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Shikoku dog

Kochi-ken, Mikawa Inu, Japanese Wolfdog


The Shikoku stands 17–21 inches (43–53 cm) high and comes in sesame (red, black), black and tan (nonstandard color), or cream (nonstandard color). These colors consist usually of a light brown, a light red-brown, or a light black-brown. In addition, there is a cream colored coat that tends to be very rare. In all of these colors there is usually a mixture of white found around the underside of the body, near the eyes, snout, and legs. The Shikoku tends to shed its coat at least one to two times a year. The dog has a fairly thick coat with pointed ears and a curved tail. The body conformation is typically of the spitz-type: the square body, the wedge-shaped head, the prick triangular ears, and feathered curled tail.

It is cautious and brave; a temperate dog with good judgment. The Shikoku is also very loyal and submissive to its owner; it loves to be touched and often likes to give kisses. Although, it may be slightly aloof with strangers. This breed needs socialization early to avoid becoming aggressive toward other dogs. Dogs that do become dog aggressive need a competent owner/trainer who knows how to communicate to the dog that this is unacceptable behavior. Shikokus can get along with children if they are raised properly and vice-versa. They have a high prey drive and therefore may not be for everyone; should not be trusted with non-canine pets such as guinea pigs and hamsters.

Size Medium
Height 7-21 inches (46-52 cm)
Weight 35-50 pounds (16-26 kg)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Colors Black Black and Tan Cream
Origin Japan
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

They are quiet indoors, but love outdoor activities. They will not be happy away from their owners. Shikokus should have a fenced yard, as they are hunting dogs with by nature with a very keen sense of smell and may take to roaming.

Good With Children

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

Shikokus do best with a good amount of exercise; they need to be taken on a daily walk or jog.




Grooming Requirements

They blow coat once or twice a year. A good undercoat rake makes grooming easy. Over-bathing may dry out their skin and therefore a bath every few months is usually sufficient. They do not have a strong doggy smell.


Moderate Shedding: Routine brushing will help. Be prepared to vacuum often!



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