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A few words

about the breed

its character and temperament

by the breeder

special treats of the dogs in the kennel




Origin and Purpose

This breed goes back to medium-sized dogs that existed in Japan in ancient times. The Shikoku was bred as a hunting dog, mainly for hunting boar and deer in the mountainous districts of Kochi Prefecture. It is sometimes called “Kochi-ken” (ken = dog). The breed took on the name of the region and was designated as a “natural monument” in 1937. A study in the 1930’s conducted by Japanese cynologist Harvo Isogai classified a native Japanese dog breeds into three categories; large, medium and small sized. These dogs are tough and sufficiently agile to run through a mountainous region and often referred to as deerhounds. They are characterized by their sesame coloured coats.

General Appearance

A medium-sized dog with well balanced and well developed clean cut muscles. It has pricked ears and a curled or sickle tail. Conformation : strong, well-boned and compact.

Important Proportions : The ratio of height at withers to length of body is 10 : 11.



A dog of marked endurance, keen in sense with a naive feeling, energetic and highly alert; an enthusiastic hunter; docile towards his master.



Height at withers: Dogs – 52 cm (20.5 inches)

                             Bitches – 46 cm (18 inches)

There is a tolerance of + 3 cm (1.2 inches)


Coat & Colour


Hair: Outer coat rather harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense. The hair on the tail is rather long.


Sesame, black sesame and red sesame. Definition of the colour sesame: Sesame: Equal mixture of white and black hairs. Black sesame: More black than white hairs. Red sesame: Ground colour of hair red, mixture with black hairs.


Skull: Forehead broad. Stop: Shallow, but defined. Nose: Black. Muzzle: Rather long, wedge-shaped. Nasal bridge straight. Lips: Tight. Jaws/Teeth: Teeth strong, with a scissor bite. Cheeks: Well developed. Eyes: Relatively small, triangular, set well apart, dark brown in colour. Ears: Small, triangular, slightly inclining forward and firmly pricked.


Thick and powerful.



Shoulders: Moderately sloping with developed muscles. Elbows: Set close to the body. Forearms: Straight and clean cut. Pasterns: Slightly inclining.


Withers: High, well developed. Back: Straight and strong. Loins: Broad and muscular. Chest: Deep, ribs well sprung. Belly: Well tucked up.



Powerful, with muscles well developed. Hocks: Moderately angulated and very tough. Feet: Tightly closed with well arched toes. Pads hard and elastic. Nails hard and black or dark in colour.


Set on high, thick and carried over the back vigorously curled or curved like a sickle. The tip nearly reaches the hocks when let down.



Resilient, with rather narrow strides, but light. Action is quick and turning is possible.


Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

• Bitchy dogs/doggy bitches.

• Slightly overshot or undershot mouth.

• Long hair

• Shyness.



• Aggressive or overly shy.

• Extremely overshot or undershot bite.

• Ears not pricked.

• Hanging tail, short tail.

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Note: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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