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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Asian Spitz group.

Weight:

Approximately 15-20 kg.

Height:

Approximately 43-55 cm.

Color(s):

The three standard colours for this breed are sesame, red sesame, and black sesame.

Coat:

This breed has a short and straight coat of harsh fur with a soft and dense undercoat.


Overview

Character:

The Shikoku is an energetic and active dog outdoors, but relatively quiet indoors. Clever and intelligent, this dog learns quickly and has good judgement. The Shikoku is also a very loyal companion.

Country of Origin:

Japan.

History:

Recognized as a natural monument of Japan since 1937, this ancient breed originated in the mountains of the Kochi Prefecture. Although not recognized by all major kennel clubs, the Shikoku is recognized by the Japanese Kennel Club and is awaiting recognition from the Canadian Kennel Club.

Name:

Alternative names for this breed include Kochi-ken, Mikawa Inu and Japanese Wolfdog.

Temperament:

The Shikoku is docile with its owner and is not as stubborn as some other Japanese breeds. An enthusiastic and persistent hunter, the Shikoku is also a tough and very alert dog.


Care

Training:

The Shikoku is intelligent and learns quickly, and is relatively easy to train.

Activity:

This breed is very energetic but, with sufficient exercise, is calm and quiet indoors.

Ownership:

While not as independent and stubborn as some other Japanese breeds, the Shikoku is still not for everyone. However, with sufficient space and exercise, the Shikoku can be a very good pet. This breed has an average life expectancy of 12 years and requires regular brushing.


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