Piebald/Pinto in Japanese Dogs

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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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