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Shikoku Ken Discussion
A few questions about Shikoku care
Hey all,
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As mentioned previously, my FiancÚ and I are planning on getting a dog in about a year or two when we are working less hours in the day. We are strongly considering a Shikoku, for a number of reasons (happy to discuss if anyone has any questions), but have a few questions in regards to ownership, which I haven't been able to fully find anywhere on the internet.
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How much space at home do you generally recommend for Shikoku Ken? I assume you would recommend a fenced backyard?
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We have read that Shikoku can be head strong, and require good leadership, as well as that they are quick learners and do well with obedience training. Assuming a Shikoku gets good exercise, and is trained appropriately, are Shikoku generally destructive dogs (of course with the understanding that each dog is unique)? For example, growing up I had a Portuguese Water Dog that could do every trick under the sun, and could be walked off leash, but if he was out of sight, would destroy every cushion or upholstered object available to him. I am curious, because I haven't seen this mentioned and know that the Shikoku cousin, Shiba Inu can be a very destructive dog.
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Lastly, because we are still learning about Shikoku Ken, and they are not a common breed, and because we are not looking to purchase immediately, we would like to start building a relationship with breeders. We live in New York, so we would primarily be looking to reach out to the North American Shikoku Kennels. On the website, it appears that there are three breeders in the USA, but I don't know how updated the website is. If possible, we would appreciate some help so that I am neither pestering anyone, nor burning energy reaching out to a kennel that no longer exists. It appears that Airreyelis is still active, but is O'Ikon still in Ohio, or are they now in North Carolina (I have an interview in Cincinnati coming up)? And is Otakasaka still active; I can't seem to find their website?
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Sorry for the wall of text. Thank you in advance to those who have the time and patience to answer our questions.
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