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Akita is a large and powerful Bree d dog with a noble and intimidating presence. They were originally used to guard the royal family and nobility in feudal Japan. These dogs also tracked and hunted wild boar, black bear, and sometimes deer.

Akita does not retreat in front of difficulties and is not afraid. Hence, they are fearless and loyal guardians of their families. However, they also become affectionate, respectful and funny dogs when properly trained and socialized.

Akita inevitably spills quite a bit, and you can wipe the drool off their face if you bring one home. Of course, the hosts should be prepared for some cleaning. Plus, they tend to be stubborn and don't like strangers too much. While these can be good qualities for a watchdog, they will need an experienced trainer if interacting with other animals or people. Beware of newbies.

Nevertheless, dogs of this breed are faithful companions who will be attached to the right person for life and shower him with adoration and love. So if you and your family are up for the challenge and think about getting an Akita, you will have a lifelong friend who won't let you down.

More about the breed

Akita is a large, brave dog with a distinctly powerful appearance: a large head as opposed to small triangular eyes; and a confident, solid position. The mere presence of a strong Akita serves as a deterrent to most who can cause trouble.

This breed is renowned for its unwavering loyalty to its owners, and they can be surprisingly sweet and gentle with family members. Imagine a loving protector who will follow you from room to room, and his whole mission in life seems to be simply to serve you.

Akita is brave, the natural guardian of her family. Stubborn and wayward, they will not give up when faced with a challenge. They usually don't bark unless there is a good reason, but they are vocal, making funny mooing, moaning and mumbling. Some owners say the Akita is muttering to himself and seems to be talking to himself, while others say the Akita offers his or her opinion on everything from how to load the dishwasher to when to put the kids to bed. ...

While these charming "speaking" traits are evident in the family, the Akita is often aloof and silent with visitors. They are naturally wary of strangers, although they will be quite hospitable to a guest while their hosts are at home.

Socializing an Akita puppy (or retraining an adult dog) to interact with friendly people as much as possible can help mitigate their alertness, although the Akita will always be an Akita - a decent and low-key figure, not a party-goer.

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One of the distinguishing features of the Akita is its mouths. Akita loves to wear things in his mouth, including your wrist. This is not an act of aggression, but simply a way for Akita to communicate with those they love. They may take you on a leash because they want to take a walk, for example, or act on any number of other ideas that come to their minds.

Many wearers are fascinated by Akita mouths, but if you find it annoying, just give your Akita a job that includes wearing something. They will gladly bring you a newspaper or slippers, take mail or even those keys that you keep losing.

Akita also displays unusual grooming habits, licking her body like a cat. And this is not their only "feline" trait: like tigers, they silently pursue their prey, low to the ground. It is not a dog that growls or barks warningly before taking action.

At 45 kilograms or more, Akita has great muscle strength. This is a dominant breed and the Akita will want to dominate you. Proper training is very important and training must be provided by the owner. Since the Akita is devoted to her loyalty, the bond between owner and dog should not be disturbed by boarding the dog with a handler.

Before getting an Akita, it's important to take the time to learn how to train this particular breed. Akita does not respond well to harsh teaching methods. If you train respectfully, your dog will respect you in turn.

But be prepared for the training to take longer than other breeds. Although Akita is very intelligent, stubborn willfulness is part of their personality that can interfere with training and get in the way of them. The best results are obtained by doing a lot of homework on how to exercise before taking your Akita home with you. This is not a timid breed.

The headstrong and purposeful Akita is also, despite his public restraint, a very sociable pet who needs a lot of time with his family. They don't do well as a house dog. Companionship holding hands with loyalty is the essence of this breed. Forcing them to live on the street without the help of their family is to deny the very essence of the Akita breed. A lonely and bored Akita can become destructive and aggressive.

Akita is not recommended for dog owners, for the first time, for those who want a doggy, or for those who do not wish to take responsibility. But for owners who can and will invest the time and effort in research and proper training, the reward is a wonderful, intelligent companion with unwavering loyalty.

In addition to all other considerations, choosing an Akita means deciding which side of the dispute you want to take. This controversy is "split" and refers to the Japanese or American breed standard.

The Japanese Akita is much smaller, both in height and in weight, than the American Akita - 13 or more kilograms lighter. Their fox head is clearly different from the broad head of the American breed. The Japanese Akita has almond-shaped eyes, while the American Akita has triangular eyes. The black mask is very popular with American Akitas, but is considered a disqualifying factor in Japan, where facial markings are white.

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If you would like your dog to compete in any of the American Kennel Club events, a black mask means that the dog has been bred to American standards and will be allowed to compete. In fact, in America any color is allowed on the Akita; in Japan, only red, white and some brindle are allowed.

The differences between the types are so great that it would seem that division is best for the breed. It seems that there are as many supporters of the split as there are those who are categorically against it. The decision about which standard to choose should only be made after careful research and is largely a matter of personal taste.

Akita's natural hunting skills are well suited for a variety of activities. They still hunt today and can keep big game at bay until the hunter arrives. They can also catch water birds. They are good at tracking, and their feline movements make them agile. Akita owners are increasingly surprising those skeptics who believe that the nature of the Akita interferes with success in this field. While it's true that the breed's stubbornness can make it difficult to train, Akitas and their owners are taking ribbons home as more people discover the thrill of working with this dog.

Peculiarities

To get a healthy pet, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy factory or pet store. Find a rescue or shelter that will vaccinate, provide veterinary care and require applicants to meet with the dogs to make sure they are suitable for their potential forever family.

  • Akita can behave aggressively with other dogs and is especially prone to aggression of the same sex. They will need socialization training to overcome these tendencies.
  • Akita is not the best choice for novice dog owners.
  • Positive socialization and consistent, firm training are essential for Akita. If mistreated or mistreated, they often react aggressively.
  • Akita will chase other pets in the house if not properly trained.
  • Sheds for Akita - a lot!
  • Prolonged eye contact is considered a problem for Akitas, and they can react aggressively.
  • Training a wayward Akita can be challenging and requires understanding, experience, and patience. It is best to work with a trainer familiar with the breed, but be sure to take part in the training yourself.

History

Akita is named after the Akita province in northern Japan, where they are believed to have originated from. The Akita's known existence dates back to the 1600s, when the breed guarded the Japanese royal family and was used to hunt birds and big game (including bears).

This valiant breed was brought to America by a woman of considerable stature: Helen Keller. The Japanese held Helen Keller in high regard and took her to Shibuya to show her a statue of Hachiko, an Akita who achieved worldwide fame in the 1920s for her dedication. Hachiko's owner, a professor, came home from work every day at 15:00, and his loyal dog met him every day at the train station. When the professor died, the faithful Hachiko continued his daily vigil until his own death a full decade later.

When Helen Keller expressed a desire to have an Akita for herself, she was presented with a puppy, the first Akita brought to America. Keller was in awe of Kamikaze-go and was deeply saddened when he died of the plague at a young age. Upon hearing this news, the Japanese government officially presented her with Kamikaze's older brother, Kenzan-go. Keller later wrote that the Kamikaze was "an angel in fur" and the Akita breed was "gentle, friendly and reliable."

After World War II, returning American troops stationed in Japan brought in even more Akitas. Thomas Boyd is credited with creating the first Akita breeder for puppy production in the United States, beginning in 1956. The American Akita eventually developed into a sturdier dog than the Japanese Akita and was appreciated by many for this reason.

But there were also those who wanted to stay true to Japanese standards. This split sparked years of struggles that delayed adoption by the American Kennel Club. Eventually, the AKC took over the Akita Club of America in 1972, but the rift is still wide and is a major concern for Akita fans on both sides.

What is never discussed is the historical and famous combination of the Akita's fearlessness and dedication. These traits were once tested at London Zoo when a Sumatran tiger cub was left an orphan. The zoo needed special help in raising the cub, and for this important task they chose an Akita puppy. They knew that Akita would not be intimidated and would be able to participate in a game that would help the tiger to learn the necessary life lessons. What's more, the thick fur of the Akita will protect him from sharp claws, and the puppy's innate loyalty to his playmate will provide the coveted companionship and protection of the bewildered orphan cub. Akita successfully fulfilled this role and "quit" work when the tiger reached almost adulthood.

This is a truly fearless, confident dog that will demonstrate unwavering loyalty to the family.

The size

The growth of males is from 66 to 71 centimeters, and the weight is from 38 to 59 kilograms. Females are 60 to 66 centimeters tall and weigh 31 to 50 kilograms.

Personality

Akita is a brave and wayward dog, naturally fearful of strangers, but extremely loyal to his family. They are alert, smart and courageous. They tend to be aggressive towards other dogs, especially their own sex. They are best suited for a single dog household.

In the family, Akita is affectionate and playful. They enjoy family interactions and want to participate in daily activities. They are chatty and love to carry toys and household items with them. Despite the popular belief that they never bark, in fact they are noisy, grumble, moan - and, yes, they bark if they think the situation calls for it.

Keep in mind that the strong nature of the Akita can be overwhelming. They are not suitable for the beginner and not for the timid. They need a master who can provide firm and loving discipline.

Activity is essential for this active breed. They need a lot of exercise to keep them from getting bored and in turn destructive.

Naturally protective Akitas tend to become aggressive if allowed, or if not properly raised. Akita training is important, as is proper socialization from an early age. Keep in mind that this breed is stubborn, so extra patience is needed to teach them the correct canine manners.

Health

Akitas are generally healthy, but like all dog breeds, they are prone to certain conditions and diseases.

  • Hip dysplasia is an inherited disorder in which the hip bone does not fit snugly against the hip joint. Some dogs show pain and lameness in one or both hind legs, but others show no outward signs of discomfort. (X-ray screening is the most reliable way to diagnose the problem.) In any case, arthritis can develop as the dog ages. Dogs with hip dysplasia should not be bred. Reputable breeders prove that parents have been tested for hip dysplasia and have no problem.
  • Volvulus, commonly called bloating, is a life-threatening condition that affects large, deep-chested dogs such as the Akita. This is especially problematic if they eat once a day, eat quickly, drink plenty of water after meals, and exercise vigorously after meals. Bloating occurs when the stomach is distended with gas or air and then twisted. The dog cannot burp or vomit to flush out the excess air in the stomach, and it is difficult for blood to return to the heart normally. The blood pressure drops and the dog goes into shock. The dog can die without immediate medical attention. Suspect bloating if your dog has bloating, excessive salivation, and vomiting, but not vomiting. They can also be restless, depressed, lethargic, and weak, showing a rapid heart rate. It is important to get your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
  • Hypothyroidism is a disease of the thyroid gland. It is believed to be responsible for conditions such as epilepsy, alopecia (hair loss), obesity, lethargy, hyperpigmentation, pyoderma, and other skin conditions. It is treated with medicines and diet.
  • Retinal p atrophy rogressive (ARP) is a family of eye diseases that involve the progressive deterioration of the retina. In the early stages of the disease, affected dogs lose night blindness; they lose sight during the day as the disease progresses. Many affected dogs will adapt well to their limited or lost vision if their environment remains the same.
  • Sebaceous adenitis (SA) is a serious problem for Akitas. This genetic disorder is difficult to diagnose and is often mistaken for hypothyroidism, allergies, or other conditions. When a dog has SA, the sebaceous glands of the skin become inflamed (for unknown reasons) and eventually collapse. These glands usually produce sebum - a secretion of fat that helps prevent the skin from drying out. Symptoms usually first appear when the dog is one to five years old: affected dogs usually have dry, scaly skin and hair loss on the top of the head, neck, and back. In severely affected dogs, the skin may have thickening and an unpleasant odor, as well as secondary skin infections. Although the problem is primarily cosmetic, it can be uncomfortable for the dog. Your veterinarian will perform a skin biopsy if AS is suspected and then discuss the various treatment options with you.

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Care

Akita is happiest and most at home when she lives with her family. This breed is not hyper, but they need daily exercise. Akita needs from 30 minutes to an hour a day; brisk walks, jogging (for an adult dog over two years old) and fidgeting in the yard are favorite activities. A visit to a dog park is probably not the best idea given the Akita's aggressive propensity for other dogs.

Due to the high intelligence of this breed, a varied daily routine is best suited. What you don't need is a bored Akita. This leads to behavioral problems such as barking, digging, chewing and aggression. Include Akita in family activities and do not leave them alone for long.

A securely fenced yard is also important both for the safety of the Akita and for the safety of outsiders who may mistakenly enter their territory. While they are usually not aggressive towards visitors if their family is at home, all bets will not be accepted if their owners are not around. Akita is a loyal guardian and they will protect against anything they consider a threat.

Special care must be taken when raising an Akita puppy. These dogs grow very quickly between four and seven months of age, making them susceptible to bone disease. They do well on a quality, low-calorie diet that keeps them from growing too quickly. Also, do not let your Akita puppy run or play on a hard surface such as a sidewalk; normal grass play is normal. Avoid forced jumping or running on hard surfaces until the dog is two years old and his joints are fully formed.

Nutrition

Recommended daily intake: 3 to 5 cups of high quality dry food per day.

NOTE. How much your adult dog eats depends on its size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. Dogs are as individual as humans, and not all of them need the same amount of food. It goes without saying that a very active dog will need more than a house dog. The quality of the dog food you buy also matters - the better the dog food, the further it will feed your dog and the less you will need to pour into the dog's bowl.

Talk to your veterinarian about making a diet that is right for your dog.

Coat color and care

The American Akita has many different colors and color combinations, including black, white, chocolate, color combinations and white or brindle. Akita has a double coat, and the undercoat is very thick and fluffy; the top cover is short.

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In general, taking care of Akita is not so difficult. But the Akita is very unwell, so frequent vacuuming will become your new lifestyle if you choose this breed. Akita fur can be found on furniture, clothing, utensils, food, and will form myriads of dust rabbits on floors and carpets. Stronger molt occurs two to three times a year. Brushing your teeth weekly helps reduce hair in your home and keeps plush Akita coats healthy.

Despite the habit of grooming itself, the Akita also needs a bath every three months or so. Of course, more often than not, it's okay if your dog is lying in a puddle of mud or in something unpleasant. Nails should be trimmed once a month and ears should be checked once a week for contamination, redness, or an unpleasant odor that could indicate an infection. Also, wipe your ears weekly with a cotton swab dipped in a mild pH-balanced ear cleaner to prevent problems.

As with all breeds, it is important to start caring for your Akitas at an early age. If your Akita puppy becomes a big and wayward adult, then caring for him will be pleasant and soothing.

Children and other pets

Adults should always be in control of the interactions between dogs and children, and this is especially true with this breed. No child has a more faithful guardian and playmate than an Akita, but abuse can become a burden and even endanger your child's life. It is imperative to train young people to be respectful and kind in all relationships with dogs. Always watch out for play between dogs and children, even with well trained dogs.

However, Akita is suitable for families with older children. However, they usually have to live in a single pet house because they can be aggressive towards other dogs and will chase other pets if not trained properly.

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