Shikoku Breed Maintenance
The Shikoku is a seasonal shedder and will shed heavily once or twice a year. Because of his dense double coat, the Shikoku is not hypoallergenic. It is a good idea to brush him at least once a week to keep his coat looking glossy and healthy. Brush him using a slicker brush, metal comb and during times of heavy shedding, a deshedder or undercoat rake. Do not over-bathe him; he does not have a strong smell. Bathing him every few months or even three times a year is sufficient. Use a mild shampoo that will not cause skin irritation. Be sure to check his ears weekly and clean as needed. Check his nails every few weeks and clip as needed. A nail grinder may be used if he is not fond of the nail clippers. Set up a dental routine to ensure he has strong teeth and healthy gums.