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Shikoku (Kichu)

One of the medium sized spitz type dogs developed regionally in Japan.  Used originally as a boarhound it is related to Akita-ken and Shiba Inu-ken as well as other of similar types throughout the mountainous regions of Japan.

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Country of Origin: Japan
Original Function: Boarhound
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  • Why do you have Shikokus (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Shikoku?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Shikoku?
  • How would you describe the ideal Shikoku home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Shikoku?
  • How do you assist or help Shikoku in need of rescue?
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