What a gorgeous dog!! He reminds me very much of my first dog, who was a Basenji X Border collie, black and white like yours and the exact same weight. My girl had traits from both breeds (picture an obedient Basenji ;)) but, could she ever bark! Look forward to seeing more photos of your boy! :)
Love the pictures of Mambo! I can definitely see the Basenji in him. I am curious about how the Shiba appears in the mix though. Do you know for sure if he has Shiba in him? I ask because I'm curious about how coat genetics might come out… if it's possible to have a Shiba mix with no hint of red.
Mambo is soooo shiny. Your other dog too. Welcome!
Thanks everyone! Mambo is a name my mom and sister came up with while I was living in Long Beach, CA. His bark sometimes is the typical yodel-barroo when we play and when he asks for his toy, and the Shiba cry if he hears me outside but can't see me! His mom is a pure bred Shiba for sure.
Here are some pictures of his parents and Mambo as a puppy.
Deja, Mambo's mom playing with him in the background
Obviously he gets his fluff from the Shiba side
I was a bit sad the day I took him because his mom really loved to play with him. He was the most curious and independent from the litter
So fascinating. Thanks for sharing those additional pictures. I had wondered if maybe the Shiba was a cream, as I understand that's a recessive coat color. But I also read somewhere that the Shiba cream trait is actually a really, really diluted red (hence, the red tipping you often see on the ears of cream Shibas), so I didn't know if it was possible for some red to show up in offspring. Again, I don't know canine genetics at all.
We are a Shiba Inu / Basenji 2-dog household here (both spayed/neutered), so I am smitten by the idea of your dog. The best of both worlds. ;)