Shikoku dog

USD $500-$800 Price Avg.

Companion Dogs



Breed Type

Large, Medium


10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Companion Dogs
Popularity/Rank 210
Origin Japan
Other Names Japanese Wolfdog, Kochi-ken, Mikawa Inu, Shikoku dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $500-$800
How much does it cost to buy a Shikoku dog?
Shikoku dog are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $500 to $800 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Shikoku dogs can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large, Medium
Weight Male: 35-50 pounds (16-23 kg),
Female: 30-45 pounds (14-20 kg)
Height Male: 18-20 inches (46-51 cm),
Female: 17-19 inches (43-48 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Companionship
Date of Origin 18th century
Ancestry Japanese

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Soft
Coat Colors Black, Black & Tan, Cream
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Amber, Hazel, Blue
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Tan, Red, Pink, Blue
Coat Color Possibilities Black, White, Red, Sesame, Cream, Fawn, Silver, Blue, Brindle
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Medium
Coat Texture Smooth
Recommended Brushes Slicker brush, Pin brush, Undercoat rake, Shedding blade, Nail clippers, Grooming scissors.
Brushing Frequency Once or twice a week

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Agile, Brave, Cautious, Energetic, Intelligent, Loyal
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 30 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3/4 cup
Daily Cost $20-$30
Monthly Cost $50-$100


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Shikoku dog have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Shikoku dog is a medium-sized breed of Japanese origin that is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and agility. This breed has a unique appearance with a long, thick coat that can be either black or red in color. The Shikoku dog has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years and typically weighs between 25 and 35 pounds.

The Shikoku dog has a friendly personality and loves to be around people. They are very loyal to their owners and will often follow them around the house. They are also very intelligent dogs that can learn commands quickly.

Shikoku dogs are generally friendly with other dogs, children, and other animals. However, they may become aggressive if they feel threatened or if they do not receive proper socialization as puppies. It is important to provide your Shikoku dog with plenty of socialization opportunities so that they can learn how to interact properly with other animals and people.

The temperament of the Shikoku dog is generally calm but alert when necessary. They are not overly active but do enjoy playing games such as fetch or tug-of-war with their owners. They also love going on walks or hikes in the outdoors where they can explore new sights and smells while getting some exercise at the same time!

The health of the Shikoku dog is generally good but there are some health issues that may arise due to their genetic makeup such as hip dysplasia or eye problems like cataracts or glaucoma. It is important to keep up with regular vet visits so any potential health issues can be caught early on before becoming more serious problems down the road.

The adaptability level of the Shikoku dog is high which makes them great pets for families who move frequently or who live in apartments since these dogs do not require much space for exercise purposes! The benefits of having a Shikoku dog as a pet include their intelligence which makes them easy to train; their loyalty which makes them great companions; their agility which allows them to participate in activities such as agility courses; and lastly, their friendly personalities make them great family pets!


The Shikoku is a rare and ancient Japanese breed of dog that is now on the brink of extinction. There are less than 300 Shikoku dogs remaining in the world, and the majority of them live in Japan. The breed is not well-known outside of Japan, and it is considered to be one of the most endangered dog breeds in the world.

The Shikoku dog breed dates back to the 8th century AD, making it one of the oldest breeds of dogs in existence. The breed was named after the island of Shikoku, where they were first bred. The Shikoku was originally bred for hunting boar and deer, and they were prized for their courage and strength.

During World War II, the Shikoku breed nearly became extinct due to a lack of food on the island of Shikoku. Many dogs were killed during the war, and those that survived were often sold or given away to soldiers stationed on the island. After the war ended, there was a renewed interest in the Shikoku breed, and efforts were made to preserve and protect them.

Today, there are less than 300 Shikoku dogs remaining in existence. The majority of these dogs live in Japan, with a small number living in other countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United States. The Shikoku is still considered to be one of the most endangered dog breeds in the world.