Sesame Shiba Inu – Everything you need to know

Sesame Shiba Inu, also known as Goma, is the rarest among the four coat colors of the Shiba Inu breed. A Sesame Shiba Inu must always have a red coat base with a particular black coloring throughout their coat. However, there’s only one exception: a Sesame Shiba Inu with a widow’s peak will not have black color as the area will remain red.

Shiba Inu is possessive (guards their belongings), highly intelligent, loyal, less obedient, and cannot be trusted off-leash as they love chasing and are innate hunters. In addition, their general inclination to be suspicious makes them exceptional watch dogs.

Sesame Shiba Inu Pros and Cons

Pros Cons 
Excellent guard dogsHighly stubborn
Easy to trainOver energetic breed

Sesame Shiba Inu Basic Information

  • Name: Sesame Shiba Inu
  • Height: Male 14 to 17 inches, Female 13 to 16 inches
  • Weight: Male 20 to 25 pounds, Female 15 to 20 pounds
  • Size: Medium
  • Coat: Double coat
  • Color: Sesame, tan, black, red
  • Energy: Medium to hHigh
  • Activities: Agility, herding, conformation, obedience, rally, tracking
  • Group: Non -sporting group
  • Barking Level: High
  • Shedding Level: High
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Litter Size: 6-10 puppies
  • Life Span: 13 to 16 Years
  • Another name: Goma
  • Breed Recognition: American Kennel Club (AKC), Japanese Kennel Club(JKC)

Shiba Inu vs. Sesame Shiba Inu: A Comparison

Features  Shiba Inu Sesame Shiba Inu 
Height  13.5 to 16.5 inches13 to 17 inches
Weight  17 to 23 pounds15 to 25 pounds
Size  SmallMedium
Group  Non-SportingNon-Sporting
Children Compatibility  MediumMedium
Family Compatibility  Medium to HighMedium to High
Pets Compatibility  MediumMedium
Barking Level  Medium to HighMedium to High
Shedding Level  Medium to HighMedium to High
Hypoallergenic  NoNo
Grooming Needs  MediumMedium
Overall Health  MediumMedium
Energy  Medium to HighMedium to High
Exercise Needs  MediumMedium
Trainability  Medium to HighMedium to High
Activities  Conformation, Agility, Hunting, TrackingAgility, advanced obedience, Schutzhund, carting, and tracking
Complication in Breeding  NoNo
Life Span  13 to 16 years12 to 15 Years
Litter Size2 to 5 puppies6 to 10 puppies
Other NamesJapanese Shiba Inu, Japanese Small Size Dog, Japanese Brushwood Dog, Shiba KenGoma

Sesame Shiba Inu Personality

Sesame Shiba Inus are medium-sized, intelligent dogs who came to the United States from Japan. The Japanese describe their personality trait with three words: Ryosei (good nature), Kaani-i (spirited boldness), and Soboku (alertness). They are excellent watchdogs known for their agility and dynamic personalities. 

Sesame is the dilution of black coat and is commonly found on Red Shiba Inus with piebald characteristics, such as partial or complete pink paw pads, noses, and/or rims. In some lighting setups, Sesame Shiba Inus appear in brindle. However, they are always lighter than the parent black and appear with the addition of the tan gene.

Sesame Shiba Inus have straight forelegs with dewclaws. They can either be removed or left to grow with proper supervision. This rare breed is a sturdy, compact dog with deep-set triangular eyes, a head proportional to their body, a black nose, and lips. This companion breed has a two-layered double coat, prick ears, squinty eyes, and curly tails, looking like a fox. They prefer to be independent and are challenging to train.

Friendliness Overview     

Affection Level                            High
Family-Friendly   High   
Kid-Friendly   Medium  
Pet-Friendly   Medium
Strangers-Friendly   Low    

Adaptability Overview 

Good for New Pet Owners Medium to High
Good for Apartment Living Medium to High
Sensitivity Level Medium
Tolerates being alone High
Heat Tolerance Medium
Cold Tolerance Medium to High

Sesame Shiba Inu Temperament

Sesame Shiba Inus are loyal, alert, active, social, affectionate, intelligent breeds with a reliable protective temperament, making them exceptional guard dogs and family dogs. Hence, they instantly alert their owners with an imposing bark if they sense anything strange. But, on the other hand, they get along with kids who treat them respectfully and kindly. Also, Sesame Shibas are said to be highly dominant. So, they need firm and proper training from a young age with positive reinforcement.  

Sesame Shiba Inu Training

Sesame Shiba Inu is an intelligent, obedient dog with a strong sense of independence that can make their training challenging. Therefore, you must start training them from a very young age using positive reinforcements and reward-based methods. In addition, Sesame Shiba Inus bark at strangers and notify you if they sense anything suspicious, intruding, or threatening. 

Sesame Shiba Inus can be a little stubborn, so ensure not to scold or punish them as they don’t respond well to these approaches. Additionally, it is essential to socialize them to avoid disobedient or aggressive behavior. Socializing will guarantee your dog’s behavior well with outsiders and other pets. 

Trainability Overview

Easy to Train   Low to Medium
Intelligence   High 
Prey Drive   Medium to High  
Tendency to Chew, Nip & Play-bite   Medium 
Tendency to Bark or Howl   Medium to High
Wanderlust Ability   High

Sesame Shiba Inu Exercise Needs

Sesame Shiba Inu is an active, energetic breed. Hence, regular exercise maintains healthy growth and mental development. Therefore, you must train them for a minimum of 60 minutes daily, including walking, playing, and mental games. They love trekking to the canine park to explore every nook and corner and play with their furry mates. Sesame Shibas have modest exercise requirements, despite being more joyful than the average medium-sized dog.

Exercise Needs Overview

Energy Level                                   Medium to High 
Exercise Needs                              Medium   
Playfulness                                     Medium   
Intensity   Low to Medium

Sesame Shiba Inu Grooming

Coat and Hair 

Sesame Shiba Inus are moderate shedders. They have a double coat with a soft, thick undercoat and a straight, stiff outer coat. The undercoat has to be brushed or combed weekly once with a short wire brush to avoid maturing. Also, it is necessary to clip out the knots to a precise length at least four times yearly. It is also essential to cleanse their whiskers after meals. Bathing should be minimal with a Sesame Shiba Inu, as their coat is inherently waterproof. In addition, regular bathing may strip their natural coat oils, thereby giving the puppy a pale, lackluster appearance.


Brush your canine’s teeth two to three times a week using dog-formulated toothpaste to maintain their overall health. 


Sesame Shiba Inus may build up black discharge at the inner corners of their eyes. It would help if you gently wiped them clean with a cloth dipped in warm water.


It is essential to regularly check your canine’s ears for dirt or any indication of infection.

Grooming Overview 

Amount of Shedding                     Medium  
Tendency to Drool   Low 
Tendency to Snore   Low 
Easy to Groom   Medium

Sesame Shiba Inu Health

There is no evidence that Sesame Shiba Inu pups are more or less healthy than Shiba Inus. Yet, Shibas of all colors are predisposed to health issues and hereditary disorders. Therefore, you must often check for any signs of health issues and take them to the veterinarian for regular check-ups.

Health Overview

Basic Health   High  
Weight Gain Possibilities   Low  

Hip Dysplasia: A heritable disorder occurs when the thigh bones fail to fit correctly into the hip joint’s pelvic socket.

Causes of Hip Dysplasia 

  • Injuries 
  • Excessive weight gain 
  • Incorrect exercises 

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

  • Less activity and movements
  • Unwillingness to rise, jump, run or climb
  • Lameness in the hind limbs
  • Lessening thigh muscle mass
  • Swaying, “bunny hopping” gait
  • Scratching in the joint during movement
  • Widening shoulders
  • Pain
  • Stiffness

Elbow Dysplasia: This disorder occurs when the elbow joint bones don’t fit appropriately. This condition generates abnormal pressure at the joint, leading to chronic rubbing and painful osteoarthritis.


  • Mild to moderate pain 
  • Lameness in the forelimbs 

Patellar Luxation: This painful condition is slipping of the knee cap from its spot in the legs. Signs are that the affected dog might feel uncomfortable while hiking or running and kick his leg to set the knee cap on its position.

Bloat: Bloat happens if the dog’s gut is filled with gas or air due to pressure. When the canine cannot get rid of this extreme air, it will fall in blood pressure and go into shock. Signs include retching without vomiting, restlessness, lethargy, depression, swollen abdomen, excessive drooling, and weakness with a rapid heart rate. 

Cataracts: An affected eye will look unclear due to the appearance of a white film-like coating over the eye lens. This situation should not be left untreated as it can lead to blindness. 

Allergies and Skin infections: Few Shiba Inus undergo different allergies, ranging from contact allergies to food allergies. Routine checking and grooming your canine after outdoor visits can prevent this condition.

Epilepsy: This disorder causes seizures and can happen in extreme and moderate episodes. Unique actions like desperately running as if chased, struggling, or hiding may indicate a seizure. In addition, different elements such as cancers, toxic poisoning, extreme head trauma, metabolic conditions can cause seizures.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Many eye infections involve the retina’s slow deterioration. In the initial phases, puppies become night-blind. As it progresses, they lose their eyesight during the daytime as well. However, most canines slowly adapt to their slight or complete sight loss as long as their home surroundings remain the same. 

Glaucoma: It is caused by increased pressure in the eye and is found in two forms: primary, which is hereditary, and secondary, which is caused by the decreased fluid in the eye. Symptoms include pain and loss of vision. Treatment includes surgery or eye drops.  

Sesame Shiba Inu Diet and Nutrition

High-quality dog food depending on the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior), will supply all of the nutrients required by the Sesame Shiba Inu. However, keep an eye on their calorie consumption and weight to avoid tipping the scales. You can serve them one and half cups of kibble, divided into two portions, daily. Treats can be a beneficial training aid, but feeding excess might result in obesity.

Sesame Shiba Inu Living Condition

Sesame Shiba Inus are medium-sized dogs and can live in an apartment and an average-sized fenced backyard. The waterproof coat helps them bear the hot and cold climate.

Adding a Sesame Shiba Inu to Your Family

Things to Remember Before buying

Finding a pure Sesame Shiba Inu can be challenging. Owing to the complex genetic nature, most reliable breeders do not breed mainly for Sesame Shiba Inus. So primarily, finding this breed relies greatly on fortune and connecting with the dedicated breeder.

Cost of a Sesame Shiba Inu Puppy

On average, a Sesame Shiba Inu puppy may cost around $1200 to $2500, not including miscellaneous costs.

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