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Breed Characteristics

Life Span:10-12 Years

Shikoku Build Information

The Shikoku, also known as the Kochi-ken, is a rare, primitive purebred Japanese dog originally bred for hunting deer and wild boar. Their thick double coats come in a range of combinations of red, sesame and black. They have prominent, pointed ears, compact feet and curled tails. They are a medium breed weighing 35-55 pounds and measuring 17 to 22 inches high.

Length (Male):19-25 in.
Length (Female):18-20 in.
Weight:26 - 40 lbs

Behaviour and Personality

They are intelligent, brave and loyal in personality, but require training and early socialization to avoid aggression with strangers and other animals. They are full of energy and should be exercised regularly. Because of their strong hunting instinct, Shikokus are best in homes without other pets. They live an average of 10 to 12 years.

Activity Level:Active
Affection Level:Affectionate
Guardian Skills:Moderate
Kid Friendliness:Very Friendly


Colors:Black, Black & Tan, Cream
Grooming:Medium Maintenance
Coat Type:Soft

Shikoku Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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Breed Talents and Facts

Training:Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion:Yes
Jolly for Jogging:Yes
Ideal for Tracking:Yes
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes