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Description: The Shikoku originates from the Spitz family of dogs which include the Akita, Hokkaido, Japanese Spitz, Kai, Kishu and Shiba. Spitz breeds are characterized by an overall wolf like appearance and is often referred to as primitive because of its close similarity to what would have been the original domestic dog. The Shikoku is also known by the other names of Shikoku Inu and the Japanese Shikoku. This dog is classified as one of the Working Dog Group which we go on to describe in detail in the section at the bottom of this page. The Shikoku is not currently Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and is therefore in the category of dogs termed Unrecognized & Rare Breeds.
Other Names: Kochi-ken, Mikawa Inu
Type: Primitive Spitz - Gundog
Height: 17 to 21.5 inches
Colors: Sesame, Black Sesame, Red Sesame
Temperament: This dog is loyal, independent, standoffish and reserved. He can be very obedient if trained and, with appropriate introduction methods, will get along with almost any house pet.
With Children: Yes - With proper training.
Care and Training: The Shikoku requires
weekly care and grooming. Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat
and bathing but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and nails.
Activity: Daily walks. Do not let the Shikoku roam free in an unsafe area as they have a high prey drive and may get themselves into trouble chasing an animal.
Special Needs: Fenced yard, leash, socialization
Health Issues: No known apparent health problems with the Shokoku.
Country of Origin: Japan
Registries: CKC, UKC, ARBA, JKC
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