<!-- Begin Infobox Dogbreed. The text of the article should go AFTER this section. See: --><!-- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Dog_breeds#Infobox_Dogbreed_template --><!-- for full explanation of the syntax used in this template. --><!-- End Infobox Dogbreed info. Article Begins Here -->The is a native, primitive Japanese breed
from Shikoku island
that is similar to a Shiba Inu
. The Shikoku is not a recognized breed of the American Kennel Club
, but it is recognized by the Japanese Kennel Club, an organization recognized by AKC as an official foreign registry (AKC recognizes the Shiba Inu
, however). The Shikoku is also in the Canadian Kennel Club
Hound group and the United Kennel Club, awaiting full recognition. In 1937 the Japanese Crown
recognized the Shikoku dog as a living "natural monument" of Japan.
Comparison to other Japanese breeds
The Shikoku is one of the native Japanese breeds intermediate in size between the large Akita Inu
and the small Shiba Inu
; all are within the Spitz
family of dogs. The Shikoku was bred mainly for hunting deer and boar in the mountainous districts of Kochi Prefecture. It is sometimes called "Kochi-ken" and, along with the Kai dog, referred to as a deerhound.
A study of the 1930s carried out by the Japanese... Read More