Description FCI shikoku standard NIPPO shikoku standard JKC shikoku standard

Standard 4

Standard 5
General appearance and characteristics 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.        
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 and skull Skull : Forehead broad.
Stop : Shallow, but defined.
Nose Black        
Muzzle Rather long, wedge-shaped. Nasal bridge straight.        
Lips Tight        
Jaws/Teeth Teeth strong, with a scissor bite.        
Cheeks Well developed.        
Eyes Relatively small, triangular, set well apart, dark brown in colour.        
Ears Small, triangular, slightly inclining forward and firmly pricked.        
Neck Thick and powerful.        
Body Withers : High, well developed.
Back : Straight and strong.
Loins : Broad and muscular.
Chest : Deep, ribs well sprung.
Belly : Well 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.        
Forequarters Shoulders : Moderately sloping with developed muscles.
Elbows : Set close to the body.
Forearms : Straight and clean cut.
Pasterns : Slightly inclining.
Hindquarters Powerful, with muscles well developed.
Hocks : Moderately angulated and very tough.
Ears Small, triangular, slightly inclining forward and firmly pricked.        
Feet Tightly closed with well arched toes. Pads hard and elastic. Nails hard and black or dark in color.        
Gait / Movement Resilient, with rather narrow strides, but 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.        
Coat / Color Sesame, black sesame and red sesame.        
Size Dogs 52 cm
Bitches 46 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.
- Bitchy dogs/doggy bitches.
- Slightly overshot or undershot mouth.
- Long hair.
- Shyness.
Eliminating Faults - Aggressive or overly shy.
- Extremely overshot or undershot bite.
- - Ears not pricked.
- Hanging tail, short tail.
- Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.