The Shokoku is an ancient breed from China, that is thought to have existed for at least 2,000 years. The breed was thought to have been introduced to Japan during a Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) Today, the breed is popular in Japan, and is in some European countries.
The Shokoku was thought to be a foundational breed of many of the longtails, and is often referred to as an honored ancestor of the Long tails. However, genetics closely link the Totenko and Onagadori as the long tail foundation breeds.
Varieties (Single Comb): Black Breasted Red, Five Coloured, Gold Duckwing, Silver Duckwing, White
Weight: 3.5 - 4.4 lbs
Personality: Alert, but calm enough to be handled and confined
Preferred Climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Medium
What else you should know:
If long tails are desired, keeping roosters in individual pens with long perches is recommended. Conditioning their tails will also help keep them flexible and prevent damage. For exhibition, roosters must have tails at leas 60 cm long, and will be disqualified if their saddle feathers do not drag the ground.
Many oriental breeders use a rice based diet, instead of a corn and soybean diet. Some long tails do not respond well to corn, so it should be avoided. Protein should also be added to the diet with ground bone, fish, or other meats. Speak with the breeder you purchase your bird from, to make sure your birds are eating properly.