I say Shiba Inu, or a cross.
They are a smaller version of the Akita, also from Japan (my grandma bred and showed Shibas for years, still owns a couple). The come in 3 AKC recognized colors: Black & Tan, Red, and Sesame. AKC lumps them into the nonsporting section in shows. The breed itself is several thousand years old, and was originally used in Japanese hunting. Packs could bring down animals as large as bears. They are runners, and love to be loose outside. Grandma describes them as being very catlike, as dogs go. Puppies ears flop down until they reach a certain age, and the tails can be either "sickle" (a single curve back over the back), or wound tight (Sis and I always called that "the donut butt"
Counterclockwise: Dark red, sesame, black and tan.
I wish I had decent pics of Gram's girls from their show days...
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
Last edited by Scoutrider; 11-09-2009 at 11:36 AM.