Other name: Kochi-ken

Photo: adult dog of Shikoku breed
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Life expectancy

The Shikoku has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 18 and 20 in
Male Between 19 and 22 in

Adult weight

Female Between 33 and 44 lb
Male Between 33 and 44 lb
Coat colour
Black Red Sand
Type of coat
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More details about the Shikoku

Shikoku: Origins and history

The Shikoku originated in Japan on the island of Shikoku and is still considered a national treasure. It was bred to be a hardy breed, capable of hunting large animals in isolated and mountainous regions on rough terrain. Nowadays, the breed is extremely rare outside its native Japan.

FCI classification of the Shikoku

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 5 : Asian Spitz and related breeds

Training a Shikoku

The Shikoku is smart and capable of learning quickly. However, sometimes stubbornness can get in the way of training sessions. Using plenty of positive reinforcement and rewards, as well as being consistent and patient, is the best way forward.

Shikoku: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average purchase price. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £60 to £100 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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