can also have Piebald Markings.

As I was doing my monthly rounds of being super interested in Japanese dogs born in the 1900s, I decided for once to go onto the Shiba Inu Pedigree Database and have a gander. There I found an interesting dog amongst the Red and Whites, Black and Tans and Sesames.

A dog called “Korotama Go Hakkakusou” (Kanji: コロ玉号)

He is listed as your typical Black & Tan, but when you look at his picture, he’s actually a Black and Tan Piebald, in Shiba Inu this is known as “Pinto”. It is very much a possibility that a lot of the Pinto Shiba Inu we occasionally see crop up have Korotama Go in their Pedigree, because he did produce 2 known offspring, “Michime Go Inoguchi” and “Tamahime Go Yorokobisou” both of those dogs also produced offspring

Korotama Go Hakkakusou

This made my brain tick a bit and I remembered an old Discussion on the Nihon Ken forum about Pinto Shikoku that was started by a North American Kishu Ken breeder. A lot of the pictures she posted were from a Japanese Shikoku breeder’s Ameba Blog.

Pinto Shikoku Ken

Pinto Kishu Ken are also a thing, they, like Shikoku and Shiba are against the breed standard but a few Hunting Kennels in Japan still produce them and a few dogs alive today have Pinto dogs in their background

Pinto Kishu Ken
Pinto Kishu Ken and puppies from a Hunting Line Kishu Kennel

As far as I am aware, only Kai Ken and Hokkaido Ken haven’t, thus far, come up in the Pinto/Piebald Mismark. Although, if I do find any, I’ll add them to this post.


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