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The Shikoku dog is a rare breed of hunting dog developed in ancient Japan. This breed gets its name from the Island of Shikoku in the Kochi Prefecture where it originates. The Shikoku is also known as the Kochi-ken ["ken" or "inu" meaning dog in Japanese].
The Shikoku is a medium-sized dog that generally weighs 35-55 lbs. and stands 17-21 inches tall when fully grown. It is related to the smaller Shiba Inu and the larger Akita, and is similar in build to its cousins. The breed is classified as a primitive spitz-type having a thick double coat, curled tail and erect ears.
The Shikoku dog has a great spirit and is devoted to its master. They are generally reserved around strangers and can make good watch dogs. The Shikoku dog is not for everyone though. Because of their primitive nature and strong prey drive they require proper socialization from puppy hood and obedience training. The Shikoku is well-behaved in the home but is quite athletic and enjoys a fair amount of exercise. They are wonderful companions for hiking and camping but should not be allowed to roam freely as they are hunting dogs by nature. They are a highly intelligent breed and show great aptitude for agility and obedience utilities.
The Shikoku dog is one of the purest of the Nihonken [native Japanese dog] and is considered very rare. Only a small number are known to exist outside of Japan. Currently, efforts are being made to preserve and promote the breed in North America.
We are a versatile working dog
We are agile athletes
We are great at tracking
We are superb hiking companions