Get to know the Shikoku
All you need to know about the breed
If there’s one thing the Shikoku has in spades, it’s presence. One of just six breeds native to Japan, the Shikoku possesses placid dignity and grace of movement that can only be admired. With a medium-sized, well-proportioned body, compact muscles, and a steady gaze, the Shikoku demonstrates impressive self-mastery. This breed is as adventurous and rugged outdoors as they are quietly calm indoors and navigate both equally well - provided they get ample amounts of exercise.
Instinctively alert and wary –traits that no doubt served them well back when they were tracking big game - Shikokus tend to be standoffish towards strangers. Conversely, Shikoku dogs are highly protective of their human families. Anyone who bonds with a Shikoku graduates to eye apple status, entitling them to endless affection and devotion. It’s only natural that this status should be earned.
Shikokus will get along well with anyone sharing a temperament similar to theirs and crave owners who exhibit a strong sense of leadership. Should the quick-minded Shikoku sense that the “boss” position is vacant, they will happily step in. As such, Shikokus tend to be more at ease around adults and older children. The Shikoku probably won’t understand the excited antics of a younger child - and won’t bother trying.
Though now considered a domesticated breed, the Shikoku has retained a strong prey drive, so it’s best not to leave them unsupervised with small children or other pets. Early socialisation and training will help to reinforce a mutually respectful and rewarding relationship with your Shikoku.
2 facts about Shikokus
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Shikoku
Caring for your Shikoku
Grooming, training and exercise tips
To keep your Shikoku’s double coat looking healthy and glossy, brush it at least once a week, and two to three times weekly during seasonal shedding periods. Their nails should be trimmed every few weeks and ears checked regularly for dirt and wax build-up. Also, be sure to establish a healthy dental routine using a vet-approved toothpaste if necessary.
Energetic and intelligent, Shikokus should get plenty of regular exercise and mental stimulation. Brisk daily walks, swims, puzzles, and off-the-lead play in enclosed areas are just a few good ways to keep your Shikoku healthy and occupied while ensuring positive behaviour indoors.
Shikokus will get along best with non-family members and animals when trained and socialised from an early age. Positive reinforcement and reward-based training administered with a gentle but firm approach will get the best results.