Country of Origin: Japan, Shikoku
Height: Female: 43–49 cm, Male: 49–55 cm
Weight: Female: 16–25 kg, Male: 16–25 kg
Color: Black Sesame, Red Sesame, Sesame
Life Expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Cautious, Energetic, Loyal, Agile, Intelligent, Brave
Litter Size: 3 - 7 puppies
Health Problems: N/N
Brief info: The Shikoku is also known as the Kochi-ken "ken" or "inu," which means dog in Japanese.
Kin to the smaller Shiba and larger Akita Inu, the Shikoku-Ken is a rare breed of dog, even in its native Japan. In 1937, the Shikoku was established as one of Japans national treasures.
The Japanese bred the Shikoku to hunt deer and wild boar in the mountainous and fairly isolated Kochi prefecture located on the island of Shikoku. Shikokus are some of the purest dog breeds due to the remote nature of the region, which greatly restricted crossbreeding.
The Shikoku has a thick, double coat, erect ears, a curled tail, compact feet, and has sharper features than some other Japanese breeds.
Like the Akita, the Shikoku has a scissor bite. Its eyes are dark brown, almond shaped and slanted. Coat colors are red, red-sesame, and blackish or black-sesame.