Shikoku Inu Dog Breed
- Origin: Japan
- Group: Hunting
- Weight: 16 – 25 kg
- Height: 43 – 55 cm
- Colors: brown-red, black-red, red
- Training: medium (is stubborn)
- Care: easy to care for
- Temperament: agile, loyal, energetic, brave, intelligent
- Health: generally healthy
- Puppies: 3-4
- Average age: 10 to 12 years
The Shikoku dog breed can also be found under one of the names: kochi-ken, Mikawa inu or japanese wolfdog.
The Shikoku dog breed was born by crossing Akita and Shiba races. This breed was created especially for hunting deer and wild boar.
Shikoku Inu’s Food
Shikoku is not picky when it comes to food. Accepts both purchased food (canned or canned) and cooked food in the home.
I personally recommend cooking at home so that you can control and provide the dog with the protein, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids it needs at every meal.
It is advisable to avoid foods that cause soft stomachs or gas in the stomach in large quantities or causing discomfort (cabbage, corn, beans, etc.).
Beware of the amount of food because it may suffer from obesity. Besides food, the dog must have a fresh bowl to drink water when it’s thirsty.
Shikoku Inu’s Aspect
The standard for this breed is 43-53cm tall. Dogs can be found in different colors, some falling into stardom, others not in the standard (red-black, black-brown, cream).
Besides these colors, the white color can be seen in the lower part of the body, close to the eyes, the nose and the legs. The animal tends to spawn once or twice a year.
The fur is thick enough, the ears sharp and tail curved.
Although it looks like husky, Shikoku is a unique dog from a physical point of view, it differs primarily in height and color. It’s a medium-sized dog.
Shikoku Inu’s Behavior
Shikoku is a cautious and courageous dog. Sometimes he is allowed to run wild boar to keep his hunter instincts.
It is an agile dog, adapted to mountain regions, ideal for energetic and active people. Despite the large amount of energy it has, it can be calm and quiet at the same time.
Learn fast because it’s smart. He is as stubborn as the other Japanese dog breeds. It is not a dog recommended for anyone with an emphasis on those who have no experience in raising and educating dogs.
Shikoku Inu’s Training
Training must be done by a person with experience and authority because although Shikoku is a smart dog, he is stubborn.
A training session should not be long because the dog can get bored.
Shikoku Inu’s Features
Washing the excess dog dries her skin. A wash a few months is enough especially because the animal does not have a strong dog odor.
If he does his daily exercises is a happy dog.
It should not be left unattended because it can activate it’s hunter instinct and can go and watch different birds or animals.
Shikoku Inu’s Diseases
With a life span of up to 10-12 years Shikoku needs to have proper care. Health directly affects the longevity of the dog.
May suffer from common diseases if it is not properly fed or does not make its daily compulsory movement. Common diseases can cause diseases of the bones, joints, ears, muscles or nerves.
Different traumas or infections may occur. The more serious the animal can suffer are those that affect the heart, lungs, digestive system or kidneys.