The Shikoku shares some similar physical characteristics with other Japanese breeds like the Shiba Inu and Akita Inu, including pointed ears and curled tail which are classic traits of Spitz dogs. It is smaller than the Akita, but larger than the Shiba Inu.
The coat is rather course and straight on the outside with a soft, dense undercoat. The coat may be colored sesame, red sesame or black sesame and Black&Tan. In reality, the breed has various shades due to the mixture of white, red and black hair.
Characteristic features include “Urajiro“: white spots on the face and chest.
This breed does not lose hair except during the moulting period (usually in spring and autumn). Its coat does not smell and therefore it does not need frequent washing.
It has a an agile, light and stylish gait;, it looks like a mountain goat when it runs, with short, quick steps that allow fast changes of direction.
It is a muscular dog that does not have a tendancy to gain weight.