While the Shikoku is adorable, there are some serious considerations in getting one. The first major one is that it’s very rare to find them outside of their native country, Japan! In fact, even in Japan, they’re unusual. If you come across someone claiming to have purebred Shikoku puppies, make sure you research them heavily, because they could be lying. They’re very expensive, and tend to run around $3000-4000.
They’re often mistaken for the Shiba Inu because they look very similar with their muscular bodies, pricked ears, and curled tail. The Shikoku, however, has a darker coat.
Shikoku – A Loyal Breed
They really love their owners. If you want a dog who’ll bond well to you and be a forever loyal companion, the Shikoku is a good choice. They’re actually very excited to learn and don’t possess much of a stubborn streak. It’s up to you to keep up with them! Make sure you’re constantly teaching them good manners and teaching them cool tricks can help you bond with them too. Just make sure to save the jumping tricks for when they’re fully grown, or you could do some damage. Puppies shouldn’t be jumping very high at all!
The main consideration with these intelligent, energetic dogs is that they don’t often love other animals. While this can be helped with extensive early socialization, that’s not foolproof. Chances are, your dog just won’t be the most social with other fluffy creatures. If you have other pets in the house, they may be a no-go. It can also be problematic for those who intend to rely on doggy daycare while they work.
Train and socialize your dog early and lots, but accept that it may not be in their nature to have certain desirable traits. When you do put the work into this dog you will quickly learn to love them.