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Shikoku

Open sesame

Breed
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Original Name : Shikoku

Type : Lupoid

Male size : 20½ inches

Female size : 18 inches

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : Japan

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Shikokus are lauded for their remarkable stamina, acute senses and natural energy. Passionate hunters, but docile with their owner, they are tenacious and agile enough to run through mountainous terrain.

Head+

Broad forehead, shallow but definite stop.

lupoid

Body+

High, well developed withers, straight, solid back, broad, muscular loins, deep chest.

lupoid

Coat+

Sesame, black sesame, red sesame.

lupoid

Ears+

Small, triangular, firmly pricked, slightly forward sloping.

lupoid

Tail+

Set high, thick, carried vigorously curled or sickle-shaped over the back.

lupoid

Hair+

Coarse, straight topcoat, soft, dense undercoat.

lupoid

Descended from medium-sized dogs that populated Japan in ancient times, Shikokus were bred to hunt, especially wild boar, in the mountainous regions of Kochi prefecture, which explains their alternative moniker, Kochi Ken (ken is Japanese for dog). There were three varieties – Awa, Hongawa and Hata – depending on where exactly they were bred. The Hongawa variety was the most purebred of the three, as it came from an isolated area.These medium-sized dogs are well proportioned, with clean-cut, well developed limbs, prick ears and a rolled or sickle tail. They are strong and compact, with good bones.

Did you know ?

The distinctive sesame coat is the most striking feature of this Japanese breed named after its native region and declared a Natural Monument in Japan in 1937.

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