Shikoku

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The Shikoku has a wild look, with a wolf-like color complete with pointy ears and a tapered muzzle. This breed comes from Japan, where it is a primitive breed similar to the Shiba Inu. The Shikoku has been named as a natural landmark of Japan, where it is the ideal companion for active outdoor enthusiasts. ,An ancient Japanese breed, the Shikoku is one of six breeds native to China. In between the smaller Shiba Inu and the larger Akita Inu, these dogs were originally used for boar hunting in the mountainous regions of Kochi Prefecture. Also known as the Kochi-ken, there were once three varieties of this breed – Awa, Hongawa and Hata. All three were named after the area they were bred in and all were tough, agile and intelligent dogs.,While the exact origin of the breed is unknown, Shikoku is known to have been developed by Matagi fighters. First known as the Tosa Ken, he was later renamed to avoid confusion with the Tosa Fighting Dog. Efforts to protect the breed began in the 1920s and the breed was declared a Natural Landmark in 1937. The breed is not yet recognized by the AKC but is part of the Foundation Stock Service and is recognized by the FCI and UKC.,The Shikoku is highly intelligent and can respond well to training when there is a fixed and consistent authority figure. Training should be started at a young age and early socialization is equally important. These dogs learn very quickly, and they are generally not as stubborn or independent as other Japanese breeds, although they do get bored easily. Keep your training sessions short and fun to make sure your Shikoku stays engaged.,The Shikoku is a highly intelligent breed that bonds closely with family. Socialization is important because he can be somewhat aloof with strangers and potentially suspicious of unfamiliar dogs. These dogs get along well with children if they are raised together and the children treat the dog with respect. Keep in mind that as a hunting breed, the Shikoku has a high prey drive and must be supervised around pets. This breed needs a lot of human interaction and mental stimulation to keep him from becoming bored and developing problem behaviors.,As an ancient breed, the Shikoku is very healthy with no known hereditary health issues specific to the breed. Still, these dogs can be prone to certain health conditions, including elbow dysphasia, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, epilepsy, and allergies.,As a spitz-type dog, the Shikoku has the typical double coat. The top coat feels straight and hard with a softer, dense undercoat. The top coat is longer on the chest and neck with some feathering on the back of the legs. The primary color for this breed is black or red, usually with variations of sesame and brown. These dogs have black noses and brown eyes. Weekly brushing with a soft brush is sufficient to keep the coat in good condition.,The Shikoku has a wild look, with a wolf-like color complete with pointy ears and a tapered muzzle. This breed comes from Japan, where it is a primitive breed similar to the Shiba Inu. The Shikoku has been named as a natural landmark of Japan, where it is the ideal companion for active outdoor enthusiasts. ,