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Shikoku |Japan|

Shikoku |Japan|

The ancient Shikoku developed in the remote mountains of Kochi, on the Japanese island of Shikoku, with little influence from any other breeds. The dogs developed in two lines: the Eastern Shikoku and the Western Shikoku. In each line, there were various types. During the twentieth century, the Japanese Dog Protective League was established to preserve Japanese breeds and prevent them being influenced by European breeds. Three varieties of the breed are recognized today: the Awa, the Hongawa, and the Hata, each named after the area where it was bred.

Shikoku |Japan| Shikoku |Japan|
From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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