Overview: The Akita originated from the Akita region in Japan, and this breed is more than 3000 years old. The Akita has captured the hearts of the Japanese people for many years now.
Akitas are seen as the national dogs of Japan where they have also been selected as a Natural Monument. This breed is used as guard dogs, fighting dogs and hunters - and also to perform army and guard work. The Akita is a very good hunting dog, and they are also able to hunt in deep snow. Akitas captured the hearts of the Japanese people.
Breed group: Working. Weight: Males 75-120 lbs, Females 75-110 lbs.
Height: Males 26-28 inches, Females 24-26 inches
Temperament: This is a breed that thrives on human attention. The Akita is a very loyal dog - but they can be wary of strangers at times. Akitas are bright dogs that do not show a lot of fear. This is a dog that will protect its family and territory fiercely - and they can be very aggressive towards other animals.
These dogs do very well as guard dogs, but owners will be happy to know that they do not bark excessively. Seeing that the Akitas love human companionship, they will not stand out in an environment where both owners work. It is advised that potential owners have some experience in dog ownership as this breed can show some aggression toward other dogs. The Akita is quick to respond, very noble and also a very brave dog.
Care: Akitas require a fair amount of grooming in order to keep their coats in a good condition. These dogs should be brushed with a hair brush daily. A gentle shampoo should be used to bathe these dogs with, but only when really necessary. If the shampoo is not gentle enough, it might strip their coats from its natural oils.
Training: Akitas should have thorough training sessions. It is vital for these dogs to be submitted to sufficient socialization and obedience training. It is also very important that the owners of these dogs establish their dominance; otherwise these dogs will try to take control. The Akita will not do well if there are treated in a heavy-handed manner. These dogs should be handled in a patient and kind manner that is also steady. Akitas are fairly easy to housetrain.
Health problems: The Akita tends to suffer from conditions such as hip dysphasia, thyroid autoimmune thyroiditis. They also have problems with immune diseases like VKH and Pemphigus, and at times they struggle with skin problems like SA and eyes patella.
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