The Shikoku (四国犬, Shikoku-ken) or Kōchi-ken (高知犬) is a Japanese breed of dog from Shikoku island that is similar to a Shiba Inu. The Shikoku was recently added as recognized breed of the American Kennel Club as an AKC FSS (Foundation Stock Service) standard, it is recognized by the Japan Kennel Club, an organization recognized by AKC as an official foreign registry (AKC recognizes the Shiba Inu, however). The Shikoku is also in the Canadian Kennel Club Hound group and the United Kennel Club, awaiting full recognition. In 1937 the Japanese Crown recognized the Shikoku dog as a living "natural monument" of Japan.
Also known as
This breed is also called Japanese Wolfdog, Shikoku, Shikoku Dog, Shikoku Inu, Shikoku-Inu as well as 四国犬.
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