Shikki (Yorkshire Terrier)
The name “shikki” comes from the word “shi”, which means dog. However, it’s not just any old dog; it’s a breed of dogs called the shiba inu. They’re Japanese foxhounds with a bit of a different look than other breeds. These dogs have been bred to be friendly, loyal, and obedient.
They’re very popular among families because they’re so good at their jobs!
In Japan, these dogs are known as “koban”. In English, the term “yorkshire terrier” refers to all types of the breed.
But what exactly is a shikki?
A shikki is basically a small dog that looks like a miniature version of its larger cousins. Some shikki are smaller than others, but most will measure between 15 inches and 24 inches tall. Most shikki weigh between 5 pounds and 8 pounds.
Some of the characteristics that make them unique include:
They’re usually white or tan colored with black markings. Their eyes may be brown, blue, gray, green or hazel. They’ll often have a tufted tail and curly ears. They might even sport some type of facial hair or whiskers!
Shikkii are very lively and playful. They’re alert, observant and very obedient.
Shikki eat just about anything but thrive on dog food.
They usually live long lives, especially if they eat a healthy diet.
Their fur has a unique texture that’s hard to find elsewhere.
Since they shed very little to no hair, they’re popular among people who suffer from allergies.
They have compact bodies and short legs.
They’re very fast when they want to be!
Shikki are known for having explosive bursts of speed. They can chase down most types of prey with ease. Hunters who own these dogs are often able to easily catch a variety of different prey, from rabbits to deer.
Shikki were bred in the mountains, so they’re comfortable living in rugged terrain. They can easily scale steep rock faces and maneuver difficult mountain trails with ease.
They’re very balanced and in tune with their surroundings. No matter where they are, they feel confident and have full control over their movements. For this reason, they can often outmaneuver larger opponents by dodging attacks and sneaking away.
While it’s not common for them to do so, some shikki will stand their ground when faced with a threat. They attack by leaping and diving at their enemies.
Their compact bodies help them to move quickly from one target to the next. Some hunters even use them for racing.
Shikki have a powerful jaw that can easily grip onto prey. They usually take down large prey with a well-timed lunge or quick snap of the jaws.
These dogs are fearless in the face of danger. They won’t hesitate to attack a much larger foe if they feel threatened or if their family is in danger.
Shikki are very loyal and protective when it comes to their family. They get along well with children and are usually indifferent to strangers, though it’s not unusual for them to bark at new people or animals they encounter.
Due to their hunting instincts, they might chase anything that runs from them. This could be dangerous if they decide to go after a vehicle!
Much like huskies, shikki were bred to work all day. Most of them have a tremendous amount of energy and need to constantly burn it off. If they don’t get the chance to play or exercise, they’ll become bored and destructive.
Shikki are very expressive. They tend to smile a lot and always seem to be happy. When they’re in pain or upset about something, they’ll usually pout or frown.
They tend to be quiet dogs. They rarely bark at something and will only do so if they feel it’s a threat to their family. At the same time, they’re quick to growl or snarl if they feel provoked.
If strangers approach when the owner isn’t home, most shikki will hide until they leave before coming back out. They’ll also keep an eye on the area until they’re sure nothing is there anymore.
If they’re in a bad situation (like being abused), they’ll take the first opportunity to escape. It’s not unusual for people to find that their shikki has fled from home. They’re escape artists that will squeeze under, go over or dig under just about any barrier you put in front of them.
Due to their breeding, they have a tendency to run off. Even if they don’t, many of them will try to wander off at the first chance they get.
Most people never really train their shikki to obey commands or stay on a leash. This makes it even harder to keep track of them since they’ll quickly run off whenever they get the chance to do so.
Shikki aren’t typically used for work like other herding dogs are. They’re bred more for looks than anything else. As a result, people usually don’t have the patience to train them or keep them confined.
Because they’re so small, it’s easy for a shikki to be hurt if someone is leaning back on the leash too tightly. It’s important that their collar isn’t adjusted too tightly and that they’re walking on a loose leash.
Shikki are very active dogs that need plenty of exercise and playtime every day. If they don’t get this, they’ll act out in ways that their owners won’t like.
Shikki are very loyal to their owners and will defend them with the same courage that they display when hunting. The breeds are generally not very aggressive, but they will stand their ground if they feel threatened.
These dogs are usually very friendly with children and tend to like everyone.
Sources & references used in this article:
The Yorkshire Terrier by J Biniok – 2009 – books.google.com
The Everything Small Dogs Book: Choose the Perfect Dog to Fit Your Living Space by K Salzberg – 2005 – books.google.com
Complete Puppy & Dog Care: What every dog owner needs to know by B Fogle – 2014 – books.google.com
The Dog Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance by D Brunner, S Stall – 2004 – books.google.com
Tails from the Afterlife: Stories of Signs, Messages & Inspiration from your Animal Companions by K Robinett – 2018 – books.google.com