Shikoku Breed Maintenance
This thick-coated canine is a seasonal shedder and will shed heavily once or twice a year. Because of their dense double coat, the Shikoku is not hypoallergenic. It is a good idea to brush them at least once a week to keep their coat looking glossy and healthy. Brush your dog using a slicker brush and metal comb. During times of heavy shedding, use a deshedder or undercoat rake. Do not over-bathe your companion; they do not have a strong smell. Bathing them 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 your pup's ears weekly and clean as needed. Check the nails every few weeks and clip as needed. A nail grinder may be used if your dog is not fond of the nail clippers. Set up a dental routine to ensure strong teeth and healthy gums.