The Akita is a large and muscular breed. They have a long body with a broad chest. Its head is triangular shaped with a short muzzle and teeth that meet in a scissor bite. Their tail is fluffy and curls over the dog’s back. The Akita’s coat can come in a variety of colors including white, red, and brindle. The Akita is a large and muscular breed of dog. They have a long body with a broad chest. Its head is triangular shaped with a short muzzle and teeth that meet in a scissor bite. Their tail is fluffy and curls over the dog’s back. There are two types of Akitas, the original Japanese Akita breed and now a separate designation for American standard Akitas. The weights and sizes are different and the American standard has a black mask, whereas the original Japanese breed standard does not. In Japan and in many other countries around the world the American Akita is considered a separate breed from the Akita Inu (Japanese Akita). In the United States and Canada, both the American Akita and the Akita Inu are considered a single breed with differences in type rather than two separate breeds.
The Akita is alert, intelligent, courageous, loyal and fearless. It is also careful and affectionate with its family. Although the Akita may tolerate and be good with children from their own family, they may not accept other children and may bite if teased. Due to their intelligent and spontaneous nature, the Akita needs a confident, firm, and consistent owner or the dog may become willful and aggressive to other dogs and animals. The Akita’s intelligence and alert nature also make them great guard dogs. The Akita requires the proper amount of daily mental and physical exercise to avoid becoming bored easily, which can lead to destructive behaviors.
The Akita will require firm training as a puppy making certain the owner(s) achieve pack leader status. It is a natural instinct for a dog to have an order in its pack. When humans live with dogs, we become their pack. The entire pack cooperates under a single leader. Lines are clearly defined. You and all other humans MUST be higher up in the order than the dog, especially a breed as dominant as the Akita. That is the only way your relationship can be a success.
If the dog is allowed to believe he is the leader over the humans he may become very food-possessive as he tells the humans to wait their turn. He eats first. Considered a first-class guard dog in Japan, Japanese mothers would often leave their children in the family Akita’s care. They are extremely loyal and thrive on firm leadership from their handlers. They should definitely be supervised with other household pets and children though. Although the breed may tolerate and be good with children from his own family, if you do not teach this dog he is below all humans in the pack order he may not accept other children and if teased, Akitas may bite.
Children must be taught to display leadership qualities and at the same time respect the dog. With the right type of owner, the proper amount of daily mental and physical exercise and firm training, they can make a fine pet. Obedience training requires patience, as these dogs tend to get bored quickly. The Akita needs to be with its family. It vocalizes with many interesting sounds, but it is not an excessive barker.
The Akita will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors but would do best with a large yard. The Akita needs moderate but regular exercise to stay in shape. It should be taken for long daily walks.
The Akita Inu is native to the island of Honshu in the region of Akita in Japan, where it has remained unchanged for centuries. The Akita Inu is considered a national dog of Japan and is one of seven breeds designated as a Natural Monument. The breed has had many uses, such as police and military work, a guard dog (government and civilian), a fighting dog, a hunter of bear and deer and a sled dog. The Akita Inu is a versatile hunting dog, able to hunt in inclement weather. The Akita’s soft mouth makes it possible for him to work as a waterfowl retrieval dog as well.
The dog is considered sacred and a good luck charm in the country of Japan. Small statues of the Akita Inu are often given to new parents after babies are born as a gesture of good health and to sick people as a gesture of a speedy recovery. In 1937 the first Akita, who was named Kamikaze-go was brought to the United States by Helen Keller. The dog was a gift given to her during her trip to Akita Prefecture. Kamikaze-go died of canine distemper not long after she adopted him. In July of 1938 another Akita named Kenzan-go, who was the older brother of her first Akita, was given to her as an official gift from the Japanese government. After World War II many servicemen brought Akita Inu dogs to the USA.
Clubs, Registration & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- America’s Pet Registry, Inc.
- Akita Club of America
- American Canine Association, Inc.
- American Canine Registry
- American Kennel Club
- Continental Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
- National Kennel Club
Average Weight: 75-120 lbs.
Personality Traits: Alert, intellegent, loyal
Country of Origin: Japan
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