Shikoku – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Companion Dogs
Height:
17 to 22 inches
Weight:
35 to 55 pounds
Life Span:
10 to 12 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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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.