One of the best aspects of the America’s Family Pet Expo was the opportunity to get acquainted with a wide variety of interesting breeds. You may not know this about me, but I’m a huge fan of spitz dogs – especially the Japanese and Korean breeds like the Akita and Jindo. (My other BFF, besides Toki, happens to be a sweet Akita mix.)
So you can imagine how delighted I was to meet the Shikoku Ken, a Japanese spitz breed native to Shikoku Island.
This medium-sized dog falls somewhere between the Akita and the Shiba Inu in size. Originally used to hunt boar in the mountains of Kochi, the dogs are naturally brave, but cautious . . . tough, agile, and energetic, but calm and quiet indoors. Like other native Japanese breeds, the Shikoku can be somewhat stubborn and independent, and aloof to those outside of its family. (Yes, just like a cat.) These characteristics can either be a source of frustration, or a source of pleasure, depending on the person!
And here are some of the other dogs that I met at the expo.
The Korean Jindo . . . (demure)
The Japanese Akita-Inu . . . (what a plush puppy!)
And the Shiba-Inu (foxy!) . . .
I love all dogs, and especially mutts (yeah, Toki!) but I also find that there are certain breeds that I just gravitate towards . . . What are yours, and what do you love about them?
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