Dog Breeds

  • Shikoku Ken

    The medium-sized Shikoku Ken is compact and muscular. The breed has a thick, powerful neck, curled tail, pricked ears, and a keen, alert appearance.

  • Group: Asian and Oceanian
    Lifespan: 10–12 yr
    Height: 17–22 in
    Weight: 35–55 lb

  • Care

    An occasional bath and brushing are all the Shikoku Ken needs to stay clean. This breed's thick, fast-growing nails require regular trimming to avoid splitting, cracking, or becoming overgrown—which can be painful. Finally, all dogs benefit from a dental care routine that includes at-home teeth-brushing and professional dental cleanings.

    Shikoku Kens require moderate exercise—such as brisk walks, off-leash play, and games in fenced yards. Swimming, hiking, dog sports, and other high-intensity activities are also great options. And don't forget brain workouts! Hide-and-seek games and puzzle toys provide essential mental stimulation.

  • Disorders

    Always visit a professional veterinarian if you believe your dog may have health issues.