Shikoku

Toshiya ♂

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SHIKOKU STANDARD #319

ORIGIN: Japan.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD: 30.10.2016.

UTILIZATION: Hunting dog, companion.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION:
Group 5 Spitz and primitive type.
Section 5 Asian Spitz and related
breeds.
Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: This breed goes back to
medium-sized dogs that existed in Japan in ancient times. The
Shikoku was bred as a hunting dog, mainly for hunting boar in the
mountainous districts of Kochi Prefecture. It is sometimes called
« Kochi-ken » (ken = dog). There were three varieties of this breedAwa, Hongawa and Hata-all named after the area where they were
bred. Among them, the Hongawa maintained the highest degree of
purity, because the breeding area was not easily accessible.
These dogs are tough and sufficiently agile to run through a
montainous region. They are characterized by their sesame coloured
coats. The breed took on the name of the region and was designated
as a « natural monument » in 1937.

GENERAL APPEARANCE: A medium-sized dog with well
balanced and well developed clean cut muscles. It has pricked ears
and a curled or sickle tail. Conformation : strong, well-boned and
compact.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS: The ratio of height at withers to
length of body is 10 : 11.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: A dog of marked endurance,
keen in sense with a naive feeling, energetic and highly alert; an
enthusiastic hunter; docile towards his master.

HEAD

CRANIAL REGION:
Skull: Forehead broad.
Stop: Shallow, but defined.

FACIAL REGION:
Nose: Black.
Muzzle: Rather long, wedge-shaped. Nasal bridge straight.
Lips: Tight.
Jaws/Teeth: Teeth strong, with a scissor bite.
Cheeks: Well developed.
Eyes: Nearly triangular, not too small, and dark brown in colour.
The outer corners of the eyes are slightly upturned.
Ears: Small, triangular, slightly inclining forward and firmly pricked.

NECK: Thick and powerful.
BODY:
Withers: High, well developed.
Back: Straight and strong.
Loin: Broad and muscular.
Chest: Deep, ribs well sprung.
Belly: Slightly tucked up.

TAIL: Set on high, thick and carried over the back vigorously curled
or curved like a sickle. The tip nearly reaches the hocks when let
down.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulders: Moderately sloping with developed muscles.
Upper arm: Forming a moderate angle with shoulder blade.
Elbow: Set close to the body.
Forearm: Straight and clean cut.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Slightly oblique.
Feet: Tightly closed with well arched toes. Pads thick and elastic.
Nails hard and black or dark in colour.

HINDQUARTERS:
General appearance: Powerful, with muscles well developed.
Hocks: Moderately angulated and very tough.
Feet: Tightly closed with well arched toes. Pads thick and elastic.
Nails hard and black or dark in colour.

GAIT / MOVEMENT: Resilient and light. Action is quick and
turning is possible.

COAT

Hair: Outer coat rather harsh and straight, undercoat soft and dense.
The hair on the tail is rather long.

Colour: Sesame (well mixture of black, red and white hairs in
whole.), red, black and tan.

SIZE:
Height at withers:
Males 52 cm.
Females 49 cm.
There is a tolerance of + 3 cm.

FAULTS: Any departure from the foregoing points should be
considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be
regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect
upon the health and welfare of the dog.
• Lack of sexual dimorphism.
• Slightly overshot or undershot mouth.
• Long hair.
• Shyness.
• Pinto colour.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS:
• Aggressive or overly shy.
• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
• Extremely overshot or undershot mouth.
• Ears not pricked.
• Hanging tail, short tail.

N.B.:
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation, should be used for breeding.