Good For First-Time Owners?
Tolerates Being Alone?
Affectionate With Family?
Friendly Toward Other Dogs?
Friendly Toward Strangers?
Easy To Groom?
Prone To Obesity?
The powerful Shikoku is a dog of strong endurance, energetic and alert during the day and night.
This is an enthusiastic hunter and huge people lover. The original Shikoku, or Kochi-ken, existed in the mountain ranges of Kochi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku.
These dogs were highly respected by Japanese hunters, also known as the Matagi.
As a medium-sized dog, the Shikoku was used as a tracker of the game. Today, they are equally fit as they were in past days, with well-balanced and well-developed bodies.
With pricked ears and a curled or sickle tail, this breed gets a softer look and gentle expression. They are well-boned and compact. The outer coat is rather harsh and straight, while the entire undercoat is soft and dense.
The tail comes with long hair, and a coat is commonly red, black, and tan, or sesame. Sesame is a color mix of red, black, and white hairs. Regular weekly brushing is mandatory to keep the dog’s coat healthy and clean.
Think about exercise and outdoor time – what you can provide to keep this strong breed entertained and happy. Mix regular walks, with indoor playtime, backyard playtime, and regular visits to the dog park.