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General Information - Shikoku

 
Group:
Utility Group

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
10-12 years

Exercise:
Regular Exercise
Grooming:
Weekly
Trainability:

Watchdog ability:

Protection ability:

Area of Origin:
Japan

Date of Origin:
1937

Other Names:
Kochi-ken

Original Function:


History

The original Shikoku, or Kochi-ken, existed in the mountain ranges of Kochi Prefecture on the Island of Shikoku. They were highly valued by the Matagi (Japanese hunters) as a tracker of game, particularly wild boar. He is a medium-sized dog with well-balanced and well-developed, clean-cut muscles. He has pricked ears and a curled or sickle tail. His conformation is strong, well-boned and compact. His outer coat is rather harsh and straight and his undercoat is soft and dense. The hair on his tail is long. His coat can be red, black and tan, or sesame, which is a well-mixed color of black, red, and white hairs.

Temperament

Intelligent quick learner, but not easy to train. Independent thinkers who, often choose not to listen to commands. Strong muscular and agile, they enjoy hiking and hunting. Fast and coordinated - they make good agility dogs.
The Shikoku Dog has a lot of energy. An Ideal companion for those who live an active life. Shikoku does not give up when facing down there prey, this makes them great problem solvers.



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