|Barked: Sun Jan 3, '10 12:18pm PST |
|Okay guys - So we've had Sparky now for 5 months and he's absolutely won our hearts (as he tries to squeeze his big body underneath the sofa, which he has successfully done because he is Sparkoudini).
I've spent most of my afternoon reading and looking at pictures/videos and reading some more about the Shikoku. After Henry's mom pointing out that Sparky's coloring looks like a Kawakami, I've been curious if our Sparkster is really a shiba after all.
I personally have never seen a Shiba w/ his colors, as he is absolutely the darkest sesame I've ever seen. The Shikoku colors and markings look very similar to Sparks.
He's about 35lbs which is on the small size for a Shikoku male, but still within the standard. And the Shiba is averaged at 23lbs. Now Kobe is only 18lbs and very small for a Shiba male, but when I look at Kobe and Sparky together they look similar but also so different.
Also, I was reading on one breeders website about the difference in personality between the shiba and shikoku.
"Shikokus are not Shibas. The Shikoku is very submissive towards their master. They are friendly towards people...In some ways the Shikoku is much easier to handle than a Shiba. They are not as stubborn and independent as a Shiba...They are easy to show because they love to be touched..Tying up a Shikoku with a leash or line, even for a few minutes, is not a good idea. Your dog will be loose and running around searching for you or for something else to do."
All of these characteristics, Sparky has. Including liking to be touched and wanting affection and he is not independent at all compared to Kobe. Sparky can't bare being away from us, he is extremely loyal and wants to be at your side where ever you are.
Now I know some Shiba's can have these characteristics as well, but Kobe doesn't show any of these specific ones listed for the Shikoku.
Maybe I'm just looking into it too much. I'm not sure how Shikoku's breeding is tracked, but we have no clue where Sparky came from besides the family we got him from. They never gave us his pedigree (if he ever had one). And we have no clue what breeder he came from.
All I know is he's twice the size of Kobe, and just seems like a different type of dog. Not completely, but just enough for me to question.
I'll try to find a picture of a Shikoku and post a pic of Sparky side by side for comparison.
Just curious your opinions...as I'm thoroughly confused and debating a DNA test if its not too expensive.
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