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Is the Shikoku right for you?

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Other name(s): Kochi Ken, Shikoku Ken

The basics:
An ancient and somewhat primitive Spitz type dog from Japan, the Shikoku was developed to hunt large game-- a task that created a determined and independent working breed. They are rare outside their native country and certainly aren't a dog for the average pet owner. The North American Shikoku Club states flat-out, "Shikoku aren't companion dogs at all, they are working dogs...Shikoku were bred to hunt in small packs of three to five dogs and to act independently of the hunter... The same characteristics that make Shikoku prized hunters in Japan, make them poor candidates to be off leash in uncontrolled environments..."

This specialty breed is a choice for the experienced and aware dog owner with lots of time and energy to give to an exceptional animal. Be sure you're up to the challenge before you bring home the Shikoku.

Appearance / health:
The Shikoku is similar to Northern dogs with its sharp muzzle and erect ears. It rmay remind you of its cousin, the Shiba Inu.

Behavior / temperament:
Know the Spitz dog temperament. You will need to be a firm, consistent, and respectful alpha to an independent and even stubborn dog. Shikoku are intelligent, but they may prefer to think for themselves rather than defer to you.

Have a purpose for your Shikoku other than just being an attractive companion. They benefit from a worthwhile channel for their energy.

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