Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: Male: 8-10, Female: 7-9
Height: Male: 18-22, Female: 17-20
Origin of Name: The Shikoku or Kōchi-ken is a Japanese breed of dog from Shikoku island.
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Shikoku resembles the medium-sized dogs present in Japan in ancient times. He was reared primarily as a Hunting Dog for boar hunting in the hilly districts of Kochi province. They are also sometimes called Kochi-ken (ken = dog). There were three varieties of this breed, Awa, Hongwa and Hata, all named after the region where they were born. Among them, Hongwa maintained the highest purity because the breeding area was not easily accessible.
These dogs are tough and agile enough to walk in a mountainous area. He is characterized by his mole-colored coat. The breed took the name of the area and in 1937 was designated as a natural monument.