Shippo looks like the typical Inuzuka. He has wild hair that he covers with a ball cap. He is usually seen with hoodie and backpack. He has the distinctive red fang marks of the Inuzuka clan under his eyes.
Gurēmaru is Shippo's ninken puppy. He has a wolfish appearance with black fur along the puppy's paws, face, and belly. When not walking at his partner's feet, Gurēmaru can be found in Shippo's backpack.
Shippo's personality can best be described as primal. Normally a laid back person, he can have wild mood swings when provoked or excited. It would appear to others that he is driven by instincts more than logic, but he actually is quite smart when he needs to be. It is never a guarantee how he will react to someone new. Like a dog, he may take an instant liking to you or show distrust. He seems to judge people off instinct first which isn't always right.
Conversely, Gurēmaru seems to be the more human of the two, even without the ability to speak. The puppy often finds himself trying to calm Shippo down or remind him to train with sharp barks and even sharper teeth.
Shippo grew up in what others may call a branch family of the Inuzuka clan, although the family runs more like a pack than a rigid familial hierarchy. He is the middle child respected canine breeders Mimi and Jūkō Inuzuka. As a child, Shippo was watched over by his parents' own ninken which protected him and his older brother from outside threats during the warring period, although the pups were smart enough to not interfere in inter-family rough housing. Upon entrance into the recently founded Konoha ninja academy, Shippo began his training with raising, caring for, and fighting alongside the clan's ninken. Shortly before graduating from the academy, he was given a partner of his own, Gurēmaru, a puppy from the litter of his parents' ninken, a tradition within the branch of his family. The two were immediately inseparable.
Shippo and Gurēmaru strive to leave the shadow of his brother who seemed to excel at raising ninken on top of rapidly climbing through the ranks of the Konoha shinobi force. He is already well behind where his brother was at this point, but with Gurēmaru constant reminding to train it shouldn't take him long to catch up.
Combat Style Edit
Shippo has a primal fighting style represented in his use of the Four Legs technique. He focuses on hitting hard and running fast. By combining speed, strength, and coordination attacks with Gurēmaru, they hope to overwhelm the enemy with a barrage of attacks. The two find an odd entertainment in toying with their enemies slowly whittling them down with relentless attacks.
Iron-spiked Knuckle and Knee Pad
Shuriken and Kunai